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(guaifenesin) Tablet and Liquid
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Guaifenesin (glyceryl guaiacolate) has the chemical name 3-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-1,2-propanediol. Its molecular formula is C10H14O4 with a molecular weight of 198.21. It is a white or slightly gray crystalline substance with a slightly bitter aromatic taste. One gram dissolves in 20 mL water at 25°C; it is freely soluble in ethanol. Guaifenesin is readily absorbed from the GI tract and is rapidly metabolized and excreted in the urine. Guaifenesin has a plasma half-life of one hour. The major urinary metabolite is b-(2-methoxyphenoxy) lactic acid.
ORGANIDIN® NR (guaifenesin) is an expectorant available for oral administration as:
Tablets — each containing 200 mg guaifenesin, USP.
Other ingredients: Corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, FD&C Red No. 40, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose.
What are the possible side effects of guaifenesin?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects may include:
- dizziness or headache,
- a rash, or
- nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at...
What are the precautions when taking guaifenesin (Organidin NR)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, smoker's cough), cough with blood or large amounts of mucus.
Liquid forms of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, liver disease, or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/22/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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