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To relieve dry mouth, suck (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute. This medication can dry up and thicken mucus in your lungs, making it more difficult to breathe and clear your lungs. To help prevent this effect, drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
To prevent constipation, eat a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. Consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (such as a stimulant type with stool softener).
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as depression, agitation, confusion, hallucinations), stomach/abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: slow/shallow breathing, fainting, unusual drowsiness/difficulty waking up, seizures.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Tussionex (hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to hydrocodone or chlorpheniramine; or to dexchlorpheniramine; or to hydromorphone; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (including sulfites such as sodium metabisulfite), 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 asthma, croup, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), brain disorders (such as seizures, head injury, tumor), stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation, diarrhea due to infection, paralytic ileus), glaucoma (narrow-angle), difficulty urinating (such as due to enlarged prostate or urethral stricture), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, kidney disease, liver disease, gallbladder disease, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), adrenal gland problem (such as Addison's disease), disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis), mental/mood disorders (such as confusion, depression, thoughts of suicide, toxic psychosis), heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This medication may contain sugar. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to use this product safely.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and slow/shallow breathing.
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of hydrocodone, especially slow/shallow breathing. Children may also be more sensitive to the effects of chlorpheniramine. In young children, antihistamines may cause agitation/excitement instead of drowsiness.
Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may slightly increase the risk of birth defects if used during the first two months of pregnancy. Using it during the last 3 months of pregnancy is not recommended because of possible harm to the unborn baby. To lessen the risk, take the smallest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Tell the doctor right away if you notice any symptoms in your newborn baby such as slow/shallow breathing, irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea.
This drug passes into breast milk and may rarely have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Tell the doctor immediately if your baby develops unusual sleepiness, difficulty feeding, or trouble breathing. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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