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All about: Guaifenesin DM Elixir

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Generic Name: Dextromethorphan/Guaifenesin Elixir, Liquid, Solution, or Syrup (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan/gwye-FEN-e-sin)
Brand Name: Examples include Guaifenesin DM and Tussi-Organidin-DM

Guaifenesin DM Elixir is used for:

Temporarily relieving cough due to the common cold, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, sore throat, or bronchitis.

Guaifenesin DM Elixir is a combination of an expectorant (guaifenesin) and a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan). It works by loosening mucus and lung secretions in the chest and making coughs more productive.

Do NOT use Guaifenesin DM Elixir if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Guaifenesin DM Elixir
  • you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, selegiline) within the last 14 days
  • you are taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) (eg, fluoxetine)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Guaifenesin DM Elixir:

Some medical conditions may interact with Guaifenesin DM Elixir. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have chronic cough, chronic bronchitis, or any breathing problems, such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Guaifenesin DM Elixir. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • MAOIs (eg, selegiline) and SSRIs (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of toxic side effects may be increased by Guaifenesin DM Elixir

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Guaifenesin DM Elixir may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Guaifenesin DM Elixir:

Use Guaifenesin DM Elixir as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Guaifenesin DM Elixir by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose.
  • To help Guaifenesin DM Elixir work, drink plenty of extra fluids while taking Guaifenesin DM Elixir, unless your health care provider instructed otherwise.
  • If you miss a dose of Guaifenesin DM Elixir and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Guaifenesin DM Elixir.

Important safety information:

  • Guaifenesin DM Elixir may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Guaifenesin DM Elixir with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • If your cough lasts for more than 1 week or comes back, or if you also have a fever, rash, or persistent headache, contact your health care provider. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
  • Guaifenesin DM Elixir has dextromethorphan in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has dextromethorphan in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - Some brands of Guaifenesin DM Elixir may contain sugar. This may affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using Guaifenesin DM Elixir.
  • Guaifenesin DM Elixir should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Guaifenesin DM Elixir while you are pregnant. It is not known if Guaifenesin DM Elixir is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Guaifenesin DM Elixir.

Possible side effects of Guaifenesin DM Elixir:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; stomach upset.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; slowed breathing.

Proper storage of Guaifenesin DM Elixir:

Store Guaifenesin DM Elixir at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Guaifenesin DM Elixir out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Guaifenesin DM Elixir, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Guaifenesin DM Elixir is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Guaifenesin DM Elixir. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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