Generic Name(s): guaifenesin and phenylephrine
Drug Class: Upper respiratory combinations
Treats: cough, nasal congestion
Aldex is known by its generic name as (guaifenesin and phenylephrine). It is classified in a group of drugs known as upper respiratory combinations. The combination of the two drugs makes it more appropriate for decongesting of all nasal passages in the chest, throat and nose. It performs its functions by shrinking the blood vessels in the nasal passages.
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Aldex is used in the treatment of cough and nasal congestion. It is made of two drugs known as Guaifenesin and phenylephrine making it be effective in its purpose. It acts as a decongestant and expectorant.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant whose function is to loosens the congestion in the chest and throat making it so easy to cough and remove the sputum that could have thickened in the body.
Phenylephrine is a decongestant that functions by opening all the sinuses and thinning the sputum congested in the body thus relieving your body to enjoy good breath and overall good health.
- Cough and nasal congestion
Aldex is prescribed to patients with the above-described symptoms. It is, therefore, advisable that every patient should ensure that he or she has taken the right dosage. The parents should ensure that their children have taken the correct dosage. An overdose of this drug can lead to complications of which some are severe and can lead to even death. Ask the doctor for the right dosage or read the prescription label well. The drug is in syrup, liquid and tablet form. Below is the correct dosage of Aldex:
Usual dosage for
Guaifenesin 550 mg- phenylephrine 8.5 mg tablet:
- Should take 1tablet orally in every 4- 6 hours and should not exceed 4 doses per day
2- 5 years
- Should take 1 ml orally in every 4- 6 hours and should not exceed 4 doses per day
6- 12 years
- Should take 2 ml orally in every 4- 6 hours and should not exceed 4 doses per day
Aldex Side Effects
Like other drugs, Aldex is also prone to the side effects. However, not all side effects can be reported to a physician. It only severe effects or prolonging expected side effects should be taken to a doctor. Before taking or administering any drug into your body always seek the doctor’s advice. He will explain to you on the side effects to expect and hence you can respond accordingly. Here are the side effects of Aldex:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe headache
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty in breathing
- Difficulty urinating
- Troubled sleeping
Aldex is proven to interact with other drugs. This means that every patient should ask inform the doctor if he is taking any other medication. This helps the doctor to determine the best medication for you to avoid drug interaction that can cause severe complications. Below are the drugs that are known to interact with Aldex: