Generic Name(s): guaifenesin / phenylephrine
Drug Class: Upper respiratory combinations
Treats: stuffy nose, sinus congestion, chest congestion, cold or flu, throat
Amidal (guaifenesin / phenylephrine) is a combination medicine which mainly treats stuffy nose and senus congestion while reducing reducing chest congestion caused by the common cold or flu. This medication is combined of Guaifenesin which is an experoctorant and phenlyephrine which acts as a decongestant. However, Amidal may also be used for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
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Amidal (guaifenesin / phenylephrine) is a combination medicine which is used for the treatment of stuffy nose and sinus congestion. It is also used to reduce chest congestion caused by common cold or flu. Amidal contains Guaifenesin is an expectorant that is used in reducing chest congestion and loosening the throat to make coughing easier through the mouth. It also contains phenylephrine which acts as a decongestant. It is used to shrink the blood vessels in the nasal passages. Nasal congestion may be caused by dilated blood vessels. Amidal may also be used for other purposes as determined by the doctor.
- stuffy nose
- sinus congestion
- chest congestion
- cold or flu
Amidal dosage is administered in the form of an oral capsule, oral suspension, oral liquid, and oral tablets. Dosage depends on the strength of the medicine. It also varies with the age since dosage is different for different patients. Do not start, stop or change dosage unless instructed by the doctor.
Adult Dose for Cough and Nasal Congestion
- Oral tablets: 1 tablet orally every 6 to 8 hours, not to exceed 4 tablets a day
- Oral liquid: 10 mL orally every 4 to 6 hours, up to 40 mL a day
- Oral capsules: 1 to 2 capsules orally every 12 hours
Pediatric Dose for Cough and Nasal Congestion
- 2 to 5 years: 1 mL every 4 to 6 hours. Do not exceed 4 doses in 24 hours.
- 6 to 12 years: 2 mL every 4 to 6 hours. Do not exceed 4 doses in 24 hours.
- 6 years to 11 years: 1/2 tablet every 6 to 8 hours, not to exceed 2 tablets a day
- Above 12 years: 1 tablet every 4 hours, not to exceed 6 tablets a day
Amidal Side Effects
Amidal has several side effects. Most side effects are brought by unnecessary use or overusing the medicine. However, it has some needed side effects which may not be reported and some unwanted side effects which should be reported for medication. In the event that any of these side effects occur seek medical advice promptly.
Common side effects of Amidal include:
- nervousness or anxiety
- trouble sleeping
- difficulty breathing
- tightness in the chest
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
- difficulty urinating
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache
Amidal has several drugs that it can interact with. These includes moderate, major and minor interactions. However, do not combine any medication without consulting the doctor for advice to avoid further complications. The doctor's and health professionals have a proper understanding of all medicines.
Some of the Amidal interactions include;
- alogliptin / metformin
- alogliptin / pioglitazone
- Altatapp (brompheniramine / phenylpropanolamine)
- ActoPlus Met XR (metformin / pioglitazone)
- Actos (pioglitazone)
- Acutrim 16 Hour (phenylpropanolamine)
- Acutrim II, Maximum Strength (phenylpropanolamine)
- Acutrim Late Day (phenylpropanolamine)
- brompheniramine / phenylpropanolamine
- Bronkometer (isoetharine)
- Bronkosol (isoetharine)
- Brovana (arformoterol)
- budesonide / formoterol
- Effexor (venlafaxine)
- Effexor XR (venlafaxine)
- Elavil (amitriptyline)
- Eldepryl (selegiline)