Brand Name(s): Aquatab DM, Broncotron,Biotuss
Drug Class: cough suppresants
Treats: common colds, coughs
Benylin Expectorant, which is also known as dextromethorphan and guaifenesin, is a cough suppressant medication. Benylin Expectorant acts on the signals which are located in the brain and are responsible for triggering coughs. Benylin Expectorant helps to loosen congestion in the chest and throat enabling you to cough easily through the mouth.
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Benylin expectorant Uses
Chest congestion is mostly caused by allergies, common colds, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, asthma, sinus infections and other environmental allergies. Benylin belongs to a class of drugs known as expectorants.
Benylin expectorant works by thinning and loosening mucus in the airways which clears the congestion making breathing easier. Benylin will not treat a cough that is brought by smoking, emphysema or asthma. Benylin is normally used with a combination of other medication as prescribed by your doctor or care giver. Benylin Expectorant is used to treat:
- Common coughs
- Chest Congestion
Benylin expectorant Dosage
Benylin Expectorant dose is determined by the doctor. He or she may determine the dose based on factors such as severity of the condition being treated, weight, age, medical history and response to treatment. It, therefore, means that the dose may vary from one patient to the other. The duration between intervals, time and the length of using Benylin Expectorant are determined by the severity of the condition being treated. Ask your doctor if it’s safe to take this medication if you have chronic bronchitis, asthma or emphysema
- Benylin Expectorant is taken in the following dosage in adults:
- 10mg -20mg capsules-2 capsules after every 4 hours
- 5mg-100mg oral granule- 2-4 packets after every 4 hours
- 5mg -100mg/5ml oral liquid -after every 4 hours.
Note that: Children above 12 years should use the adult dose stated above. Benylin expectorant has not been shown to be safe and effective in children below 6 years unless specifically prescribed by the doctor.
If you miss a Benylin Expectorant dose, take it as soon as you can. However, if it is about time for the second dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule.
Benylin expectorant Side Effects
Benylin Expectorant has its own side effects just like any other medication. The severity of these side effects may vary from one person to the other depending on the body’s ability to handle the effects of the drug. Some people may not experience the side effects at all. Note that this list does not include all side effects
Common Benylin side effects are:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Stomach upset
- Loss of appetite
- Lower back pain
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following severe side effects
- Fever with or without chills
- Chest pain
- Changes in skin color
- Swelling of the mouth and eyes
- Joint muscle pain
Benylin expectorant Interactions
Some drugs and substances may interact with Benylin Expectorant which may reduce the drug’s effectiveness or cause severe side effects. In most cases, Benylin Expectorant is not combined with other drugs unless the doctor authorizes it. Thus, do not start, stop or change the use of any medication without informing your doctor.
- Aspirin low strength
This is not a complete list of all drugs and substances that interact with Benylin Expectorant. Hence, share a list of all drugs, prescription and non-prescription and herbal remedies that you may be using with your doctor to enable him monitor possible interactions on your behalf better.