Generic Name(s): Pseudoephedrine/guaifenesin
Drug Class: Upper respiratory combinations
Treats: cough, stuffy nose, chest congestion
The drug ExeFen is a combination drug that consists of pseudoephedrine and guaifenesin. Guaifenesin is an expectorant and helps ease congestion in the throat and chest. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant which works by shrinking blood vessels inside the nasal passage so as to reduce problems of congested or stuffy nose and sinuses. ExeFen belongs to 2 groups of drugs: sympathomimetics and decongestants. It is considered an upper respiratory combination.
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ExeFen is used to treat symptoms of the common cold, runny nose and coughs resulting from infections, allergies and breathing illnesses. However, ExeFen use is not recommended for the treatment of coughs caused by smoking, chronic bronchitis or emphysema. ExeFen is therefore prescribed by doctors for the treatment of the following conditions and symptoms.
- Nasal congestion
- Chest congestion
- Stuffy nose
Doctors may in some cases prescribe ExeFen use for the treatment of conditions not mentioned here. ExeFen should not be used for children under four years of age.
ExeFen dosage is prescribed by a medical practitioner and will depend on factors such as severity of symptoms, patient"s medical history and their weight. ExeFen dose is administered orally with or without food. It is important that patients with an ExeFen dosage take this medicine exactly as prescribed. The following is the prescribed adult ExeFen dosage for treatment and management of cough, nasal congestion and stuffy nose.
- Regular tablet: 1 tablet (30 - 45mg) orally up to 4 tablets per day
- Syrup: 10 mL taken orally 3 - 4 times per day
- Extended-release tablets: 1 tablet (30 - 60 mg) orally every 12 hours
ExeFen Side Effects
Patients taking ExeFen may experience some side effects. However, most patients will hardly experience any serious ExeFen side effects. Mild side effects usually go away within a few days. Serious side effects or allergic reactions should be referred to a healthcare professional for immediate attention. If any side effects persist, you should talk to your doctor about how to manage them. The following is a list of known ExeFen side effects. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here.
- Feeling weak
- Trouble getting to sleep
- Easily excitable
Like any drug, ExeFen may interact with other drugs and substances. Drug interactions can affect the way a drug works and are likely to make it ineffective. Serious ExeFen interactions with other drugs may result in an allergic reaction or serious side effects. This is the reasons why patients are advised to share with their doctor a list of all drugs and other products such as health supplements they may be using. The doctor will then check for possible ExeFen interactions. The following products and drugs are normally checked for possible ExeFen interactions. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.