Generic Name(s): diphenhydramine / hydrocodone / phenylephrine
Drug Class: decongestant/expectorant/antihistamine combination
Treats: coughs, allergies, bronchitis, common cold, flu
Gestuss-Hc is a combination drug that is used to the common cold, hay fever and allergies as well as other breathing complications including sinusitis and bronchitis. Gestuss-Hc may also be used to relieve watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Gestuss-Hc is available through the doctor’s or pharmacist’s prescription.
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Gestuss-Hc contains a decongestant, cough suppressant and antihistamine. The decongestant works by shrinking dilated blood vessels to relieve stuffy nose symptoms.
The cough suppressant works by inhibiting the activities of a certain part of the brain to reduce the urge to cough. The antihistamine works by reducing the effects of histamine. Histamine occurs naturally in the body and can cause watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Gestuss-Hc does not shorten the length of the common cold and should not be used for more than seven days unless directly by the doctor. If the symptoms do not improve, the doctor may recommend another form of treatment altogether. Gestuss-Hc is indicated for:
- The common cold
Gestuss-Hc should be use as directed by the doctor. The doctor may use factors such as your weight, medical history and response to treatment to establish the Gestuss-Hc dose. The time, length and interval between doses are determined by the severity of the condition being treated. Equally, the amount of Gestuss-Hc to be administered depends on the strength of the drug. Below is the Gestuss-Hc dosage
- 10 mL orally every 4 hours not to exceed 40 mL every 24 hours
If you miss a Gestuss-Hc dosage, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the subsequent dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule.
Gestuss-Hc Side Effects
Just like any other drug using Gestuss-Hc is will bring about side effects. The extent of the side effects may vary from one patient to the other. Not all side effects may be reported but do not hesitate to contact your doctor immediately you experience the severe side effects listed below. Mild side effects may go away as the body gets used to the effects of the drug.
Common Gestuss-Hc Side Effects:
- Loss of appetite
- Upper stomach pain
Call the Doctor if You Experience These Severe Side Effects:
- Severe headache
- Severe dizziness
- Tightness in the chest
- Irregular heartbeat
Gestuss-Hc may cause other side effects not listed above
Below is a list of drugs and substances that can interact with Gestuss-Hc. In most instances, Gestuss-Hc may not be combined with other drugs unless under the doctor’s direction. Seek your doctor’s advice before using any new medications or substances.
Drugs that Interact With Gestuss-Hc:
Gestuss-Hc may interact with other drugs and substances not listed above. Be sure to share a list of all drugs, both prescription and non prescription as well as dietary supplements that you may be using to help monitor possible interactions with your doctor.