Generic Name(s): guaifenesin / phenylpropanolamine
Drug Class: decongestant/expectorant combination
Treats: Coughs ,Stuffy nose ,Sinusitis
Guaipax is a combination medication (guaifenesin / phenylpropanolamine) that is used to treat the symptoms caused by the common cold such as coughing and congestion of the nasal passages. Guaipax may also be used to treat infection of the sinuses, lungs and throat. Guaipax is available through a doctor’s prescription.
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Guaifenesin and phenylpropanolamine are the active ingredients in Guaipax. Guaifenesin belongs to a class of drugs known as expectorants. It is used to break the congestion and mucous in the nasal passage thereby making breathing easier. Guaifenesin works by thinning the mucus, increasing lubrication of the respiratory tract as well as increasing the removal of the mucous.
Phenylpropanolamine, on the other hand, is a decongestant that works by constricting the blood vessels in the nasal passage. This in turn reduces the swelling of the mucous membranes in areas such as the nose and the sinuses. Note that Guaipax may be used to treat other conditions as directed by the doctor. Guaipax is indicated for:
- Stuffy nose
Guaipax dosage may differ from one individual to the other based on factors such as age, weight, medical history, response to treatment and the severity of the condition being treated. Guaipax comes with a medication guide in the products package. The medication guide should be read thoroughly and if you have any questions you should contact your doctor. Below is the typical Guaipax dose.
- 5 mL to 10 mL (100 mg-12.5 mg/5 mL) orally every 4 hours
If a Guaipax dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible. However, if it is about time for the second dose, the missed dose should be skipped and normal schedule returned to.
Guaipax Side Effects
Like any other drug, Guaipax is associated with certain side effects. The severity of these side effects may differ from one patient to the other. Not all side effects need to be reported, but don't hesitate to call your doctor immediately if you experience severe side effects to avoid fatalities. Common side effects may go away as your body adjusts to Guaipax activities. This is not a complete list of all Guaipax side effects. Abnormal or unusual side effects should be reported immediately.
Common Guaipax side effects
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Hot flashes
- Irritation of the skin
Stop using Guaipax and call your doctor if you experience the following side effects:
- Severe headaches
- Increased urination
- Blurred vision
- Problems swallowing
- Inability to breath
- Severe dizziness
- Tightness of the chest
Guaipax may interact with other drugs and substances. Certain drugs and substances may affect how Guaipax works and delay expected results in addition to causing serious side effects. Before taking Guaipax, you should inform your doctor if you are taking any other medication.Be sure to mention the prescription, over-the-counter drugs and vitamins as well as herbal supplements. Below is a list of drugs that interact with Guaipax. It is important to speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions should be managed since this list does not contain all possible Guaipax interactions.
- Histussin D