Generic Name(s): dextromethorphan-guaifenesin
Drug Class: cough suppresant/expect combination
Treats: Coughs ,Bronchitis ,Sinusitis
Guaispan-Dm is a combination drug that is used to ease coughs caused by the common cold, sinusitis and bronchitis as well as other breathing complications. Guaispan-Dm is available through prescription and may be used for other purposes as determined by the doctor.
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Guaispan-Dm is comprised of an expectorant and cough suppressant. The cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) works by acting on a certain part of the brain (cough center) to reduce the urge to cough. The expectorant (guaifenesin) works by loosening and thinning the nasal passages, clearing congestion to enable easier breathing.
Note that Guaispan-Dm does not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may trigger an onset of severe side effects. To avoid such side effects, do not use Guaispan-Dm with another drug that contains similar ingredients at the same time. Also, do not use Guaispan-Dm in children below 12 years unless specifically authorized by a doctor as well. Guaispan-Dm is indicated for:
Guaispan-Dm 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 Guaispan-Dm dose. The time, length and interval between doses are determined by the severity of the condition being treated. Equally, the amount of Guaispan-Dm to be administered depends on the strength of the drug. Below is the Guaispan-Dm dosage
- 2 capsules every 4 hours/ not to exceed 12 capsules every 24 hours
If you miss a Guaispan-Dm 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.
Guaispan-Dm Side Effects
Just like any other drug using Guaispan-Dm 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 Guaispan-Dm Side Effects:
- Upper stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
Call the Doctor if You Experience These Severe Side Effects:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe headache
- Severe dizziness
- Tightness in the chest
Guaispan-Dm may cause other side effects not listed above
Below is a list of drugs and substances that can interact with Guaispan-Dm. In most instances, Guaispan-Dm 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 Guaispan-Dm:
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.