Generic Name(s): guaifenesin and phenylpropanolamine
Drug Class: decongestant/expectorant combination
Treats: coughs, allergies, bronchitis
Guaiventn is a combination drug that used to temporarily relieve nasal congestion and coughs caused by infections such as common cold and allergies such as hay fever as well as breathing illness including sinusitis and bronchitis. Guaivent may not be used for an ongoing cough caused by smoking or long term breathing problems from conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
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Guaivent is a guifenesin and pseudophedrine combination. Guifenesin is categorized under expectorants and works by thinning and loosening the air passage thereby helping the patient breath easily. Pseudophedrine is a decongestant that reduces nasal congestion by narrowing blood vessels in the nose.
Guaivent may cause sleeping problem, therefore avoid taking the medication when you’re about to sleep. Also, Guaivent should not be used in children below six years unless specifically authorized by the doctor or pharmacist. Note that Guaivent is only avaibalbel through a doctor's prescription. Guaivent is typically indicated for:
- Hay fever
The dosage may vary from one patient to the other depending on the severity and the condition it is being used to treat. The time, interval between doses and the length a patient may use Guaivent is also dependent on the condition being treated. The amount of dose to be administered is based on patient’s weight and the drug’s strength. Below is a typical Guaivent Dosage
- 5 mL to 10 mL (100 mg-12.5 mg/5 mL) orally every 4 hours
If a Guaivent dose is missed, take it at the earliest opportunity. However, if it is time for the subsequent dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule.
Guaivent Side Effects
Just like any other drug, using Guaivent may result in mild or severe side effects. While the severity of the side effects may differ from one person to the other, severe side effects should be reported immediately to the doctor to avert possible fatalities. Common side effects may subside as the body gets used to the activities of the drug. Guaivent may cause other side effects not listed below.
Common Guaivent Side Effects
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these severe side effects
- Blurred vision
- Extreme sleepiness
- Ringing in the ears
Some drugs and substances may not be combined with Guaivent. Doing so may result in severe side effects. Do not start, stop or change the use of Guaivent without consulting your doctor. While your doctor may be aware of all possible Guaivent side effects, it is important that you share a list of all drugs, over the counter prescription and herbal products that you may be using.
Guaivent Drug and Substance Interactions
This may not be the complete list of drugs and substances that can interact with Guaivent. However, your doctor may be monitoring the possible interactions on your behalf and will advise you accordingly.