Generic Name(s): guaifenesin / hydrocodone
Drug Class: cough supressant/expectorant combination
Treats: Coughs,Allergies, Common cold
Hycosin is a combination drug that is used to treat cough and reduce the congestion resulting from the common cold, flu or allergies. Hycosin is also used to help loosen congestion in the throat thereby allowing the patient to cough through the mouth. Hycosin may also be used for other purposes as directed by the doctor.
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Hycosin is a narcotic cough suppressant and expectorant combination. The cough suppressant works by interfering with a certain part of the brain (cough center) to lessen the urge to cough. The expectorant works signaling the body to increase the amount of hydration or secretion to lubricate the irritated respiratory tract.
Just like most cold and cough medications, Hycosin should not be used for more than 21 days and an alternative treatment should be sought if the symptoms haven’t improved. Note that Hycosin may impair thinking, thus avoid engaging in activities that require to you be alert or awake while taking the drug. Hycosin is indicated for:
- Common cold
Hycosin comes with a medication guide in the products package. The medication guide should be read comprehensively and if you have any questions contact your doctor or physician. Hycosin dose 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.
- 1 extended release tablet (1200 mg-20 mg) orally every 12 hours with a maximum dose of 2 tablets every 24 hours
If you miss a Hycosin dose take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is about time for the second dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not take double Hycosin doses.
Hycosin Side Effects
Like any other drug, Hycosin is associated with certain side effects. The extent of these side effects may differ from one patient to the other. Not all side effects may be reported, but don’t hesitate to call your doctor immediately if you experiences severe side effects to avoid fatalities. Common side effects may go away as your body adjusts to Hycosin activities.
Common Hycosin side effects
- Upper stomach pain
- Mild fever
- Loss of appetite
Stop using Hycosin and call your doctor if you experience the following;
- Severe dizziness
- Tightness of the chest
- Severe headaches
- Inability to breath
- Reduced urination
- Blurred vision
- Problems swallowing
Note that these are not the only Hycosin side effects. Contact your doctor for more advice.
Certain drugs may affect how Hycosin works and delay expected results. Before taking Hycosin, you should inform your doctor if you are taking any other medication. Do not forget to mention the prescription, over-the-counter drugs and vitamins as well as herbal supplements.
Below is a list of drugs that interact with Hycosin
- Advair diskus
- Pepcid AC
- Vitamin C
This may not be the complete list all the drugs that can interact with Hycosin but it is important to talk to your doctor about how any drug interactions should be managed.