Generic Name(s): guaifenesin /hydrocodone
Drug Class: antihistamine/decongestant combination
Treats: Hay fever ,allergies, common cold, flu
Q-Tuss is a combination medicine that is used for symptoms of the common cold, flu and allergies as well as other breathing ailments, such as bronchitis or sinusitis. Q-Tuss is also used to relieve watery eyes, coughs, runny nose and sneezing.
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Q-Tuss is an antitussive, antihistamine and decongestant combination. The antitussive inhibits the activities of certain chemicals in the brain to lessen the urge to cough. The antihistamine works by diminishing the activities of histamine. Histamine is a naturally occurring chemical that triggers the onset of symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes during an allergic reaction. The decongestant helps ease the symptoms of a stuffy nose, making it easier to breath. Q-Tuss, is neither safe nor effective for children under the age of 6 years. Also, Q-Tuss can be habit-forming when used for a long period and should only be used for the prescribed length of time. The use of Q-Tuss is indicated for:
- Hay fever
- The common cold
Q-Tuss comes with a medication guide that provides directions for use and dosage. Read the prescription label before using Q-Tuss and call your doctor if you have any questions. Do not take Q-Tuss more often than directed. Also, contact your doctor regarding the use of Q-Tuss in children; special care may be required. Below is the typical Q-Tuss dosage:
- 1 capsule (300 mg-5 mg) taken orally every 8 hours.
If a Q-Tuss dose is missed, take it as soon as possible; however, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal dosage schedule if it's almost time for the subsequent dose.
Q-Tuss Side Effects
Q-Tuss may cause varying side effects; however, some patients may not experience the side effects because of the difference in the body's ability to tolerate the effects of the drug. While common side effects may disappear on their own severe side effects may not, and a doctor's advice should be sought. Common side effects include:
- Mild pain in the eyes
- Upper stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
Consult your doctor if you experience any of these severe side effects:
- Bloody stool
- Irregular of fast heart beat
- Tightness in the chest
Q-Tuss may cause other side effects not listed above.
Q-Tuss may interact with certain substances and drugs. Seek your doctor's advice before combining Q-Tuss with other drugs and substances. Also, avoid starting, stopping or changing the use of any medication while taking Q-Tuss without informing your doctor. Share a list of all drugs, herbal supplements and minerals that you may be taking with your doctor to help monitor interactions.Drugs and substances that commonly interact with Q-Tuss are:
- Advair Diskus
- Ambien CR
- Detrol LA
- Fish Oil
- MethylPREDNISolone Dose Pack
- Pepcid AC
- Tussionex Pennkinetic
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
Q-Tuss may interact with other drugs and substances, not on this list.