Generic Name(s): chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine
Drug Class: Upper respiratory combinations
Treats: allergies, colds, upper respiratory infections
Qual-Tussin is a decongestant, antihistamine, and cough suppressant combination medication used to relieve symptoms including congestion, runny nose, and other allergic symptoms. All three of the drugs in Qual-Tussin work differently to treat symptoms caused by cold and respiratory infections.
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Qual-Tussin is a combination of drugs including a decongestant, antihistamine, and cough suppressant. These medications work differently to help treat infections. The antihistamine blocks the chemical substance histamine, which is responsible for watery eyes and runny nose. The decongestant works by constricting the blood vessels, which reduces swelling in the nasal passage. The cough suppressant works in the brain to decrease the cough reflex to reduce a dry cough. Qual-Tussin is used to relieve symptoms from:
- Upper respiratory infections
Some of these symptoms include sinus congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing.
Below you will find the general dosage guidelines for Qual-Tussin that healthcare providers use. The condition of the patient or patient's medical history may lead a healthcare professional to advise a different regimen for Qual-Tussin. It is not advisable to stop taking a medication or change dosage without a doctor's approval.
- Take 5 mL orally twice a day. Do not exceed 10 mL per day.
- 6 to 11 years: Take 5 mL orally 4 to 6 times per day.
- 2 to 5 years: Take 2.5 mL orally every 4 to 6 times a day. Do not exceed 10 mL daily
Qual-Tussin Side Effects
You make experience side effects while using Qual-Tussin. Before you start using Qual-Tussin, consult with your physician and find out all the possible side effects that may need immediate treatment. The common side effects of Qual-Tussin include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Upset stomach
Severe side effects of Qual-Tussin include:
- Troubled breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Severe drowsiness
- Vision changes
Different medications can interact with Qual-Tussin and reduce its intended purpose for the body. Pre-existing conditions in the body can interact with Qual-Tussin and diminish its decongestant, antihistamine, and cough suppressant properties. Drugs that interact with Qual-Tussin include:
- Beta-blockers (propranolol)
- COMT inhibitors (tolcapone)
- MAOIs (phenelzine)
- Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline)
- Sodium oxybate (GHB)
- Hydantoins ( phenytoin)