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General Information on Guaifenesin

Generic Name : Guaifenesin

Pronunciation : gwye fen' e sin

Latest prescription information about Guaifenesin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Expectorant and Cough Products

Other Name(s) of Guaifenesin

Glyceryl Guaiacolate

Why is Guaifenesin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an expectorant, prescribed for chest congestion. It promotes lower respiratory tract drainage by thinning the mucus in the air passages to make it easier to cough up the mucus and clear the airways.  

When should Guaifenesin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Guaifenesin?

PO- The recommended dose is 200 to 400 mg 4 hourly. Max: 2.4 g/day.

How should Guaifenesin be taken?

It comes as tablets, capsules, granules and syrup, to take orally with or without food as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Guaifenesin?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of persistent cough e.g. occurs with smoking, asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, cough accompanied by excessive secretions, cough with a fever, rash or persistent headache, pregnancy, lactation, porphyria.

What are the side effects of Guaifenesin?

  Central Nervous System: Dizziness and headache.
  Skin: Rash and hives.
  Gastrointestinal: Nausea and vomiting.

What are the other precautions for Guaifenesin?

Avoid abrupt withdrawal, otherwise excessive elevations in blood pressure and symptoms such as nervousness, headache and confusion may occur.

What are the storage conditions for Guaifenesin?

Store it in room temperature and in airtight container. Keep away from children.

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