Chlorpheniramine tannate/hydrocodone tannate (By mouth)
Chlorpheniramine Tannate (klor-fen-IR-a-meen TAN-ate), Hydrocodone Tannate
Treats cough, runny nose, and stuffy nose caused by a cold or allergy. This medicine is a combination of an allergy medicine and a narcotic cough medicine.
NovasusThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to chlorpheniramine or hydrocodone.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine is not for long-term use.
- Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. You should shake the oral liquid medicine just before measuring the dose.
- Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid constipation.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®), medicine to treat depression (such as amitriptyline, doxepin, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, or Sinequan®), or other anticholinergic medicines (such as biperiden, oxybutynin, propantheline, tolterodine, Akineton®, Detrol®, or Ditropan®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have lung disease or breathing problems, a recent head injury, severe stomach pains, problems with bowel movements, or if you have just had a surgery.
- Tell your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, asthma, an enlarged prostate, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid problems, Addison's disease, or problems with urination.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- This medicine contains phenylalanine. Make sure your doctor knows if you have a disease called phenylketonuria (PKU), which is a problem with making some amino acids.
- Do not give this medicine to a child under 6 years old unless your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- This medicine may cause constipation. This is more common if you use it for a long time. Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Chest tightness.
- Problems with urination, or decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Severe dizziness, drowsiness, or sleepiness.
- Trouble breathing.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Anxiety, fear, confusion, or mood or mental changes.
- Dry mouth or throat.
- Nausea, vomiting, or constipation.
- Skin rash or itching.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 1/4/2011
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