Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid

Generic Name: dextromethorphan polistirex/guaifenesin (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan/gwye-FEN-e-sin)
Brand Name: Atuss-12 DX

Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid is used for:

Temporarily relieving cough due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, sore throat, or bronchitis.

Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid is a combination of an expectorant (guaifenesin) and a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan). It works by loosening mucus and lung secretions in the chest and making coughs more productive.

Do NOT use Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid
  • you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, selegiline) within the last 14 days
  • you are taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) (eg, fluoxetine)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid:

Some medical conditions may interact with Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have chronic cough, chronic bronchitis, or any breathing problems, such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • MAOIs (eg, selegiline) and SSRIs (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of toxic side effects may be increased by Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid:

Use Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Shake well before each use
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • To help Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid work, drink plenty of extra fluids while taking Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid, unless your health care provider instructed otherwise.
  • If you miss a dose of Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid.

Important safety information:

  • Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • If your cough lasts for more than 1 week or comes back, or if you also have a fever, rash, or persistent headache, contact your health care provider. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
  • Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid has dextromethorphan in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has dextromethorphan in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - Some brands of Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid may contain sugar. This may affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid.
  • Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid while pregnant. It is not known if Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid.

Possible side effects of Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; stomach upset.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; slowed breathing.

Proper storage of Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid:

Store Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Atuss-12 DX extended-release liquid. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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