QC Cough/ Cold

Generic Name: chlorpheniramine/dextromethorphan (klor-fen-IHR-ah-meen/DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan)
Brand Name: Examples include Coricidin HBP Cough/Cold and QC Cough/Cold

QC Cough/ Cold is used for:

Relieving cough and other symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing due to colds, upper respiratory infections, and allergies. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

QC Cough/Cold is an antihistamine and cough suppressant combination. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces allergy symptoms such as watery eyes and sneezing. The cough suppressant works in the brain to help decrease the cough reflex.

Do NOT use QC Cough/ Cold if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in QC Cough/Cold
  • you take sodium oxybate (GHB) or if you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

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

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Before using QC Cough/ Cold:

Some medical conditions may interact with QC Cough/Cold. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan 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 a fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • if you have a history of asthma, lung problems (eg, emphysema), adrenal gland problems (eg, adrenal gland tumor), heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart blood vessel problems, stroke, glaucoma, a blockage of your stomach or intestines, ulcers, a blockage of your bladder, trouble urinating, enlarged prostate, seizures, or an overactive thyroid

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with QC Cough/Cold. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone, MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), or sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of serious side effects, such as severe low blood pressure, severe drowsiness, breathing problems, fever, severe muscle problems, and possibly death, may be increased by QC Cough/Cold
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of side effects, such as bleeding, may be increased by QC Cough/Cold
  • Isoniazid because side effects of QC Cough/Cold may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if QC Cough/Cold 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 QC Cough/ Cold:

Use QC Cough/Cold as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • QC Cough/Cold may be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of QC Cough/Cold, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use QC Cough/Cold.

Important safety information:

  • QC Cough/Cold may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to QC Cough/Cold. Using QC Cough/Cold alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Do NOT exceed the recommended dose or take QC Cough/Cold for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 5 to 7 days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • QC Cough/Cold may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to QC Cough/Cold. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
  • If you are scheduled for allergy skin testing, do not take QC Cough/Cold for several days before the test because it may decrease your response to the skin tests.
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using QC Cough/Cold.
  • Use QC Cough/Cold with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Caution is advised when using QC Cough/Cold in CHILDREN because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking QC Cough/Cold, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using QC Cough/Cold during pregnancy. It is unknown if QC Cough/Cold is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking QC Cough/Cold.

Possible side effects of QC Cough/ Cold:

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:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; excitability; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; trouble sleeping; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating or inability to urinate; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; tremor; trouble sleeping; vision changes.

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 blurred vision; confusion; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; severe drowsiness; unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; vomiting.

Proper storage of QC Cough/Cold:

Store QC Cough/Cold 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 QC Cough/Cold out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about QC Cough/Cold, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • QC Cough/Cold 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 should not be used to decide whether or not to take QC Cough/Cold 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 QC Cough/Cold. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to QC Cough/Cold. 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 QC Cough/Cold.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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