Tussigon

Generic Name: homatropine/hydrocodone (hoe-MA-troe-peen/HIGH-droe-KOE-dohn)
Brand Name: Tussigon

Tussigon is used for:

Temporary relief of cough. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tussigon is an anticholinergic and narcotic cough suppressant combination. The anticholinergic works by drying up secretions and the narcotic depresses the cough reflex in the brain.

Do NOT use Tussigon if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Tussigon or any morphine-related medicine (eg, codeine, oxycodone)
  • you have diarrhea due to food poisoning or pseudomembranous colitis
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)

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

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Before using Tussigon:

Some medical conditions may interact with Tussigon. Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 (including any cough-and-cold products or medicines that cause drowsiness), herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or other heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure)
  • if you have high blood pressure, thyroid problems, stomach problems (eg, surgery, severe inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, obstruction), or liver disease
  • if you use alcohol or are dependent on drugs
  • if you have lung disease (eg, asthma, history of severe breathing problems), a seizure disorder, serious head injury or brain disease, psychiatric problems (eg, suicidal thoughts), glaucoma, or sleep apnea

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

  • Barbiturate anesthetics (eg, thiopental), cimetidine, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (eg, phenelzine), narcotic pain medicines (eg, codeine), and sodium oxybate (GHB) because they may increase the risk of Tussigon's side effects
  • Naltrexone because it may decrease Tussigon's effectiveness

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

Use Tussigon as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Tussigon by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you miss a dose of Tussigon 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 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 Tussigon.

Important safety information:

  • Tussigon may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Tussigon with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if you develop a high fever or persistent headache, check with your doctor.
  • Tussigon may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Tussigon.
  • Use Tussigon with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Tussigon should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Tussigon can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Tussigon while you are pregnant. It is not known if Tussigon is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Tussigon.

Some people who use Tussigon for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. If you stop taking Tussigon suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include feeling unwell or unhappy, anxious or irritable, dizzy, confused, or agitated. You may also have nausea, unusual skin sensations, mood swings, headache, trouble sleeping, or sweating. If you need to stop Tussigon, your doctor will lower your dose over time.

Possible side effects of Tussigon:

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:

Blurred vision; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, throat, or nose; excitement; nausea; stomach upset; thickening or mucus in nose or throat.

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); difficulty urinating; flushing; rapid or pounding heartbeat; redness of face; severe drowsiness or dizziness.

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 agitation; coma; confusion; deep sleep or loss of consciousness; difficulty breathing; diminished mental alertness; hallucinations; hot or cold skin; large and unchanging pupils; sedation; seizures; shaking; sleeplessness; slow heartbeat; slowed breathing.

Proper storage of Tussigon:

Store Tussigon at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Tussigon out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Tussigon, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tussigon 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 Tussigon 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 Tussigon. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Tussigon. 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 Tussigon.

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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