Guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine Side Effects
Some side effects of guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine: capsules, controlled-release capsules, liquid, sustained-release capsules, sustained-release tablets, syrup, tablets
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine:
Dizziness; excitability; headache; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; trouble sleeping; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; tremor.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine: oral capsule, oral capsule extended release, oral liquid, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral tablet extended release
Cardiovascular side effects have included significant increases in heart rate. Hypertension and arrhythmias have also been problematic in susceptible patients.
Pseudoephedrine may cause vasoconstriction which generally does not produce hypertension, but may be problematic for patients with preexisting hypertension. Arrhythmias may be produced in predisposed patients. Rarely, pseudoephedrine has been reported to cause coronary artery spasm and chest pain.
Nervous system side effects of pseudoephedrine have included stimulation, resulting in tremor, anxiety, and nervousness. Insomnia has been reported in up to 30% of pseudoephedrine-treated patients. Headache has also been reported in patients receiving pseudoephedrine. Guaifenesin has occasionally caused dizziness and headache.
Gastrointestinal side effects associated with pseudoephedrine have included anorexia and gastric irritation in approximately 5% of patients. Dry mouth, nose, or throat has occurred in up to 15% of patients. Gastrointestinal upset and vomiting have been reported with higher than recommended doses of guaifenesin. Doses recommended for expectoration have rarely been associated with gastrointestinal upset.
Hypersensitivity side effects have included fixed drug eruptions secondary to pseudoephedrine.
Dermatologic side effects have included rare reports of rash.
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