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What is difference between tussionex and cheratussin?

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Rajive Goel 27 Jun 2012

Tussionex (hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex) is a prescription medication approved to treat coughing and other upper respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose and sneezing, caused by allergies or the common cold. It is a combination medicine that contains an antihistamine and a narcotic cough suppressant.

Cheratussin DAC under U.S. federal law, up to four ounces can be purchased within a 48 hour period without prescription, provided the purchaser is at least 18 years of age, sign a log book, and provide identification if not known to the pharmacist. However, many states nonetheless prohibit sale without prescription, or have restrictions on purchase. For example, New Jersey law specifies that a person can purchase no more than 4 four ounce bottles per year. Some states permit the sale of no more than two ounces at a time without a prescription. Even in states that allow purchase without prescription, the drug may be very difficult to purchase without one as pharmacists can and do exercise pharmaceutical discretion, and very commonly decline to sell the drug without prescription. This is particularly true when the individual is not known to the pharmacist.

Each 5 mL of Cheratussin DAC contains 10 mg of codeine (an opiate), 100 mg of guaifenesin (an expectorant), and 30 mg of pseudoephedrine (a decongestant).

However, please do double check this with a pharmacist, please.

take care, best wishes!

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