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User Reviews for Codeine / guaifenesin to treat Cough

Also known as: Cheratussin AC, Virtussin A/C, Guaiatussin AC, Cheracol with Codeine, Guaitussin AC, Codar GF, Guaifenesin AC, Glydeine, Gani-Tuss NR, Mar-cof CG, Bitex Liquid, Robafen AC, Allfen CD, Allfen CDX, Mytussin AC, Guiatussin with Codeine, Guaifen-C, Guaifen AC, Codafen, Guai-Co, Duraganidin NR, Diabetic Tussin C Dex-Tuss ExeClear-C Guiatuss AC Brontex M-Clear WC Pro-Clear …show all brand names

Codeine / guaifenesin has an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 from a total of 79 ratings for the treatment of Cough. 41% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 42% reported a negative effect.

Codeine/guaifenesin Rating Summary

5.5/10 average rating

79 ratings from 87 user reviews.

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Reviews for Codeine / guaifenesin

Ali d April 26, 2014

“This medicine helped with my cough but keeps me wired and wide awake and all I want to do is sleep because I am miserable. The pharmicist said it should help me sleep but apparently it has the opposite effect on me.”

5 / 10
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Feeling Great Now · Taken for less than 1 month November 23, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I had a cold and bad cough for two weeks before I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis. This has been amazing! It's bringing up the mucus that the OTC medicines wasn't and the cough is very minimal now. I take the dose on the lower end of the range prescribed and it's doing the job. So glad I finally caved and went to the doctor.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Taking the liquid form Cherritussin helped my cough very much. It was a great sleep aid when sick, but should not be over used. Also I would add DO NOT TAKE THIS AND THEN DRINK COFFEE! I didn't realize that the stimulant of caffeine mixed with it would bother me. Also check to see if pseudoephedrine is mixed in any way with your codeine as this is also a stimulant and worsens the situation.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous January 28, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Cough kept getting worse at night so doctor had me start this medicine and I stopped the Tylenol cough and cold. First night I was up at 4 am with dry throat, dry eyes and a bloody nose. Took another dose with water and it took almost an hour to kick in. Second night I didn't seem to help at all, kept coughing and was probably worst night of all. Waited for dose to wear off then went back to Tylenol for a good night sleep.”

2 / 10
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Baya · Taken for less than 1 month October 12, 2014

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “My 8yr old Daughter had pneumonia, diagnosed 6 days ago along with her Z-pack antibiotics. Cheratussin AC, not only quieted her cough when it was hurting, but helped to expel the congestion. No bad side effects, but hated the bitter taste.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month October 5, 2016

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I was prescribed Cheratussin AC for a cough due to acute bronchitis. However, it seems to make the cough worse. My body wants to cough up phlegm, and the medicine tries to suppress the coughing reflex. That makes my body try even harder to cough up phlegm, and just ends up giving me a headache and a throat that hurts more.”

3 / 10
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Me · Taken for less than 1 month October 27, 2019

Virtussin A/C (codeine / guaifenesin): “I was given this for a persistent cough that I've had for about a week and a half now. My whole body hurts. My heads going to explode. My throat is ripped to shreds and I havent slept well at all. I had a cough like this a couple years ago and I remember my doc giving me a codeine cough syrup and it was seriously a miracle in a bottle. I was so excited to get this and was looking forward to sleeping. This is not the same. It has made zero difference. I am still consistently waking up coughing 3 days later. I'm reaching my breaking point.”

1 / 10
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ctrapane January 7, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I have been taking this medicine for a week and I am still coughing. I am finally getting some sleep but is still waking up with coughing fits. I have not had any side effects but I can't say this medicine works.”

3 / 10
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biore January 14, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Had a cough for close to a year. I thought it was from congestive heart failure. Had been using Mucenix DM for the thick phlegm. It helped some but not enough. Then I got a cold and my cough and phlegm got much worse. My family insisted I see a doctor. The doctor prescribed this, what a relief it has been. Getting much phelgm out and cough is almost gone after 4 days on the syrup! Has been an answer to prayer so far! I had been battling this cough for a year and it took so much out of me. Amazing to have it helped so much!”

10 / 10
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John P. November 7, 2014

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Like clockwork my allergy to Mountain Cedar starts around late October. Congestion, cough but no fever. My doctor prescribes Cheratussin syrup and it works great. I also take Mucinex DM with this and it stops the congestion and cough after about an hour. I couldn't make it without this.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous November 23, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Been coughing for 3 weeks and this helped a lot. I am taking all sorts of over the counter pills, gels, capsules, hot water, cold water mixes with multiple active ingredients and Cheratussin AC syrup gave me better relief than anything else. I still couldn't sleep through the night and ended up taking middle of the night doses with the other things as it took over 4 weeks to get over my flu. When I was younger I got a codeine cough syrup and it didn't help but this time this did.”

10 / 10
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Reii · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 21, 2019

Virtussin A/C (codeine / guaifenesin): “I used to use promethazine but my ENT will only prescribe Robatussin or Virtussin whenever I catch a sinus infection. It’s been a huge relief to help me sleep at night but still allows small coughs to slip through here and there. However it’s much better than those major coughs where you’re just left breathless.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous November 19, 2011

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I took this medicine for coughing at night and had a very negative reaction to it. I seemed to have all of the classic signs of a heart attack - pain in the chest and back - it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Heart rate went down very low and blood pressure was low and then high. ”

1 / 10
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Bobblehead Fred April 11, 2012

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I had a bad cold a year or so ago, and my throat was killing me from coughing. My doctor prescribed this stuff and it made everything manageable. I was still sick, don't get me wrong, but I didn't really feel sick. At first I was worried because it made me feel different and weird, but I realized that it was just relaxing me so I could get some rest. It worked great.”

9 / 10
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brittysaywhat January 3, 2011

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I took this for a cough I was having in conjunction with a sore throat. Every time I coughed it just made my throat feel terrible. It did nothing for my cough at all, and it kept me up all night. The medicine and the cough, combined, made me lay awake. The codeine just didn't seem to knock me out. I had better luck with Theraflu Warming.”

3 / 10
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Anonymous January 26, 2010

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “My daughter and son were both prescribed this and it didn't work for either of them. In fact, they both complained that it gave them a bad headache about an hour after taking it and they are both still coughing all night long. Our pediatrician said this was just as good as Tussionex but much cheaper. I'd rather pay $40 co-pay for the Tussionex since I know it works. No relief for me or my children.”

2 / 10
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IndyQuilter December 11, 2008

Iophen-C NR (codeine / guaifenesin): “I am 68 and have had asthma for about 15 years. For a while I was hospitalized about once a year with a respiratory infection. Thanks to my Ddoctor we have headed off many infections over the years with a short treatment program of Iophen-C NR to get rid of the congestion. It has worked well for me. I also take anti-convulsants (since I was 15) and suffer no side effects with the syrup. I put the bottle on the counter with a slip of paper to monitor the dosage. It has been a blessing for me.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month November 1, 2012

Robitussin-AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Works great! Quiets a hacking cough, no matter how bad. Works the best & when other products don't work. Does cause drowsiness though but that's not bad if it's night time or you're convalescing at home anyway from being sick. Great stuff!”

9 / 10
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Anonymous March 22, 2010

Robitussin-AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Great Medicine.I Coughed so much that the dr said I have bruised my ribs..very painful,this stuff is the best when you are having severe constant coughing it will give you relief and let you rest.wat better than the otc cough syrups.”

10 / 10
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Beaner · Taken for less than 1 month October 3, 2019

“My Dr first provided this cough syrup to help stop an insane cough from a sinus infection I had when I couldn't sleep for like a week due to hacking. I tried everything else but nothing worked. I took 5ml (half dose) as I had never taken it before just to be sure. Nothing happened. So I took the rest of the 5ml...(full dose (10ml) and it immediately calms everything down, including my cough and I sleep well. No side effects here. No hang over. No weird dreams. And it tastes actually better than any of the OTC cough syrups. I only have to take it at night...and only a couple of nights at the most when my cough resolves. Works well when all else fails.”

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Poof/ Female · Taken for less than 1 month March 22, 2018

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “Unfortunately, I had the same negative experience with this cough/codeine combination as another reviewer. My doctor said it should help me sleep, and not keep me up coughing all night. ( I was recently diagnosed with Viral Bronchitis) This did just the opposite! I took this at 11:00 p.m. and then laid awake until 3:30a.m! I had to get up and take some Nyquil just to get a few hours sleep, before having to get up for the day. Thought this may be a fluke, so I tried the same thing the next evening....sure enough...I laid awake again into the wee hours! I'll stick to the Over the Counter, Mucinex DM.”

1 / 10
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Rose127 · Taken for less than 1 month August 19, 2015

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I would have gave this medicine a 10 if it wasn't for the dull headache (may not have been due to the drug I was battling a sinus infection anyway) after I took this medicine. Cough was gone within an hour. Make sure you drink a lot of water. Maybe that's why I got the headache too. Also, I noticed that I was very sensitive after taking this drug. I actually cried a little bit because of the sinus pressure. When usually I just suck it up with pain and never cry. Stopped wheezing. Make sure to take a warm shower too after taking this drug it will also help clear the mucus.”

7 / 10
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Jessie · Taken for less than 1 month December 31, 2019

“Got this to help sleep as have upper respiratory infection as have mucus stuck in chest. Started taking a 5 day dose of Z-pack and within hours my mucus was less congested! Was doing great throughout the day and took this medicine as prescribed by the doctor -supposed to help sleep and cough, well it made the cough worse and no sleep. Will not be taking every again.”

1 / 10
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whatzerface March 16, 2010

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “I had been coughing for several nights in a row, waking up about 3 times a night and, of course, having trouble going back to sleep because of the cough. I also had the nasal congestion game going on (i.e., sleep on your left side and the left side of your nose plugs up, roll over, and the right side plugs up). I hate that game. I had some Cheratussin AC from last year and I read the bottle. It hadn't expired yet, one month left. I took the higher recommended dose (it had two dosages on it, a low and a high). I went back to bed and slept the entire night through. This stuff worked great for me and I would recommend it. I did wake up with a little bit of a headache, but it wore off after coffee and 15 minutes.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous January 20, 2010

Cheratussin AC (codeine / guaifenesin): “This did little for my cough - still waking up in the middle of the night with coughing fits. Even when I take another dose at night, it doesn't help. In fact, I've now woken up every night while I've been taking this so will stop.”

2 / 10
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