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Chlorpheniramine / Hydrocodone / Pseudoephedrine Dosage

Medically reviewed on January 22, 2018.

Applies to the following strengths: 2 mg-2.5 mg-30 mg/5 mL; 2 mg-3 mg-15 mg/5 mL; 2 mg-2.5 mg-15 mg/5 mL; 4 mg-5 mg-60 mg/5 mL; 2 mg-5 mg-30 mg/5 mL; 4 mg-5 mg-40 mg/5 mL; 4 mg-5 mg-30 mg/5 mL; 2 mg-5 mg-30 mg; 2.5 mg-1.67 mg-20 mg/5 mL; 2.5 mg-1.67 mg-17.5 mg/5 mL; 4 mg-5 mg-60 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Cough and Nasal Congestion

Chlorpheniramine/hydrocodone/pseudoephedrine 4 mg-5 mg-60 mg/5 mL oral liquid:
5 mL orally every 4 to 6 hours
Maximum dose: Not to exceed 4 doses per day

Comments:
-Measure dose with accurate measuring device.

Use: Symptomatic relief of cough and nasal congestion associated with the common cold and symptomatic relief of nasal congestion associated with upper respiratory allergies.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Severe renal impairment: Use with caution

Liver Dose Adjustments

Severe hepatic impairment: Use with caution

Dose Adjustments

Elderly: Use with caution

Precautions

US BOXED WARNING: ADDICTION, ABUSE, AND MISUSE; LIFE-THREATENING RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION; ACCIDENTAL INGESTION; MEDICATION ERRORS; CYTOCHROME CYP450 (CYP450) 3A4 INTERACTION; RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH BENZODIAZEPINES OR OTHER CNS DEPRESSANTS; INTERACTION WITH ALCOHOL; NEONATAL OPIOID WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME:
-Use of this product may lead to opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to overdose and death.
-Reserve use of this drug for adults for whom cough suppression benefits outweigh risks, and who have had adequate assessment of the cough etiology.
-Assess each patients risks prior to prescribing; prescribe for the shortest duration consistent with individual treatment goals, and monitor all patients regularly for development of addiction or abuse; refill only after evaluating the need for continued treatment.
-Serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression may occur with use.
-Monitor for respiratory depression, especially at the beginning of therapy or in high risk patients.
-Accidental ingestion of even one dose of this drug, especially by children, can cause a fatal overdose of hydrocodone.
-Ensure accuracy when prescribing, dispensing, and administering this drug.
-Dosing errors can cause accidental overdose and death.
-Always use an accurate milliliter measuring device when measuring and administering liquid medications.
-Concomitant use with all CYP450 3A4 inhibitors may increase plasma hydrocortisone concentrations, potentially increasing or prolonging adverse drug effects, and may potentially lead to fatal respiratory depression.
-Discontinuing a concomitant CYP450 3A4 inducer may cause increased plasma hydrocodone concentration.
-Avoid use in patients taking CYP450 3A4 inhibitors or inducers.
-Concomitant use of opioids with benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants, including alcohol, may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Avoid use of opioid cough medications in patients taking benzodiazepines, other CNS depressants, or alcohol.
-Instruct patients not to consume alcohol or use prescription or non-prescription products containing alcohol while on this medication.
-Co-ingestion with alcohol may cause increased plasma levels and a potentially fatal overdose of hydrocodone.
-Use is not recommended in pregnant women.
-Prolonged use during pregnancy may cause neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which can be life-threatening if not recognized and treated, and requires management according to neonatology expert protocols.
-If used for a prolonged period during pregnancy, advise the patient of the neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome risk and ensure appropriate treatment will be available.

Safety and efficacy of the immediate-release oral solution have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

US Controlled Substance: Schedule II

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Measure oral solution with an accurate measuring device; a household teaspoon is not an accurate measuring device

Storage: Protect from light

General:
-This product is not indicated in children as safety and effectiveness has not been demonstrated; leading pediatric and pulmonary health organizations recommend against symptomatic treatment of cough in pediatric patients due to lack of efficacy studies and the possibility of significant morbidity and mortality.

Monitoring:
-Monitor for the development of addiction, abuse, or misuse

Patient advice:
-Advise patients to always use an accurate milliliter measuring device when measuring and giving liquid medications.
-Inform patients that a household teaspoon is not an accurate measuring device and could lead to overdosage and serious adverse effects.
-If a measuring device is not provided, a pharmacist can provide an appropriate measuring device and instructions for measuring the correct dose.
-Advise patients to store this drug safely out of the sight and reach of children; accidental use by a child is a medical emergency and can result in death.
-Patients should understand the risks of life-threatening respiratory depression, and should be informed as to when this risk is greatest.
-Patients should discuss concomitant medication use with their healthcare provider to prevent significant drug interactions.
-Women of child bearing potential should understand that prolonged opioid use during pregnancy can result in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and that prompt recognition and treatment will be necessary; breastfeeding women should speak to their health care provider prior to using this drug.
-Patients should not consume alcoholic beverages or take this drug with benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants; patients should avoid driving or operating machinery while taking this drug.
-Patients should be instructed in proper disposal.

Further information

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