Codeine / Pseudoephedrine Dosage
Applies to the following strengths: 20 mg-60 mg/5 mL; 10 mg-30 mg/5 mL; 20 mg-60 mg; 8 mg-30 mg/5 mL
Usual Adult Dose for:
Additional dosage information:
Usual Adult Dose for Cough and Nasal Congestion
Usual dose: 10 mL orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed
Maximum dose: Codeine 64 mg/pseudoephedrine 240 mg (40 mL) per 24 hours
- Each 5 mL contains codeine 8 mg/pseudoephedrine 30 mg.
- Oral liquid should be measured with an accurate milliliter measuring device.
Uses: Temporary relief of coughs due to the common cold, allergic rhinitis or other upper respiratory allergies; reduces swelling of nasal passages to relieve nasal congestion.
Renal Dose Adjustments
Dose adjustments not recommended
Liver Dose Adjustments
Dose adjustments not recommended
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The US FDA recommends against use of codeine-containing cough and cold medications in patients less than 18 years because it has been determined that the risks outweigh benefits.
Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.
US Controlled Substance: Schedule V
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- Take orally with or without food
- Oral measuring devices should be provided to ensure accuracy in dosing; a household teaspoon should not be considered an accurate measuring device
- Protect from moisture and light
- Patients who are ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine due to a CYP450 2D6 polymorphism, will convert codeine more rapidly and completely to morphine resulting in unexpectedly high morphine levels, which may be life-threatening.
- Codeine use is contraindicated in the postoperative period in children who have undergone tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.
- Cardiovascular: Monitor for signs of hypotension, especially in those whose blood pressure is compromised
- Respiratory: Monitor for respiratory depression
- Gastrointestinal: Monitor for constipation and decreased bowel motility in post-operative patients.
- Patients should be monitored for the development of addiction, abuse, or misuse.
- Patients should understand that codeine use can result in addiction, abuse, and misuse; recommended doses should not be exceeded.
- Patients should understand that this product is for temporary relief of cough; if cough persists for longer than 1 week, recurs, or is accompanied by fever, rash, or persistent headache, a health care professional should be consulted.
- Patients should understand risks of life-threatening respiratory depression and when this risk is greatest; patients should be aware that a genetic mutation may result in greater codeine toxicity in some patients; breastfed infants of women who have this genetic mutation are also at risk.
- Women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant should speak to their healthcare provider before using this product.
- This drug may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or impair thinking or motor skills; patients should avoid driving or operating machinery until adverse effects are determined.
- Concomitant use of alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness; patients should avoid alcohol and consult with their healthcare provider regarding concomitant use of other CNS depressants.
- Pseudoephedrine may cause sleeplessness, especially if it is taken up to several hours before going to bed.
- Patients should be instructed to read the US FDA-approved Medication Guide each time this drug is dispensed; they should understand the safe use, serious risks, and proper storage and disposal of this drug.
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