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Guaifenesin / hydromorphone and Alcohol/Food Interactions

There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with guaifenesin / hydromorphone:


HYDROmorphone food

Major Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

GENERALLY AVOID: Alcohol may potentiate the central nervous system (CNS) depressant effects of opioid analgesics including hydromorphone. Concomitant use may result in additive CNS depression and impairment of judgment, thinking, and psychomotor skills. In more severe cases, hypotension, respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, or even death may occur.

GENERALLY AVOID: Consumption of alcohol while taking sustained-release formulations of hydromorphone may cause rapid release of the drug, resulting in high systemic levels of hydromorphone that may be potentially lethal even in opioid-tolerant patients. Alcohol appears to disrupt the extended release mechanism, causing 'dose-dumping' into the bloodstream. In 48 healthy volunteers, coadministration of a 12 mg dose of sustained-release hydromorphone with 240 mL of 40% (80 proof) alcohol resulted in a mean peak hydromorphone concentration (Cmax) approximately six times greater than when taken with water. One subject had a 16-fold increase in hydromorphone Cmax with 40% alcohol compared to water. In some subjects, coadministration with 8 ounces of 4% alcohol (equivalent to 2/3 of a typical serving of beer) resulted in almost twice the hydromorphone Cmax than when coadministered with water. The effect of alcohol was more pronounced in a fasted state.

MANAGEMENT: Patients taking sustained-release formulations of hydromorphone should not consume alcohol or use medications that contain alcohol on days of hydromorphone dosing. In general, potent narcotics such as hydromorphone should not be combined with alcohol.


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Guaifenesin / hydromorphone drug interactions

There are 398 drug interactions with guaifenesin / hydromorphone

Guaifenesin / hydromorphone disease interactions

There are 17 disease interactions with guaifenesin / hydromorphone which include:

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

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