Chlorcyclizine / codeine Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to chlorcyclizine / codeine: oral liquid
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Get emergency medical help if a child taking this medicine has breathing problems, blue lips, or severe drowsiness, or if you cannot wake the child up from sleep.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe dizziness, restless feeling, or nervousness;
little or no urinating; or
severe stomach cramps or constipation.
Common side effects may include:
mild constipation; or
feeling restless or excited (especially in children).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to chlorcyclizine / codeine: oral liquid
The most common side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Respiratory depression
Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting, constipation[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Excitability
Frequency not reported: Drowsiness[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hypotension, dizziness[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Rashes, severe scarlatiniform eruptions, generalized dermatitis[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Urinary retention[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Blurred vision,
Frequency not reported: Worsening of closed-angle glaucoma (also called narrow-angle or angle-closure glaucoma)[Ref]
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Some side effects of chlorcyclizine / codeine may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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