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Hytussin Expectorant Side Effects

Generic Name: guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine

Note: This document contains side effect information about guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Hytussin Expectorant.

For the Consumer

Applies to guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine: oral elixir, oral liquid, oral solution, oral syrup, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, guaifenesin/hydrocodone/pseudoephedrine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking guaifenesin/hydrocodone/pseudoephedrine:

Incidence Not Known

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain
  • bloating
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • cold, clammy, pale skin
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • convulsions
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or troubled breathing
  • dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • slow heart rate
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Some side effects of guaifenesin/hydrocodone/pseudoephedrine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More Common

  • Diarrhea
  • drowsiness
  • feeling of warmth
  • headache
  • nausea
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • relaxed and calm
  • sleepiness
  • sudden sweating

Incidence Not Known

  • Trouble sleeping

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine: oral liquid, oral tablet

General

The most commonly reported adverse effects have included headache, dizziness, sedation, nausea, diarrhea, decreased blood pressure, and flushing.[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Dose-related respiratory depression including fatal respiratory depression

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Fast, slow heartbeat, hypertension, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, palpitation, shock-like state, syncope, arrhythmia

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Insomnia, mental clouding, anxiety, fear, dysphoria, drug dependence, mood changes, sleeplessness

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Sedation (somnolence), headache, dizziness, weakness, decreased mental alertness with impaired mental and/or physical abilities

Opioids:

Frequency not reported: Increased intracranial pressure

Pseudoephedrine:

Frequency not reported: Convulsions

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation

Hydrocodone:

Frequency not reported: Paralytic ileus

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Skin rash, pruritus, hot flush

References

1. "Product Information. Dynex HD (guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine)." Athlon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Birmingham, AL.

2. "Product Information. Hycofenix (guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine)." Mission Pharmacal Company, San Antonio, TX.

3. "Product Information. Entex HC (guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine)." Athlon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Birmingham, AL.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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