Novasus Side Effects
Generic Name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Novasus.
For the Consumer
Applies to chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone: oral capsule extended release, oral suspension extended release
Other dosage forms:
As well as its needed effects, chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur while taking chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone, check with your doctor immediately:Incidence not known:
- Decrease in frequency of urination
- decrease in urine volume
- difficult, painful, or troubled breathing
- difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
- irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
- pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- tightness in the chest
Minor Side Effects
Some chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Incidence not known:
- false or unusual sense of well-being
- fear or nervousness
- itching skin or rash
- unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone: oral capsule extended release, oral liquid, oral suspension extended release
Nervous system side effects have included sedation, drowsiness, mental clouding, lethargy, impairment of mental performance, anxiety, fear, dysphoria, euphoria, dizziness, psychic dependence, and mood changes.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have included rash and pruritus.[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, vomiting, and constipation.[Ref]
Genitourinary side effects have included ureteral spasm, spasm of versicle sphincters, and urinary retention.[Ref]
Respiratory side effects have included respiratory depression, dryness of the pharynx, and occasional tightness of the chest.[Ref]
The long-acting hydrocodone-containing cough product (marketed as Tussionex Pennkinetic Extended-Release Suspension) may produce dose-related respiratory depression by acting directly on brain stem respiratory centers. Its use of been associated with fatal respiratory depression.[Ref]
General side effects have included impairment of physical performance.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. HyTan (chlorpheniramine-hydrocodone)." Prasco Laboratories, Cincinnati, OH.
2. "Product Information. Tussionex PennKinetic (chlorpheniramine-hydrocodone)." Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ.
It is possible that some side effects of Novasus may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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