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Poly-Tussin Side Effects

Generic name: chlorcyclizine / codeine

Note: This document contains side effect information about chlorcyclizine / codeine. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Poly-Tussin.

Applies to chlorcyclizine/codeine: oral liquid.


Do not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Codeine can slow or stop your breathing. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Codeine may also be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH.

Medicines that contain codeine should not be given to a child just after surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids. 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.

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:

Common side effects may include:

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

Nervous system

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]

More about Poly-Tussin (chlorcyclizine / codeine)


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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.