What is Carbatuss?
What is this medicine?
CARBETAPENTANE; GUAIFENESIN; PHENYLEPHRINE (kar bay ta PEN tane; gwye FEN e sin; fen il EF rin) is a combination of a cough suppressant, expectorant, and a decongestant. It is used to relieve cough and congestion from a cold, the flu, sinus congestion, and bronchitis. This medicine will not treat an infection.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
How to take Carbatuss
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. If you have a fever, skin rash, or persistent headache as well as a cough, see your doctor or health care professional.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
What if I miss a dose of Carbatuss?
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side Effects of Carbatuss
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-confusion, excitability, or nervousness
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-high or low blood pressure
-trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
-unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Interactions with Carbatuss
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
-ergot medications for headaches or some procedures
-MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
-stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-medicines for chest pain, heart disease, high blood pressure, or heart rhythm problems
-medicines that cause drowsiness
-other medicines for allergies or colds
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-difficulty passing urine
-heart or artery disease
-high blood pressure
-taking medicines called MAOIs like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
-an unusual or allergic reaction to carbetapentane, guaifenesin, phenylephrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Conditions Commonly Treated by Carbatuss
Prescription prices may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy and are subject to change. The pricing estimates given are based on the most recent information available and may change based on when you actually fill your prescription at the pharmacy. The day supply is based upon the average dispensing patterns or the specific drug and strength. The Program, as well as the prices and the list of covered drugs, can be modified at any time without notice.
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