Common side effects of Guaifenesin

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Guaifenesin combination drug is used in relieving coughs that can be caused by a common cold, bronchitis, or any other breathing illness. The generic name for this medication is Dextromethorphan-Guaifenesin, and both these products work in their own unique way.
If you are using this medication for self-treatment, then it is important that you read the instructions present on the package before you use this product and make sure that it is right for you.

Cold and cough products are not safe or effective for children who are younger than age six years of age. Therefore, avoid using this product in treating symptoms of cold in children unless told by your doctor to do so. Some products are not recommended for using in children below the age of twelve so before you use medicines in treating common cold in kids, make sure that you ask your doctor about the details and safety of this product.


How It Works

Guaifenesin belongs to a group of drugs known as expectorants. Guaifenesin helps in loosening and thinning the mucus present in the airways, and clears congestion so that your breathing can get back to normal.

Dextromethorphan, on the other hand, belongs to a group of drugs known as cough suppressants and these drugs act on a specific part of the brain and help in reducing the urge to cough.

However, you must remember that these products do not help in curing or shortening the length of the common cold and may cause some serious side effects. To decrease these side effects, it is important that you follow all the dosage instructions carefully.

Do not use this product to make your child fall asleep and also avoid giving other cold and cough medications that may have the same ingredients as Guaifenesin.


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