Altarussin CF

Name: Altarussin CF

What is the most important information I should know about Altarussin CF (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine)?

Do not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.

How should I take Altarussin CF (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Cough and cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication.

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken this medicine within the past few days.

Do not take for longer than 7 days in a row. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache or skin rash.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow liquid medicine to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medicine is taken when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What should I avoid while taking Altarussin CF (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine)?

This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of this medicine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, cough, or allergy medicine. Dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug. Check the label to see if a medicine contains a decongestant, expectorant, or cough suppressant.

Altarussin CF (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fast or uneven heart rate;

  • severe dizziness or anxiety, feeling like you might pass out;

  • severe headache;

  • mood changes;

  • fever; or

  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, chest pain, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Common side effects may include:

  • diarrhea;

  • dizziness, drowsiness;

  • sleep problems (insomnia); or

  • feeling nervous, restless, or irritable.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine: oral capsule, oral liquid, oral suspension, oral suspension extended release, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Rash[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Nervousness, dizziness, insomnia, headache[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Fever[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Cough, nasal congestion[Ref]

Some side effects of Altarussin CF may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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