What is chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone?
Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Hydrocodone is a narcotic cough suppressant.
The combination of chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone is used to treat runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and cough caused by the common cold or flu.
Chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone?
Do not take this medication more often than prescribed. An overdose of chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone can cause life-threatening side effects.
To be sure you get the correct dose, measure this medicine carefully with a marked measuring spoon or syringe, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Before you take chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, tell your doctor if you have asthma or another breathing disorder, a history of head injury or brain tumor, stomach or intestinal problems, liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, urination problems or an enlarged prostate, Addison's disease, or underactive thyroid.
Chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Avoid drinking alcohol while using chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness.
Hydrocodone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. This medication should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to chlorpheniramine or hydrocodone.
Before taking chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
asthma or other breathing disorder;
a history of head injury or brain tumor;
stomach or intestinal problems;
liver or kidney disease;
urination problems or an enlarged prostate;
Addison's disease; or
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.
FDA pregnancy category C. Chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
Do not give chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone to a child younger than 6 years old.