Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex (Oral)

Overview

Containing two active ingredients, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is prescribed to patients who are suffering with the symptoms of a cold and/or allergies. Used as a cough suppressant, Hydrocodone is a narcotic antitussive. Unlike other cough remedies, Hydrocodone works by affecting the part of the brain which instigates the cough mechanism. By increasing the patient's threshold for coughing, they will cough less frequently and, therefore, their symptoms will be reduced.

Most effective for irritating and/or dry coughs, Hydrocodone is not usually prescribed if patients have a productive cough. In such cases, suppressing a productive cough can cause mucus to build up in the chest and may worsen or lengthen the patient's illness. When used to treat dry, nervous and/or irritating coughs, however, Hydrocodone can be extremely effective.

Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is a powerful antihistamine and can be used to relieve symptoms caused by allergies or rhinosinusitis.

As a H1 receptor antagonist, Chlorpheniramine Polistirex prevents histamine from being released when the patient comes into contact with an allergen. As a result, their allergic response is lessened or avoided altogether. Typical symptoms of an allergy, such as watery eyes, itching and a runny or stuffy nose, can, therefore, be relieved by taking Chlorpheniramine Polistirex.

When used as a combination medicine, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can effectively treat the symptoms of a cold or allergies. Although colds are caused by a virus, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can be used to relieve the patient's symptoms. Whilst a cold cannot be cured by using cough suppressants and antihistamines, the symptoms of the virus can be greatly reduced.

Conditions Treated

  • Coughs
  • Colds
  • Allergies

Type Of Medicine

  • Narcotic Antitussive
  • Antihistamine

Side Effects

When taking a prescription medicine, patients should be aware that side effects can occur. In many instances, these side effects are fairly mild and are not a cause for concern. Generally, side effects will be most common when patients first start taking the medicine but should diminish over time.

When patients first begin using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, for example, they may experience the following side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Rash on skin
  • Unusual or false sense of well-being
  • Itching skin
  • Nervousness or fear
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual dullness, weakness, tiredness, drowsiness or feeling of sluggishness

If the above side effects are fairly mild and are not troublesome, patients may not need to access medical assistance. However, if patients experience severe side effects, they should always seek medical help.

In addition to this, patients should obtain medical assistance if they experience the following side effects whilst taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex:

  • Decrease in frequency of urination
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Decrease in urine volume
  • Troubled, painful or difficult breathing
  • Fast, shallow, slow or irregular breathing
  • Difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
  • Blue or pale lips, skin or fingernails

If patients experience any other side effects when using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they are also advised to seek medical help.

Dosage

When patients are prescribed Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, their doctor will advise them how much to use and when to take the medicine. Patients should always follow their doctor's instructions when taking medication and should not attempt to alter or modify their dose without seeking further medical advice.

Available as extended release capsules or as an extended release solution, patients may be able to ask for Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex in a specific format, if they prefer. If the patient's symptoms make it difficult for them to swallow capsules, for example, they may be able to request that Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is prescribed as a solution instead.

Generally, adult patients and pediatric patients over the age of twelve are advised to take one extended release capsule every twelve hours. Each capsule should contain 10mg of Hydrocodone and 8mg of Chlorpheniramine Polistirex. More than two capsules should not be taken in a twenty-four hour period.

If patients are prescribed Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex in extended release solution form, they are usually advised to take 5 milliliters every twelve hours and should not take more than 10 milliliters in a twenty-four hour period.

If children between the ages of six and eleven years are prescribed Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they will usually be advised to take one capsule every twelve hours, with a maximum of two capsules taken in a twenty-four hour period. However, patients of this age are usually prescribed half-strength capsules which contain 5mg of Hydrocodone and 4mg of Chlorpheniramine Polistirex.

Alternatively, if these patients are prescribed Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex as an extended release solution, they are usually instructed to take 2.5 milliliters every twelve hours and no more than 10 milliliters in a twenty-four hour period.

If patients are prescribed Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex as a solution, a medicine spoon, oral syringe or measuring cup should be used to measure the appropriate dose. Household spoons are unlikely to provide an accurate dose and should not be used to measure medication.

If patients are prescribed Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex in capsule form, patients should swallow the capsule whole and should not attempt to open it, chew it or crush it.

Patients should not mix Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex with liquids or other medications.

When patients are taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, it is vital that they follow their doctor's instructions. Taking too much Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can cause the patient to overdose or become dependent on the medication. Similarly, patients should not use this medication for longer than they have been instructed to.

If patients forget to take a dose of Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they should take it as soon as they remember to. However, if their next dose of medicine is almost due, patients should skip the missed dose completely and keep taking their medication as normal. Patients should not attempt to take a double dose of Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, even if a previous dose has been missed.

If patients are unsure how to take their medicine or when to take Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they should obtain advice from their physician or pharmacist.

Potential Drug Interactions

If certain drugs are taken together, they can cause potentially harmful interactions to occur. Due to this, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex may not be prescribed if the patient is taking certain other medicines. For example, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is not prescribed in conjunction with the following medications:

  • Safinamide
  • Naltrexone

Similarly, taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex alongside the following medicines is not usually recommended:

  • Acetophenazine
  • Chloral Hydrate
  • Alfentanil
  • Ceritinib
  • Almotriptan
  • Cariprazine
  • Alprazolam
  • Carisoprodol
  • Amitriptyline
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Amobarbital
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Amoxapine
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Anileridine
  • Carbamazepine
  • Aprepitant
  • Codeine
  • Aripiprazole
  • Clarithromycin
  • Asenapine
  • Conivaptan
  • Atazanavir
  • Dasabuvir
  • Baclofen
  • Dantrolene
  • Boceprevir
  • Dexmedetomidine
  • Bosentan
  • Desvenlafaxine
  • Bromazepam
  • Dezocine
  • Bromopride
  • Dihydrocodeine
  • Brotizolam
  • Difenoxin
  • Buprenorphine
  • Bupropion
  • Dichloralphenazone
  • Buspirone
  • Diazepam
  • Butabarbital
  • Diacetylmorphine
  • Butalbital
  • Dolasetron
  • Butorphanol
  • Dixyrazine
  • Chlorzoxazone
  • Estazolam
  • Clobazam
  • Erythromycin
  • Clonazepam
  • Enflurane
  • Clorazepate
  • Efavirenz
  • Clozapine
  • Fluphenazine
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Flurazepam
  • Diltiazem
  • Fosaprepitant
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Diphenoxylate
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Donepezil
  • Fluspirilene
  • Doxylamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Dronedarone
  • Fluconazole
  • Droperidol
  • Granisetron
  • Furazolidone
  • Haloperidol
  • Eszopiclone
  • Halazepam
  • Ethchlorvynol
  • Halothane
  • Ethopropazine
  • Hexobarbital
  • Ethylmorphine
  • Linezolid
  • Flibanserin
  • Ketoconazole
  • Fluoxetine
  • Ketazolam
  • Fospropofol
  • Ketamine
  • Hydromorphone
  • Lorazepam
  • Levomilnacipran
  • Ketobemidone
  • Hydroxytryptophan
  • Lopinavir
  • Itraconazole
  • Hydroxyzine
  • Levorphanol
  • Idelalisib
  • Mephobarbital
  • Iloperidone
  • Meprobamate
  • Imatinib
  • Triflupromazine
  • Mephenesin
  • Trimeprazine
  • Indinavir
  • Meperidine
  • Iproniazid
  • Trazodone
  • Melperone
  • Tramadol
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Tiotropium
  • Medazepam
  • Isoflurane
  • Topiramate
  • Olanzapine
  • Triazolam
  • Lorcaserin
  • Tranylcypromine
  • Ombitasvir
  • Lormetazepam
  • Trifluoperazine
  • Nitrazepam
  • Loxapine
  • Trifluperidol
  • Nicomorphine
  • Lurasidone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Tolonium Chloride
  • Meclizine
  • Oxazepam
  • Meptazinol
  • Orphenadrine
  • Mesoridazine
  • Opium Alkaloids
  • Metaxalone
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Opium
  • Methdilazine
  • Paliperidone
  • Methocarbamol
  • Palonosetron
  • Methohexital
  • Pentobarbital
  • Methotrimeprazine
  • Paritaprevir
  • Methylene Blue
  • Paregoric
  • Metopimazine
  • Papaveretum
  • Midazolam
  • Phenelzine
  • Mirtazapine
  • Perphenazine
  • Moclobemide
  • Periciazine
  • Modafinil
  • Perazine
  • Molindone
  • Perampanel
  • Moricizine
  • Pentazocine
  • Morphine
  • Ritonavir
  • Morphine Sulfate Liposome
  • Rifampin
  • Nalbuphine
  • Risperidone
  • Nefazodone
  • Remifentanil
  • Nelfinavir
  • Rasagiline
  • Phenobarbital
  • Ramelteon
  • Phenytoin
  • Remoxipride
  • Pimavanserin
  • Thiopental
  • Pimozide
  • Thiethylperazine
  • Pipotiazine
  • Temazepam
  • Piritramide
  • Telithromycin
  • Posaconazole
  • Tapentadol
  • Prazepam
  • Telaprevir
  • Primidone
  • Suvorexant
  • Procarbazine
  • Sulpiride
  • Prochlorperazine
  • Sufentanil
  • Promazine
  • Tizanidine
  • Promethazine
  • Tilidine
  • Propiomazine
  • Thiothixene
  • Propofol
  • Thioridazine
  • Quazepam
  • Thiopropazate
  • Zaleplon
  • Thioproperazine
  • Voriconazole
  • Quetiapine
  • Verapamil
  • Saquinavir
  • Vilazodone
  • Secobarbital
  • Vortioxetine
  • Sertindole
  • Ziprasidone
  • Sodium Oxybate
  • Zolpidem
  • Selegiline
  • Zopiclone
  • St John's Wort
  • Zotepine

Although using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex alongside the above medications is not usually recommended, doctors may deem it appropriate in some cases. If so, the patient's dose may be altered to prevent a potential interaction occurring.

In addition to this, patients may experience increased side effects if they take Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex in conjunction with the following medicine:

  • Escitalopram

As well as interacting with other prescribed medications, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can interact with over-the-counter medicines, supplements, vitamins, foods, drinks and other substances. Due to this, patients should inform their physician if they are taking any other medicines, supplements or vitamins and should avoid the following substances when taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex:

  • Grapefruit, grapefruit juice and any other grapefruit derivatives
  • Ethanol

In addition to this, patients should obtain medical advice before taking any new over-the-counter medicines, supplements or vitamins once they have started using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex. This includes any other cough, cold, flu or allergy medication that they may consider taking. Normally, these medicines shouldn't be used in conjunction with Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex so it's vital that patients obtain medical advice before using any other medicines.

Warnings

If patients have any other existing medical problems, it may affect the suitability of Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex as a treatment. Due to this, patients should discuss their medical history with their doctor before this medication is prescribed. The following conditions are particularly relevant if treatment with Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is being considered:

  • Kidney disease
  • Constipation
  • Problem passing urine
  • Blockage in bowel
  • Breathing or lung problems and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • com/health/coma/">Glaucoma
  • Head injury
  • Underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Asthma
  • Adrenal gland problem (e.g. Addison disease)

Although Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex may be given to children over the age of six years, it should only be prescribed with caution. Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex should not be prescribed to children under the age of six years. When used in young children, Hydrocodone has been shown to cause serious breathing problems and may result in death. Due to this, parents and guardians should be made aware of the risks before Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is prescribed to a pediatric patient.

When prescribing Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex to geriatric patients, their existing medical condition should be taken into account. Geriatric patients are more likely to have age-related kidney, heart or liver conditions and this can affect how the body processes medicines.

When patients are using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they should not use more than their doctor has instructed, even if their symptoms persist. Using too much Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can be habit-forming.

Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can cause patients to experience constipation. When using this medicine, patients should drink adequate fluids and consume an appropriate amount of fiber. In some cases, physicians may prescribe laxatives when patients are given Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex.

When taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, patients may experience dizziness or drowsiness and they may feel less alert than usual. Due to this, patients should not operate machinery, drive or carry out other tasks which require their full attention whilst using this medicine.

Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex adds to the effects of other central nervous system depressants and should not usually be taken at the same time as the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Other allergy medication
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Barbiturates
  • Sedatives
  • Tranquilizers
  • Seizure medications
  • Sleeping medicines
  • Pain medications
  • Narcotics
  • Anesthetics (including dental anesthetics)

Patients should inform any healthcare practitioner that they come into contact with that they are taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex. If patients are due to undergo dental work, for example, they must inform their dentist that they are using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex prior to their appointment.

If too much Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is taken, an overdose may occur. This is a life-threatening situation and should be treated as a medical emergency. The symptoms of an overdose may include:

  • Slow, shallow, fast or irregular breathing
  • Blue or pale fingernails, skin or lips
  • Confusion
  • Extreme drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Clammy and cold skin
  • Lightheadedness and/or fainting
  • Troubled or difficult breathing

If patients believe that they have taken too much Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they should seek immediate medical help and not wait for symptoms of an overdose to occur.

Before patients begin taking Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they should inform their doctor if they have any existing allergies. This includes allergies to medicines, animals, foods, dyes, preservatives and other substances. If patients experience an allergic reaction when using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, they will need urgent medical treatment. The symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Itching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Rash on the skin
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the face, hands, lips, tongue, throat and/or mouth

As an allergic reaction can be life-threatening, patients should obtain immediate medical assistance if they experience these symptoms.

Storage

As patients are normally instructed to take Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex every twelve hours, they will need to keep their medicine at home. When keeping medication at home, however, it's vital that patients use a safe place to store it. Children and/or pets should not be able to access Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex or any other type of medicine.

When storing Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, patients should follow the medication guide supplied with the medicine or the instructions on the packaging. In general, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can be kept at room temperature but should be kept away from heat, direct light and moisture. Due to this, medication should not normally be kept in a kitchen or bathroom environment.

If patients are taking extended release capsules, they should only remove a capsule from the packaging when they are ready to take it. Removing capsules earlier could result in them disintegrating.

If patients are advised to stop using Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex or if the medicine reaches its use-by date, patients will need to dispose of it. However, it is not safe to dispose of medicine with normal household waste. Instead, patients should contact their physician's office or pharmacist so that they can make use of a designated medicine disposal service.

Summary

If patients are experiencing symptoms caused by an allergy or a cold, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can be used to minimize their discomfort. Whilst this medicine won't cure a cold, it can reduce the patient's symptoms until the virus has passed. Similarly, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex won't cure an existing allergy but it will prevent the body from releasing histamines in response to the allergen. As a result, the patient's symptoms should be reduced.

Although Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is an effective medication for the treatment of cold and allergy symptoms, it should not be used too often and is not suitable for treating children under the age of six years. As excessive amounts of Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex can suppress breathing, it should only be used in accordance with medical advice.

Providing Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex is administered appropriately, it can provide effective short-term relief from the symptoms of coughs, colds and allergies, including watery eyes, sneezing, itching, excessive coughing and a stuffy or runny nose.