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Maxifed-G CD

Generic name: codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine [ KOE-deen, gwye-FEN-e-sin, and-soo-doe-e-FED-rin ] 

Brand names: Tusnel C, Virtussin DAC, Ambifed CD, Biotussin DAC, Cheratussin DAC
Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

What is Maxifed G CD?

Codeine is a narcotic cough suppressant. It interferes with the brain signals that cause the cough reflex.Guaifenesin acts as an expectorant. Guaifenesin helps to loosen up congestion in the chest and throat making it easier for you to cough.The decongestant pseudoephedrine shrinks the blood vessels of the nasal passages. Nasal congestion can be caused by dilated blood vessel.Maxifed-G is a combination medication used to treat allergies, colds, flu, and stuffy nose.Maxifed-G will not treat coughs caused by smoking or asthma.This medication guide does not list all possible uses for Maxifed-G.

Side effects of Maxifed-G CD.

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, throat, or tongue.

Codeine, like other narcotics, can cause breathing problems. If breathing becomes weak, death may result.If you have blue lips or slow breathing, with long pauses in between, someone caring for you needs to seek immediate medical attention.

If you experience:

  •  loud breathing, sighing and shallow breathing
  •  extreme drowsiness and hallucinations
  • rapid, slow or uneven heartbeat;
  • a seizure;
  • Nervousness, tremors or
  • Little or no urination.

The risk of serious side effects is higher in older adults, overweight people, and those who have been malnourished or are debilitated.

Maxifed-G may cause the following side effects:

  • dizziness, drowsiness, weakness;
  • headache;
  • nausea, constipation;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • Feeling nervous, anxious or restless

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

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Codeine may cause breathing problems and can become habit-forming. Misuse of Maxifed-G can lead to addiction, overdose, or death, particularly in children and other people who use the medicine without prescription.

The use of this medicine is prohibited for anyone under the age of 18.

This medicine can cause withdrawal symptoms that are life-threatening to the baby if taken during pregnancy.

If you combine this medication with alcohol or other drugs that make you drowsy or slow down your breathing, it can have fatal side effects.

Before you take this Drug.

This medicine should not be used if you have an allergy to codeine, pseudoephedrine, or guaifenesin.If you've taken an MAO-inhibitor in the last 14 days, do not take this medication. It is possible that a dangerous drug interaction will occur. MAO inhibitors are isocarboxazid (linezolid), phenelzine (phenelzine injection), rasagiline (selegiline), tranylcypromine and other drugs.Some people have a rapid breakdown of codeine in their liver, resulting in higher levels than normal in the blood. This can lead to dangerously slow breathing, and even death in children.This medicine should not be given to anyone under the age of 18.Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure that this medicine will be safe for you:

  •  COPD or other breathing disorders, such as asthma
  •  a mucus-filled cough;
  • High blood pressure, heart disease
  •  A stroke or blood vessel disorder
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  •  glaucoma;
  •  Liver or kidney disease
  •  A head injury, brain tumour, or seizure.
  •  diabetes;
  • Addison's Disease (a disorder of the adrenal glands)
  •  A thyroid disorder
  • Urination and prostate problems.

Your baby may become dependent on codeine if you take it while pregnant. The baby can suffer life-threatening withdrawal syndrome after birth. Babies who are born dependent on habit forming medicines may require medical treatment for several months. Inform your doctor if pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Do not breastfeed. Codeine can be passed into breast milk, causing drowsiness or breathing problems in nursing babies.

How to take a Maxifed-G CD?

Please read all instructions on the prescription label. Codeine can cause breathing problems. Maxifed-G should never be used in higher doses or for longer periods than prescribed. Cold or cough medicine is typically taken for only a few days until symptoms disappear.

Even at low doses, codeine can become habit forming. Maxifed-G should never be shared with anyone, especially if they have a history of addiction or drug abuse. MISTAKEN USE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE COULD CAUSE ADDICTION OR DEATH. This is especially true for children or others who use the medication without a prescription. It is illegal to sell or give away codeine.Use the provided dosing syringe or a dose-measuring cup or spoon to measure liquid medicines. Ask your pharmacist if you don't have a device for measuring doses.

While taking this medication, drink extra fluids in order to loosen congestion and lubricate the throat.Take this drug maximum 7 times a week. If your symptoms don't improve after seven days, or you experience a fever and headache with skin rash or a rash on your body, call your doctor.

Tell your doctor or surgeon if you've taken cough medicine or cold medication in the last few days.

Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.Track your medication. Codeine is an addictive drug. You should be alert if someone is misusing your medicine or using it without a prescription.Detailed Maxifed-G CD dosage information

What happens if I miss the dose?

You may not have a regular dosing regimen because this medication is only taken as needed. Take the missed dose immediately if you take the medication regularly. If your next scheduled dosage is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take more medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. Codeine overdoses can be deadly, especially for children or others who use the drug without prescription. Overdose symptoms include slow breathing, drowsiness and confusion. Hallucinations may also occur.

What should be avoided?

Maxifed-G may affect your ability to think or react. Do not drive or operate machinery until you have determined how the medicine will affect your body. Dizziness and severe drowsiness may cause accidents or falls.Avoid drinking alcohol when you are taking codeine-containing medicines. You could die or suffer dangerous side effects.

Before using any other cold or allergy medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Decongestants and cough suppressants are often found in combination medicines. You can get too much medication by taking certain products together.

Interaction with other drugs.

Before using this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you also use any other medications, such as prescription or over-the counter medicines, vitamins and herbal products. When used together, some medicines can have unwanted or harmful effects. Maxifed-G combined with drugs that slow breathing or make you sleepy can have dangerous side effects, or even cause death. Ask your doctor about taking sleeping pills, narcotics, prescription cough medicines, muscle relaxers, anxiety, depression or seizure medications, as well as narcotic pain relievers.