Can I Take An Expectorant Containing Gualfenesin Syrup For A Couch And A Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablet For Post Nasal Drip?


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Best tactic is to ask a professional, such as a pharmacist or a telephone help line to medical support (NHS Direct). That is the only way to be sure.

I assume that's Gualfenesin syrup for a cough, not that your sofa is feeling a bit fluey today.

Gualfenesin syrup, active ingredients: Guaifenesin and Hydrocodone Oral Syrup. Guaifenesin is an expectorant, it loosens mucus and makes coughing less painful. Hydrocodone is a narcotic; a pain reliever and cough suppressent.

Guaifenesin syrup, contraindications: pregnancy, breastfeeding, kidney or liver disease, asthma, operating heavy machinery, driving, lung disease, bronchitis, smoker, recent head trauma, allergy, bowel movement problems.

Cetirizine hydrochloride, better known as Zyrtec: Contraindications much as for Guaifenesin syrup. Basically, an antihistamine; dries you up and reduces swelling. Causes drowsiness, too, like most antihistamines.

That's the danger, both Cetirizine hydrochloride and Hydrocodone could knock you out. If you don't realise that and take them both, you could become impossibly drowsy and not in charge of yourself, or possibly unconscious. Taking two different drowsiness-causing meds together is just a bad idea.

So I wouldn't take them together unless a doctor said it was okay and even then I'd plan to stay huddled in bed all day.

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