Treats cough and runny nose caused by flu, allergies, or the common cold. This medicine is a combination that contains a narcotic cough suppressant.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
BroveX CB, BroveX CBX, Codar AR, Cotab A, Cotab AX, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Pennkinetic, Poly-Tussin, Pro-Clear AC, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to any cold or cough medicine, codeine, hydrocodone, chlorpheniramine, or any narcotic pain medicine such as Darvocet®, Percocet®, Demerol®, or Roxicodone®. This medicine should not be used in children under 6 years of age.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Shake the oral liquid well just before each use.
- Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.Do not dilute or mix the liquid with other fluids or medicine.
- Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid constipation.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using aspirin or an MAO Inhibitor (such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine, Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®).
- Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have Addison's disease, asthma or other breathing problems, gallbladder disease, glaucoma, kidney disease, liver disease, enlarged prostate or problems with urination, stomach or intestinal problems, thyroid disorder, or if you will be having any surgery. Tell your doctor if you have a history of stroke, seizures, head injury, mental illness, alcohol abuse, or drug abuse.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.Symptoms of an overdose include: extreme dizziness or weakness, shortness of breath, slow heartbeat, seizures, and cold, clammy skin.
- Do not give this medicine to your child unless your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medicine for a few days. Call your doctor if you also have a high fever or sore throat.
- This medicine may cause constipation. This is more common if you use it for a long time. Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
- When a mother is breastfeeding and takes codeine, there is a very small chance that this medicine could cause serious side effects in the baby. This is because codeine works differently in a few women, so their breastmilk contains too much medicine. If you take codeine, be alert for these signs of overdose in your nursing baby: sleeping more than usual, trouble breastfeeding, trouble breathing, or being limp and weak. Call the baby's doctor right away if you think there is a problem. If you cannot talk to the doctor, take the baby to the emergency room or call 911.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash.
- Chest tightness, shortness of breath or shallow breathing, cold sweat, or bluish-colored skin.
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Severe confusion, weakness, or drowsiness.
- Unusually slow heartbeat.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurred vision.
- Feelings of extreme happiness or sadness.
- Mild skin rash or itching.
- Muscle weakness.
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation, or dry mouth.