Brand Name Choledyl Expectorant Elixir Common Name oxtriphylline - guaifenesin
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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This medication contains two ingredients that work in different ways. Oxtriphylline belongs to the class of medications called bronchodilators. It relaxes muscles in the airways, which opens them so that air may move more easily in and out of the lungs. It may also increase the strength of the muscles used for breathing. Guaifenesin belongs to the class of medications called expectorants. It helps to loosen mucus, making it easier to cough up. This medication is used for the symptomatic treatment of asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis when loosening of mucus is required.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
How should I use this medication?
The usual dose for those over 14 years of age is 10 mL 4 times daily. For those aged 10 to 14 years, the usual dose is 5 mL 4 times daily.
Use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each 5 mL of red, cherry-flavoured liquid contains oxtriphylline 100 mg and guaifenesin 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, anethole, citric acid, FD&C Red No. 2, FD&C Yellow No. 6, flavouring agents, glycerin, sodium citrate, sodium cyclamate, and sugar. Alcohol: 20%. Sodium: <1 mmol (10.4 mg)/5 mL. Gluten, lactose, paraben, sulfite, and tartrazine-free.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to oxtriphylline, other xanthines (e.g., theophylline, caffeine), guaifenesin, or any ingredients of the medication
- have an active stomach ulcer
- have coronary artery disease, when stimulation of the heart might prove harmful
- have seizure disorders such as epilepsy (unless appropriate medications are taken)
What side effects are possible with this medication?
- fast heartbeat
- increased urination
- trouble sleeping
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- heartburn or vomiting
Symptoms of overdose
- abdominal pain (continuing or severe)
- confusion or change in behaviour
- convulsions (seizures)
- dark or bloody vomit
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- fast or irregular heartbeat (continuing)
- nervousness or restlessness (continuing)
- trembling (continuing)
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take this medication.
Blood concentrations: There is a large variation in blood concentrations achieved with different people who take the same dose of oxtriphylline. For some, this may lead to serious side effects. To make sure you are on the right dose of medication, your doctor may recommend that you have blood tests to measure the levels of the medication in your body.
Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 10 years of age. The risk of overdose is higher in children, so parents should follow their doctor's instructions carefully when giving the medication, and tell their doctor about all medications their child is taking.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between this medication and any of the following:
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
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