Terpin hydrate/codeine

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Know the basics

What is terpin hydrate/codeine used for?

Terpin hydrate/codeine is commonly used for cough. That is caused by respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis; acute and chronic lung; inflammation of tracheal spasms; hoarseness; patients with mild to moderate pain cough.

How should I take terpin hydrate/codeine?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take terpin hydrate/codeine by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule;
  • Read the label carefully before using terpin hydrate/codeine;
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand;
  • Note that drug causes drowsiness when you want to operate machinery and train.

How do I store terpin hydrate/codeine?

Terpin hydrate/codeine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store terpin hydrate/codeine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of terpin hydrate/codeine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush terpin hydrate/codeine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using terpin hydrate/codeine?

Before using terpin hydrate/codeine, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction: to terpin hydrate/codeine, excipients using for dosage form containing terpin hydrate/codeine. The information is detailed in the leaflet;
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals;
  • Pediatric;
  • Geriatric;
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with terpin hydrate/codeine.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking terpin hydrate/codeine. Terpin hydrate/codeine is pregnancy risk category D for terpin hydrate and C for codeine, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk;
  • B=No risk in some studies;
  • C=There may be some risk;
  • D=Positive evidence of risk;
  • X=Contraindicated;
  • N=Unknown.

Do not take this medication while pregnant as there is evidence that it can cause birth defects and other health risks to the fetus, mainly due to its high alcohol content.  Breastfeeding is not recommended for the same reason. 

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from terpin hydrate/codeine?

As taking others medicines, taking terpin hydrate/codeine can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of the side effects are headaches, dizziness, thirst and strange feeling, nausea, vomiting, constipation, urinary retention, urinary less, tachycardia, bradycardia, palpitations, weakness, orthostatic hypotension, etc.

Also, codeine used for long periods at a dose of 240-540 mg / day may cause addiction.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with terpin hydrate/codeine?

Terpin hydrate/codeine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, such as inhibitors of other central nervous system;  other derivatives of morphine,  antidepressants, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, cimetidine.

Does food or alcohol interact with terpin hydrate/codeine?

Terpin hydrate/codeine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Do not take this medication with alcohol as it may increase the side effects such as sedation and CNS depression. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with terpin hydrate/codeine?

Terpin hydrate/codeine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, such as:

  • A cough due to asthma;
  • Respiratory failure;
  • Children under 30 months of age;
  • Respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema;
  • Liver dysfunction, kidney.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using terpin hydrate/codeine.

What is the dose of terpin hydrate/codeine for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of terpin hydrate/codeine hydrochloride. Recommended doses in some cases are 1 tablet 2-3 times / day.

What is the dose of terpin hydrate/codeine for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of terpin hydrate/codeine hydrochloride.

  • This drug is not recommended for children under 12 years due to the alcohol content.

How is terpin hydrate/codeine available?

Terpin hydrate/codeine is available in the following dosage form and strength: 

Elixir, oral: terpin hydrate (1.83%) + codeine (0.23%)

Lozenges, oral: containing terpin hydrate (0.016 mg), eucalyptol (0.451 mg), guaiacol (0.016 mg), levomenthol (3.28 mg), and thymol (0.016 mg).

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency servicesor go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of terpin hydrate/codeine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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