The actavis cough syrup (promethazine-codeine) is a combination medication used to treat symptoms caused by the common cold, allergies, flu, or other breathing illnesses like bronchitis and sinusitis. Promethazine is an antihistamine that relieves itchy eyes/nose/throat, watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. Codeine is a powerful opioid cough suppressant (antitussive) that affects a certain part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough. Opioid cough suppressants are not recommended for children below 18 years. Children are at a higher risk of experiencing severe (even fatal) side effects, especially breathing problems. That is why it is advisable that you talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medication.
How to use actavis cough syrup
Before using promethazine-codeine, make sure to read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist. Always feel free to ask for clarifications on anything that you don’t understand from your doctor or pharmacist. The actavis cough syrup is taken by mouth with or without food, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed with a full glass of water or as instructed by your doctor.
Always follow the dose directions from your doctor as this will save your from conditions of overdose. In case of any worries with dosage, immediately call your doctor. In measuring the dose, use a special measuring device/spoon. Avoid using a household spoon as you may not get the correct dose. Never increase your dose without the concern of your doctor. Stay away from using it more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will double.
If you desire to stop using this medication, make sure to discuss about it with your doctor. If you make a sudden stop, you may experience withdrawal symptoms:
- Watering eyes,
- Runny nose,
- Sweating, or
- Muscle aches.
To help prevent withdrawal symptoms, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Though it helps many people, this drug has a risk for abuse and may sometimes cause addiction. This risk turns to be higher for those who have a substance use disorder (like the overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Always take this medication exactly as prescribed so as to lower the risk of addiction. This medication may not work as well after using it for an extended time and may require different dosing. Inform your doctor if it stops working for you.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Let them know whether or not you are allergic to any of its ingredients; or to opioid pain relievers; or if you have any other allergies.
Side effects of actavis cough syrup
Just like other medications, actavis cough syrup can lead to some side effects:
- Blurred vision,
- Upset stomach,
- Nausea, or
- Dry mouth may occur.
If any of the above mentioned effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor.