About Tussionex

Updated April 17, 2017

Tussionex is a prescription drug that relieves symptoms like coughing, itching and sneezing associated with allergies or colds. Children older than 6 and adults must take the medication very sparingly.


Tussionex has an antihistamine called chlorpheniramine that relieves symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes, and a mild narcotic called hydrocodone that suppresses coughing.


The maximum dose for an adult is 2 tsp in 24 hours, and children should have only 1 tsp in one day. It is recommended that you use a device like a syringe or a measuring spoon that is marked when pouring a dose to make sure you don't take too much.


Children, especially, could die if they take too much Tussionex. Keep the drug in a safe place where they can't reach it. A patient of any age needs immediate medical help if they overdose.

Side Effects

Side effects range from sweating, dizziness and dry mouth to tightness in your chest, problems with urination and behaviour problems like hallucinations.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any other medication you are taking when he prescribes Tussionex. Some of the drugs it shouldn't be mixed with are antidepressants like Prozac and tranquillisers such as Compazine.


Women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding; the elderly; people whose health is compromised and those who are allergic to chlorpheniramine or hydrocodone shouldn't use Tussionex.


The narcotic content in Tussionex can cause an addiction to the drug if the medication is abused. Using and recovering addicts shouldn't take it. Other risks of using narcotics include feeling sleepy or breathing irregularities.

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