Chris Evert Children's Hospital
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Acetaminophen, Guaifenesin, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ACETAMINOPHEN; GUAIFENESIN; PHENYLEPHRINE (a set a MEE noe fen; gwye FEN e sin; fen il EF rin) is a combination of a pain reliever, expectorant and decongestant. It is used to treat fever, aches and pains, and congestion from a cold or allergy. It is also used to treat a dry cough. This medicine will not treat an infection.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes

  • enlarged prostrate

  • glaucoma

  • heart disease

  • high blood pressure

  • if you often drink alcohol

  • peripheral vascular disease

  • taken a MAOI like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate within the last 14 days

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to acetaminophen, guaifenesin, phenylephrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Tablets may be broken in half. Do not crush or chew. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 60 years old may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • amphetamine or other stimulant drugs

  • bromocriptine

  • ergot medications for headaches or some procedures

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • procarbazine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • furazolidone

  • imatinib

  • isoniazid

  • linezolid

  • mecamylamine

  • medicines for chest pain, heart disease, blood pressure, or heart rhythm problems

  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances

  • other medicines for allergies or colds

  • reserpine

  • some medicines used for sleep during surgery

  • St. John's Wort

  • theophylline

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, take the last dose of the day at least a few hours before bedtime.

Drink several glasses of water each day. This will help loosen mucus.

Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen with this medicine. Always read labels carefully. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you take too much acetaminophen get medical help right away. Too much acetaminophen can be very dangerous and cause liver damage. Even if you do not have symptoms, it is important to get help right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • confusion

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • hallucinations

  • high blood pressure

  • seizure

  • tremor

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • anxiety, excitement, irritability, nervousness

  • diarrhea

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • stomach upset, nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Child life specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events. Armed with a strong background in child development and family systems, child life specialists promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Because they understand that a child’s wellbeing depends on the support of the family, child life specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.

The goals of the Child Life Program:

  • Providing developmentally appropriate play, creative arts opportunities that will encourage mastery, coping and the expression of feelings
  • Increase familiarity within the hospital surroundings, preparing children, teens and families for the medical experience
  • Develop supportive relationships with patients and family members
  • Bridge the gap between home and hospital by providing familiar activities (play, school, holiday parties and birthday parties, etc)

Top 10 Reasons to call a Child Life Specialist

What is a Child Life Specialist

Child Life Specialists have earned their bachelors or master’s degrees in Child Life, Child Development or a related field and are professionally certified by the Child Life Council. Through education and play, a child life specialist can help your child understand and cope with his/her hospitalization.

Services Provided

  • Promote patient and family centered care
  • Developmentally appropriate playroom and bedside activities
  • Therapeutic play, including medical play
  • Preparation for procedures, surgeries and tests
  • Sibling support and education
  • Oncology support groups in conjunction with Gilda’s Club South Florida
  • Bereavement support
  • Special events, birthday and holiday celebrations are scheduled throughout the year.
  • Preoperative Tour
  • Pet assisted therapy
  • Hospital tours for class visitations can be arranged by request
  • Parties & activities sponsored by community organizations

The Staff

The Child Life Staff consists of a Child Life Coordinator, Certified Child Life Specialists and a Music Therapist. The Child Life staff has a vast knowledge and years of experience in childhood growth and development, and the effects of hospitalization and illness on children of all ages.

Donations and Support

Gifts of toys for playroom use, infant toys, craft supplies, books, DVD's, video games, gift cards and the like are most welcome. Donations must be new and safe. If you are interested in reviewing our wish list, click here. If you are interested making a monetary donation or in supporting a specific program, call the Broward Health Foundation at 954-712-3980.

For more information about our Child Life Program please call our Child Life Coordinator at 954-355-4356.

The Child Life Student Programs:

Volunteering is an opportunity to gain familiarization with the hospital environment. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jenny Mackie, Patient Experience Manager at 954.759.7400.

The internship is specifically designed to help students meet the eligibility requirements set by the Child Life Council for child life certification. The internship will consist of 580 hours over a term of 13-15 weeks. The interns will be directly supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Candidates should be college seniors or graduate students with a background of child development or related fields.