Guaifenex and Alcohol
Guaifenex generic name guaifenesin/phenlyphrine/phenylpropanolamine is sold under the brand names Ami-Tex, Banex, Dura-Gest, Duratex, Enomine, Entex, Fentex and Qintex. It is given in tablet form.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant which is used to break up congestion and mucous to ease breathing. It does this by thinning mucous and increases lubrication of the respiratory tract which is the lungs, nose and throat and increases the removal of mucous.
Phenlyphrine and Phenylpropanolamine are known as decongestants which shrink blood vessels, veins and arteries, which reduce the swelling of mucous membranes in the nose and sinus.
It is suggested that you drink moderately as it may increase the side effects.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the last 24 days before starting this drug as serious side effects could occur.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to become so, breast feeding, have high blood pressure or any other type of heart disease, diabetes, a peripheral vascular circulation disorder, glaucoma, increased pressure in the eye, overactive thyroid,, difficulty urinating or an enlarged prostate.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, headache, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, nausea, stomach upset or difficulty urinating. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are extreme allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, constriction of the throat, swelling of your lips, tongue or face. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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