Guaivent generic name guaifenesin and phenylpropanolamine is used to treat the symptoms of the common cold and of infections of the sinuses, lungs and throat.
Guafenesin is an expectorant which is used to break up congestion and mucous to make breathing easier as it thins mucous, increases lubrication of the respiratory tract (lungs, nose, throat) and increases the removal of mucous.
Phenylpanolamine is a decongestant and works by shrinking blood vessels which reduce the swelling of mucous membranes in areas such as the nose and sinuses.
It is suggested moderate drinking only while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
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. If anything more than that it 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.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have used an MAOI type drug in the last 14 days, have high blood pressure or other type of heart disease, diabetes, poor blood circulation, glaucoma or increased pressure in the eyes, overactive thyroid, difficuly urinating or an enlarged prostate.
Less serious side effects are dizziness or headache, nervous, restless, insomnia, nausea or stomach upset or difficulty urinating.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue. 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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