Rymed

What is the most important information I should know about Rymed?

· Drink plenty of extra fluid while you are taking this medication.

· Do not crush or chew the tablets. Swallow them whole or break them in half where they are scored to make them easier to swallow.

 

What is Rymed?

· Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It is used to break up congestion and mucous to help you breathe easier. Guaifenesin thins mucous, increases the lubrication of your respiratory tract (lungs, nose and throat), and increases the removal of mucous.

· Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant. It constricts (shrinks) blood vessels (veins and arteries), which reduces the swelling of mucous membranes in areas such your nose and sinuses. Rymed helps to open airways and decrease the amount of fluid in your respiratory tract to make it easier for you to breathe.

· Rymed is used to treat the symptoms of the common cold and of infections of your sinuses, your lungs, and your throat.

· Rymed may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

Who should not take Rymed?

· Do not take Rymed if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A very serious drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

· Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have     ·high blood pressure or any other type of heart disease,     ·diabetes,     ·a peripheral vascular disorder (poor circulation to your hands and feet),     ·glaucoma or high pressure in the eye,     ·an overactive thyroid, or     ·difficulty urinating or an enlarged prostate.

· You may not be able to take Rymed, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

· Rymed is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Rymed will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Rymed without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

· This medication passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

· If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from Rymed. You may require a lower dose of this medication.

· Rymed has not been approved for use in children younger than 6 years of age.

 

How should I take Rymed?

· Take Rymed exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each dose with a full glass of water. Increase your fluid intake during the day to help relieve your congestion.

· Take Rymed with food if it upsets your stomach.

· Do not crush or chew the tablets. Swallow them whole or break them in half where they are scored to make them easier to swallow.

· Store Rymed at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention.

· Symptoms of a Rymed overdose include vomiting, high blood pressure (headache, redness of face, blurred vision), an irregular heartbeat, and numbness of your fingers or toes.

 

What should I avoid while taking Rymed?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Rymed may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities.

 

What are the possible side effects of Rymed?

· No serious side effects from Rymed therapy are expected. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

· Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Rymed and talk to your doctor if you experience     ·dizziness or headache;     ·nervousness, restlessness, or insomnia;     ·nausea or stomach upset; or     ·difficulty urinating.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Rymed?

· Do not take Rymed if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A very serious drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

· Heart medications such as methyldopa (Aldomet), reserpine (Serpalan, Serpasil), and guanethidine (Ismelin) may have decreased effects. Talk to your doctor before taking Rymed if you are taking any of these medications.

· Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications for coughs, colds, allergies, or dieting unless your doctor or pharmacist approves. Many other preparations contain pseudoephedrine or similar drugs and you may accidently overdose.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Rymed. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Rymed written for health professionals that you may read.