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Hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex is approved to suppress coughing and relieve other allergy and cold symptoms in adults and children as young as six years old. It contains a narcotic cough suppressant and an antihistamine. Due to the narcotic component, this medicine is considered a controlled substance, and there are strict laws regarding the use of hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex.

An Overview of Uses for Hydrocodone Polistirex/Chlorpheniramine Polistirex

Hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex (Tussionex® Pennkinetic®) is a prescription medication approved to treat coughing and other upper respiratory symptoms caused by allergies or the common cold. It contains two different medications:
Because it contains a narcotic, hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex is considered a controlled substance in the United States. This means that there are strict laws and regulations controlling its sale and use.
The common cold is a mild illness caused by a virus. Most people will come down with at least one cold each year. In fact, children usually have four to six colds a year, while adults will experience two to four colds.
Even though the common cold is a mild illness, symptoms can be uncomfortable and interfere with day-to-day life. It has been estimated that 189 million school days and 77 million work days are missed annually in the United States because of the common cold.
An allergy is the body's hypersensitivity to something in the environment. Respiratory allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance in the air, such as pollens. Allergies can be seasonal, meaning they occur at specific times during the year, or perennial when they happen all year long.
Although allergies and the common cold are not the same illness, the symptoms are similar and can include:
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Fever.
Hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex is used to relieve coughing and respiratory symptoms caused by allergies and the common cold. However, it is not a cure for these conditions.
(Click Common Cold and Allergies to find out more about these conditions).
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