If you are using Tussionex to suppress a cough or other upper respiratory symptoms caused by allergies or the common cold, the typical recommended dose is one teaspoonful every 12 hours. However, the Tussionex dosage is lower for children ages 6 to 11, as well as for elderly people, who may be more sensitive to the medication.
An Introduction to Dosing With TussionexThe dose of Tussionex® Pennkinetic® (hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex) your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medications you are taking
- How you respond to Tussionex.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Dosage of Tussionex for Cough and Upper Respiratory SymptomsIn adults and children 12 years of age and older, the usual recommended dose of Tussionex for relieving a cough and other upper respiratory symptoms caused by allergies and the common cold is 5 mL (1 teaspoonful) every 12 hours. You should not take more than 10 mL (2 teaspoonfuls) in a 24-hour period.
Older adults, who may be more sensitive to Tussionex side effects, may need a lower dose or less frequent dosing.
In children 6 to 11 years of age, the usual recommended Tussionex dosage is 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoonful) every 12 hours. Children should not take more than 5 mL (1 teaspoonful) in a 24-hour period. This medication should not be used in children younger than age 6.
General Information on Taking TussionexSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Tussionex include the following:
- This medication comes in liquid form. It is taken by mouth twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses.
- You can take Tussionex with food or on an empty stomach. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
- Shake the bottle well before each use.
- Make sure you measure Tussionex with an oral syringe, medicine cup, or accurately marked measuring spoon. Do not use a household spoon to dose this medication. Household spoons are not accurate enough and you might take too much. Your pharmacist can give you an appropriate measuring device.
- Do not mix Tussionex with other liquids or medicines. This may cause the medication to be released into the body quickly and increase the chance of side effects.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Tussionex dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.