A healthcare provider may prescribe Tussionex® Pennkinetic® (hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex) to help relieve or prevent upper respiratory symptoms caused by allergies or the common cold. Specifically, this medicine can help treat coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose.
Tussionex only comes in one form and strength -- Tussionex Pennkinetic Extended Release Suspension. Each teaspoon (5 mL) of this medication contains 10 mg of hydrocodone and 8 mg of chlorpheniramine. It is typically taken twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
In most cases, people tolerate this medication well. However, side effects can occur and may include dizziness, drowsiness, and constipation.
(For more information on this liquid suspension, click Tussionex. This article takes an in-depth look at this medication, including how it works, dosing guidelines, and what to tell your healthcare provider before taking it.)