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Brand & Generic Names

Iophen Par Glycerol
Iophen-C Liquid Par Glycerol C
Iotuss Par Glycerol DM
Iotuss-DM R-Gen
Organic-1 Tussi-Organidin DM Liquid
Organidin Tussi-Organidin Liquid

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? Yes
  • Available as generic? Yes
  • Drug class: Expectorant


    Loosens mucus in bronchial tubes.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to take:
Tablets--Swallow with liquid. If you can't swallow whole, crumble tablet and take with liquid or food. Instructions to take on empty stomach mean 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
Oral solution--Swallow with liquid to lessen stomach irritation.
Elixir--Swallow with liquid.
Drink a glass of water after each dose.

When to take:
Usually 4 times a day--approximately every 4 hours while awake.

If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember up to 2 hours late. If more than 2 hours, wait for next scheduled dose (don't double this dose).

What drug does:
Increases secretions in bronchial tubes and makes them thinner, which aids in coughing them up.

Time lapse before drug works:
None. Works immediately.

Don't take with:
Any other medicines (including over-the-counter drugs such as cough and cold medicines, laxatives, antacids, diet pills, caffeine, nose drops or vitamins) without consulting your doctor.


None expected.


    Overdose unlikely to threaten life. If person takes much larger amount than prescribed, call doctor, poison-control center or hospital emergency room for instructions.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    Allergic reaction with Seek emergency treatment fever, joint pain, immediately. hives, rash, swollen face.


    Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain.


    Swollen glands below the ears.


    Iodism (burning mouth, headache, eye irritation, metallic taste, rash, sore teeth and gums).

Warnings & Precautions

Don't take if:
You are allergic to iodine or inorganic iodides.

Before you start, consult your doctor:

  • If you have adolescent acne.
  • If you have cystic fibrosis.
  • If you have thyroid disease.

Over age 60:
No special problems expected.

Risk to unborn child outweighs drug benefits. Don't use.

Drug passes into milk. Avoid drug or discontinue nursing until you finish medicine. Consult doctor for advice on maintaining milk supply.

Infants & children:
Effect not documented. Consult your pediatrician.

Prolonged use:

  • May cause decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism).
  • Talk to your doctor about the need for follow-up medical examinations or laboratory studies to check thyroid function.

Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
Avoid if you feel confused, drowsy or dizzy.

No special problems expected.


  • Advise any doctor or dentist whom you consult that you take this medicine.
  • May affect results in some medical tests.
  • Do not use for prolonged periods of time.

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

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Antithyroid drugs* Increased likelihood of adversely
affecting thyroid gland function.
Lithium Increased likelihood of adversely
affecting thyroid gland function.

Possible Interaction with Other Substances

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Alcohol: Decreased iodinated glycerol
Beverages: No special problems expected.
Cocaine: No special problems expected.
Foods: No special problems expected.
Marijuana: No special problems expected.
Tobacco: No special problems expected.

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