Which of these cold meds are the most effective, tussionex or hycodan (hydrocodone)?

Depends. Neither is particularly effective. Recent tudies of cough medications have shown that codeine-containing cough medications work about as well as sugar pills (placebo) and other studies show hydrocodone equal to Codeine . Theoretically Hycodan (with an anticholinergic) should work better for productive coughs and tussionex (with an antihistamine) should work better if there's an allergy component.

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Which of these are the strongest; tussionex or hycodan (hydrocodone)?

It depends. Tussionex is sustained release. It provides a gradual amnt of hydrocodone over 12 hrs. Hycodan is dosed on a shorter interval. If you took Hycodan q 4-6 hrs you'd receive a higher quantity of hydrocodone in total. Both medications however should be used only on an as needed basis. My advise would be to be less concerned about which one is strongest and use the one that is most effective. Read more...

What is the difference between hycodan (hydrocodone) and tussionex?

See below. Hycodan is hydrocodone plus homatropine methylbromide (an anticholinergic, which can decrease mucus production). Tussionex is hydrocodone plus chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine, which help with allergy symptoms). Read more...

What is the difference between hycodan (hydrocodone) and tussionex?

An allergy med. Both contain hydrocodone, a narcotic pain medicine that happens to be a great cough suppressant. Tussionex contains chlorpheniramine, an old allergy medication that tends to be very sedating (makes you sleepy) - but also can be drying for congestion / mucus mambranes. Hycodan only adds low dose homatropine - no benefit for symptoms, it just gives bad side effects if try to exceed recomm. Dose. Read more...