Dextromethorphan freezer popsPronunciation
Generic Name: dextromethorphan (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan)
Brand Name: PediaCare Long-Acting Cough
Dextromethorphan freezer pops are used for:
Temporarily relieving cough due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, sore throat, or bronchitis.
Dextromethorphan freezer pops are a cough suppressant. It works in the cough center of the brain to reduce a dry or nonproductive cough.
Do NOT use dextromethorphan freezer pops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in dextromethorphan freezer pops
- you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using dextromethorphan freezer pops:
Some medical conditions may interact with dextromethorphan freezer pops. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of chronic cough, asthma, lung problems (eg, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if cough occurs with a large amount of mucus
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dextromethorphan freezer pops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Furazolidone or MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of serious side effects, such as severe low blood pressure, fever, severe muscle problems, and possibly death, may be increased by dextromethorphan freezer pops
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dextromethorphan freezer pops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use dextromethorphan freezer pops:
Use dextromethorphan freezer pops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Dextromethorphan freezer pops may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- To use, cut off the top of the freezer pop sleeve and push freezer pop up from the bottom. Dextromethorphan freezer pops may be eaten frozen or the contents of 1 unfrozen sleeve may be poured into a cup or glass to drink. Immediately throw away any unused portion of the opened medicine.
- If you miss a dose of dextromethorphan freezer pops and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dextromethorphan freezer pops.
Important safety information:
- Dextromethorphan freezer pops may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to dextromethorphan freezer pops. Using dextromethorphan freezer pops alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- If your cough lasts for more than 1 week or comes back, or if you also have a fever, rash, or persistent headache, contact your doctor. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
- Dextromethorphan freezer pops contains dextromethorphan. Before you begin taking any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, read the ingredients to see if it also contains dextromethorphan. If it does or if you are not sure, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Diabetes patients - Some brands of dextromethorphan freezer pops may contain sugar and affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using dextromethorphan freezer pops.
- Dextromethorphan freezer pops are not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if dextromethorphan freezer pops can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking dextromethorphan freezer pops, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dextromethorphan freezer pops during pregnancy. It is unknown if dextromethorphan freezer pops are excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking dextromethorphan freezer pops.
Possible side effects of dextromethorphan freezer pops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dizziness; drowsiness; stomach upset.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; slowed breathing.Proper storage of dextromethorphan freezer pops:
Store dextromethorphan freezer pops at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep dextromethorphan freezer pops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about dextromethorphan freezer pops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Dextromethorphan freezer pops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about dextromethorphan freezer pops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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