Dextromethorphan gel syrup

Pronunciation

Generic Name: dextromethorphan (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan)
Brand Name: ElixSure Cough

Dextromethorphan gel syrup is used for:

Temporarily relieving cough due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, sore throat, or bronchitis.

Dextromethorphan gel syrup is a cough suppressant. It works in the cough center of the brain to reduce a dry or nonproductive cough.

Do NOT use dextromethorphan gel syrup if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dextromethorphan gel syrup
  • you are taking or 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.

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Before using dextromethorphan gel syrup:

Some medical conditions may interact with dextromethorphan gel syrup. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan 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 chronic cough, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if cough occurs with a large amount of mucus

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dextromethorphan gel syrup. 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 toxic side effects may be increased by dextromethorphan gel syrup

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dextromethorphan gel syrup 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 gel syrup:

Use dextromethorphan gel syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dextromethorphan gel syrup may be taken with or without food. Take with food if stomach upset occurs.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Use the teaspoon provided with dextromethorphan gel syrup to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of dextromethorphan gel syrup 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 gel syrup.

Important safety information:

  • Dextromethorphan gel syrup 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 gel syrup. Using dextromethorphan gel syrup alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to 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 health care provider. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
  • Dextromethorphan gel syrup contains dextromethorphan. Before you being 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 health care provider or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - Some brands of dextromethorphan gel syrup may contain sugar and affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using dextromethorphan gel syrup.
  • Dextromethorphan gel syrup is 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 gel syrup can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking dextromethorphan gel syrup, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dextromethorphan gel syrup during pregnancy. It is unknown if dextromethorphan gel syrup is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking dextromethorphan gel syrup.

Possible side effects of dextromethorphan gel syrup:

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:

Dizziness; drowsiness; stomach upset.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

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 gel syrup:

Store dextromethorphan gel syrup between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep dextromethorphan gel syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dextromethorphan gel syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dextromethorphan gel syrup is 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 should not be used to decide whether or not to take dextromethorphan gel syrup 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 dextromethorphan gel syrup. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dextromethorphan gel syrup. 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 dextromethorphan gel syrup.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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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