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Dextromethorphan and menthol

Generic Name: dextromethorphan and menthol (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan and MEN-thol)
Brand Name: Delsym

Dextromethorphan and menthol is used for:

Treating sore throat, sore mouth, and cough that may happen with the common cold.

Dextromethorphan and menthol is a cough suppressant and pain reliever. The cough suppressant works in the brain to help decrease the cough reflex. The pain reliever works by numbing and soothing the affected area.

Do NOT use dextromethorphan and menthol if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dextromethorphan and menthol
  • you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) within the past 14 days
  • the patient is a child younger than 6 years old

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using dextromethorphan and menthol:

Some medical conditions may interact with dextromethorphan and menthol. Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dextromethorphan and menthol. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.

Ask your health care provider if dextromethorphan and menthol 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 and menthol:

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

  • Allow lozenge to melt slowly in your mouth as directed by your doctor or on the package label.
  • Dextromethorphan and menthol is used on an as-needed basis.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dextromethorphan and menthol.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use more than the recommended dose or use more often than told without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use dextromethorphan and menthol for a cough with a lot of mucus. Do not use it for a long-term cough (eg, caused by asthma, emphysema, smoking). However, you may use it for these conditions if your doctor tells you to.
  • If your cough continues for more than 7 days or if you develop a high fever, rash, or persistent headache, check with your doctor.
  • Contact your doctor right away if you have a severe sore throat, sore throat that lasts for more than 2 days, or if sore throat is accompanied by fever, nausea, rash, or vomiting.
  • Dextromethorphan and menthol should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using dextromethorphan and menthol while you are pregnant. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use dextromethorphan and menthol, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of dextromethorphan and menthol:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with dextromethorphan and menthol. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; wheezing).

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.

Proper storage of dextromethorphan and menthol:

Store dextromethorphan and menthol at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep dextromethorphan and menthol out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dextromethorphan and menthol, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dextromethorphan and menthol 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 and menthol 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 and menthol. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dextromethorphan and menthol. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dextromethorphan and menthol.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

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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