Generic Name: dextromethorphan (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan)
Brand Name: PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough
Dextromethorphan drops are used for:
Temporarily relieving cough due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, sore throat, or bronchitis.
Dextromethorphan drops are a cough suppressant. It works in the cough center of the brain to reduce a dry or nonproductive cough.
Do NOT use dextromethorphan drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in dextromethorphan drops
- 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.
Before using dextromethorphan drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with dextromethorphan drops. 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, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if your cough occurs with a large amount of mucus
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dextromethorphan drops. 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 drops
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dextromethorphan drops 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 drops:
Use dextromethorphan drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Dextromethorphan drops may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Use the dropper that comes with dextromethorphan drops 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 drops 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 drops.
Important safety information:
- Dextromethorphan drops 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 drops. Using dextromethorphan drops alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- If cough persists for more than 1 week or is accompanied by a fever, contact your health care provider. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
- Dextromethorphan drops 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 uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Diabetes patients - Some brands of dextromethorphan drops may contain sugar and affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using dextromethorphan drops.
- Different brands of dextromethorphan drops may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN on the package labeling. Follow the dosing instructions provided on the package labeling or by your doctor. If you are unsure of the dose to give a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if dextromethorphan drops can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking dextromethorphan drops, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dextromethorphan drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if dextromethorphan drops are excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking dextromethorphan drops.
Possible side effects of dextromethorphan drops:
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 drops:
Store dextromethorphan drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep dextromethorphan drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about dextromethorphan drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Dextromethorphan drops 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 drops. 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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