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Little Colds Decongestant/ Cough drops
Generic Name: dextromethorphan/phenylephrine (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan/FEN-il-EF-rin)
Brand Name: Examples include Albatussin Pediatric Drops and Little Colds Decongestant/Cough
Little Colds Decongestant/ Cough drops are used for:
Relieving congestion and cough due to colds, flu, or hay fever. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops are a decongestant and cough suppressant combination. It works by constricting blood vessels and reducing swelling in the nasal passages, which helps you to breathe more easily. The cough suppressant works in the brain to help decrease the cough reflex.
Do NOT use Little Colds Decongestant/ Cough drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops
- you have severe high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, or other severe heart problems (eg, heart blood vessel disease)
- you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (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 Little Colds Decongestant/ Cough drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops. 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
- if you have a history of glaucoma, an enlarged prostate gland or other prostate problems, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, blood vessel problems, adrenal gland problems, an overactive thyroid, seizures, or stroke
- if you have a history of chronic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other lung problems (eg, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), or if your cough produces large amounts of mucus
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, tolcapone), furazolidone, indomethacin, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops's side effects
- Digoxin or droxidopa because the risk of irregular heartbeat or heart attack may be increased
- Bromocriptine because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops
- Guanadrel, guanethidine, mecamylamine, methyldopa, or reserpine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Little Colds Decongestant/Cough 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 Little Colds Decongestant/ Cough drops:
Use Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops by mouth with or without food.
- Use the dropper that comes with Little Colds Decongestant/Cough 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 Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops, 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 Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops.
Important safety information:
- Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not take appetite suppressants while you are taking Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops without checking with your doctor.
- Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops has dextromethorphan and phenylephrine in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has dextromethorphan or phenylephrine in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 5 to 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Use Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Caution is advised when using Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Little Colds Decongestant/ Cough 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; excitability; headache; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; trouble sleeping; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; tremor.
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 blurred vision; confusion; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; severe drowsiness; unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; vomiting.Proper storage of Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops:
Store Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops 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 Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Little Colds Decongestant/Cough 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 should not be used to decide whether or not to take Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops 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 Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops. 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 Little Colds Decongestant/Cough drops.