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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Babee Cof, Benylin DM Pediatric, Buckleys Mixture, Buckley's Mixture Cough Suppressant, Creomulsion, Creo-Terpin, Delsym, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief for Children & Adults, DexAlone, Elixsure Cough, Hold DM, Pediacare, Robitussin CoughGels, Robitussin Honey Cough, Robitussin Maximum Strength, Robitussin Pediatric Cough Suppressant, Scot-Tussin Diabetic, Scot-Tussin DM Cough Chasers, Silphen DM, St. Joseph Cough Suppressant, Sucrets DM Cough, Theraflu Thin Strips Cough, Triaminic Long Acting Cough, Triaminic Softchew, Vicks 44 Cough Relief

Generic Name: dextromethorphan (Pronunciation: dex troe meth OR fan)

What is dextromethorphan (Babee Cof, Benylin DM Pediatric, Buckleys Mixture, Buckley's Mixture Cough Suppressant, Creomulsion, Creo-Terpin, Delsym, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief for Children & Adults, DexAlone, Elixsure Cough, Hold DM, Pediacare, Robitussin CoughGels, Robitussin Honey Cough, Robitussin Maximum Strength, Robitussin Pediatric Cough Suppressant, Scot-Tussin Diabetic, Scot-Tussin DM Cough Chasers, Silphen DM, St. Joseph Cough Suppressant, Sucrets DM Cough, Theraflu Thin Strips Cough, Triaminic Long Acting Cough, Triaminic Softchew, Vicks 44 Cough Relief)?

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

Dextromethorphan is used to treat a cough.

Dextromethorphan will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Dextromethorphan may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of dextromethorphan?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using dextromethorphan and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe dizziness, anxiety, restless feeling, or nervousness;
  • confusion, hallucinations; or
  • slow, shallow breathing.

Less serious side effects are more likely, such as stomach upset.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about dextromethorphan?

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Do not use dextromethorphan if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take dextromethorphan before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use any other over-the-counter cough, cold, or allergy medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of one or more types of medicine. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains dextromethorphan.

Dextromethorphan will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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