Brand Names: Kidkare Cough/Cold, Pediacare Cough and Cold, Pediacare Cough-Cold Chewable, Pediatric Cough & Cold Medicine, Rescon-DM, Triaminic Cold and Cough, Triaminic Softchew Cold and Cough, Vicks Pediatric Formula 44M
Generic Name: chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine
- What is chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine?
- What are the possible side effects of this medicine?
- What is the most important information I should know about this medicine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this medicine?
- How should I take this medicine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking this medicine?
- What other drugs will affect this medicine?
- Where can I get more information?
What is chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine?
Chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine used to treat cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, and watery eyes caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.
Chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of this medicine?
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe anxiety, tremor, seizure (convulsions);
- painful or difficult urination;
- fast or pounding heartbeats; or
- severe headache, pounding in your neck or ears.
Common side effects may include:
- dizziness, drowsiness;
- blurred vision;
- dry mouth, nose, or throat;
- increased or decreased urination;
- nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea;
- sleep problems (insomnia); or
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 this medicine?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this medicine?
Do not use chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have:
- asthma or COPD, cough with mucus;
- a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);
- high blood pressure, heart disease;
- liver or kidney disease;
- enlarged prostate or urination problems;
- overactive thyroid; or
- pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor).
Liquid medicine may contain phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
How should I take this medicine?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Cold or cough medicine is only for short-term use until your symptoms clear up.
Always follow directions on the medicine label about giving cough or cold medicine to a child. Do not use the medicine only to make a child sleepy. Death can occur from the misuse of cough or cold medicines in very young children.
Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.
If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken this medicine within the past few days.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this medicine is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking this medicine?
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
What other drugs will affect this medicine?
Avoid using this medicine with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing (such as opioid medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures). Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other medication, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine.
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