Brand Names: Decongestant Cold Formula, Dimetapp Childrens Long Acting Cough Plus Cold, Drixoral Cough & Congestion Liquid Caps, Pediacare Long Acting, Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold, Sudafed Child Cold & Cough, Triaminic A.M. Cough and Decongestant, Triaminic Allergy Congestion, Triaminic Cough, Triaminic Long-Acting Cough & Cold, Tussin Pediatric Cold and Cough, Vicks 44 Cold & Cough LiquiCaps, Vicks 44D
Generic Name: dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine
- What is dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- What are the possible side effects of dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- What is the most important information I should know about dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- How should I take dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- What other drugs will affect dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
- Where can I get more information?
What is dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant.
Dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
Stop using dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
- severe dizziness or drowsiness;
- nervousness; or
- trouble sleeping.
Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.
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 and pseudoephedrine?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to dextromethorphan or pseudoephedrine.
Do not use this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have:
- a cough with mucus;
- a cough caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema;
- heart problems, high blood pressure;
- an enlarged prostate and urination problems;
- diabetes; or
- a thyroid disorder.
Artificially sweetened liquid medicine may contain phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
How should I take dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
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.
Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
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 dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using other cough or cold medicines that may contain similar ingredients.
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
What other drugs will affect dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine with any other medicines, especially drugs that can cause drowsiness (such as opioid medication, sleep medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures). Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine.
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