July 24, 2014
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Cough Syrup DM

(dextromethorphan)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02015781 COUGH SYRUP DM 15MG/5ML SUSPENSION

What side effects are possible with Cough Syrup DM?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • confusion
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • signs of an allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, tongue, or throat)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Cough Syrup DM?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Accidental overdose: Contact your doctor or a local poison control centre immediately.

Medical conditions: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about using this product if you have serious kidney or liver disease, high blood pressure, heart or thyroid disease, diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease or shortness of breath, persistent or chronic cough, glaucoma, difficulty urinating due to enlargement of prostate gland, chronic alcoholism, or any other medical condition.

Persistent symptoms: If your cough gets worse, lasts more than 7 days, or tends to recur, or if you are coughing up phlegm or mucus or have a fever for more than 3 days, talk to your doctor.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

Breast-feeding: If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

Children: This medication should not be used in children under 6 years of age.

Seniors: If you are a senior, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

What other drugs could interact with Cough Syrup DM?

There may be an interaction between dextromethorphan and any one of the following:

  • delavirdine
  • lopinavir
  • MAO inhibitors (e.g., maprotiline, moclobemide, selegiline)
  • methotrimeprazine
  • quinidine
  • ritonavir
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (e.g., citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine)
  • St. John's wort
  • terbinafine
  • tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, imipramine)
  • "triptan" migraine medications (e.g., almotriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan)

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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