July 25, 2014
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Delsym DM

(dextromethorphan)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02018403 DELSYM DM SUSPENSION 30MG/5ML

How does Delsym DM work? What will it do for me?

Dextromethorphan belongs to a group of medications called antitussives (cough suppressants). This medication works by suppressing dry, hacking coughs. It is usually used for a short term to control coughing associated with the flu, a cold, or due to inhaled irritants.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or pharmacist or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

How should I use Delsym DM?

The dose of this medication depends on many factors, including the age and weight of the person taking it, their medical conditions, and the strength of the medication. This medication is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours. Some long-acting forms of this medication are taken every 12 hours.

Make sure you read the label and ask your doctor or pharmacist how much and how often you should take it. It is important that this medication be taken exactly as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist, or as indicated on the product label.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Delsym DM come in?

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

Who should NOT take Delsym DM?

Do not take dextromethorphan if you:

  • are allergic to dextromethorphan or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • are taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., maprotiline, moclobemide, selegiline) or have taken them in the previous 2 weeks
  • have respiratory depression (breathing rate below normal)

Do not give this medication to children less than 6 years old.

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