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What is this medicine?

DEXCHLORPHENIRAMINE; DEXTROMETHORPHAN; PSEUDOEPHEDRINE (dex klor fen EER a meen; dex troe meth OR fan; soo doe e FED rin)is a combination of an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, and a decongestant. It is used to treat the symptoms of sinusitis, a cold or allergies. This medicine will not treat an infection.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma, other lung disease
  • diabetes
  • eczema
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease, high blood pressure
  • prostate trouble or difficulty passing urine
  • stomach ulcer
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dexchlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, pseudoephedrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before each use. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take with food or milk. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • barbiturates like phenobarbital
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for sleep
  • some medicines for cold, cough or allergy
  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

               
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