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Drugs reference index «Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips»

Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips


Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips

Generic Name: Dextromethorphan (DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan)Brand Name: Triaminic Long Acting Cough

Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips are used for:

Temporarily relieving cough due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, sore throat, or bronchitis.

Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips are a cough suppressant. It works in the cough center of the brain to reduce a dry or nonproductive cough.

Do NOT use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips
  • you are taking or have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips:

Some medical conditions may interact with Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have chronic cough, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if your cough occurs with a large amount of mucus.

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone or MAOIs (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of toxic side effects may be increased by Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips:

Use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Do not remove the strip from the pouch until you are ready to take Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips. Be sure that your hands are dry when you touch the strip.
  • Remove the strip from the pouch and place it onto the tongue. The strip dissolves quickly and can be swallowed with saliva. It may be taken with or without water.
  • Use the strip right away after you open the pouch. Do not store it for future use.
  • If you miss a dose of Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips.

Important safety information:

  • Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not take more than the recommended dose or use more often than prescribed with checking with your doctor.
  • If your cough lasts for more than 1 week or comes back, or if you also have a fever, rash, or persistent headache, contact your health care provider. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
  • Do not use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips for a cough with a lot of mucus. Do not use it for a long-term cough (eg, caused by asthma, emphysema, smoking). However, you may use it for these conditions if your doctor tells you to.
  • Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips has dextromethorphan in it. Before you being taking any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, check the label to see if it has dextromethorphan in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, contact your health care provider or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips may contain sugar and affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips.
  • Do not use Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old without checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips while you are pregnant. It is not known if Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips.

Possible side effects of Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; stomach upset.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch .

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; slowed breathing.

Proper storage of Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips:

Store Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Dextromethorphan Orally Disintegrating Strips. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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