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All about: PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops

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

PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops is used for:

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

PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops is a cough suppressant. It works in the cough center of the brain to reduce a dry or nonproductive cough.

Do NOT use PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops
  • you are taking or have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (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 PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops. 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, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if your cough occurs with a large amount of mucus

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone or MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of toxic side effects may be increased by PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops 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 PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops:

Use PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Use the dropper that comes with PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops 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 PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops.

Important safety information:

  • PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops. Using PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • If cough persists for more than 1 week or is accompanied by a fever, contact your health care provider. A persistent cough could be a sign of a serious condition.
  • PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops contains dextromethorphan. Before you begin taking any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, read the ingredients to see if it also contains dextromethorphan. If it does or if you are uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - Some brands of PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops may contain sugar and affect your blood sugar level. Read the label carefully before using PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops.
  • Different brands of PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN on the package labeling. Follow the dosing instructions provided on the package labeling or by your doctor. If you are unsure of the dose to give a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops.

Possible side effects of PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops:

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; 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 or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or 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/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; slowed breathing.

Proper storage of PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops:

Store PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops is 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 PediaCare Infant Long-Acting Cough Drops. 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.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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