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Dextromethorphan (Romilar) additional information
Dextromethorphan, an antitussive, is used to relieve a nonproductive cough caused by a cold, the flu, or other conditions. Dextromethorphan acts centrally to elevate the threshold for coughing. It has no analgesic or addictive properties. The onset of antitussive action occurs in 15 to 30 minutes after administration and is of long duration.
Romilar, dextromethorphan, comes in packs of 100 tablets containing 15 mg. dextrometorphan, to take by mouth.
Normal adult dose is one tablet every 4 to 6 hours as needed, not to exceed six tablets in 24 hours or as directed by a physician.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered if it is within an hour or so. If you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Dextromethorphan should be used with caution by individuals with a history of bronchial asthma, narrow angle glaucoma, gastrointestinal obstruction, or urinary bladder neck obstruction. As an antihistamine, dextromethorphan has effects with alcohol and other CNS depressants.
Dextromethorphan may impair the mental and/or physical abilities needed for certain potentially hazardous activities such as driving a car or operating machinery.
Dextromethorphan should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. It is not known if dextrometorphan and chlorpheniramine can cause fetal harm. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Because of the higher risk of intolerance of antihistamines in small infants generally, and in newborns and prematures in particular, dextromethorphan should not be used by nursing mothers. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Possible side effects
Although not common, possible side effects of dextromethorphan include dry mouth, nose, and throat; headache, chest congestion, diarrhea, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, nervousness, restlessness, upset stomach, vomiting and stomach pain.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
If an overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Keep Romilar, dextromethorphan, in a tightly closed container and out of reach of children. Store dextromethorphan at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of dextromethorphan is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your health care professional before you buy Dextromethorphan (Romilar).