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Balamine DM

Generic names: chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and phenylephrine [klor-feh-NEER-a-meen, dex-troe-meh-THOR-fan, and-feh-nill-EH-frin].
Brand Names: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Cough, Balamine DM, Ed A-Hist DM, Gencontuss Giltuss Allergy Plus are among many of the 14 options. To display all 14 brands please go here.
Drug Class: Upper Respiratory Combinations

What is Balamine DM?

Chlorpheniramine acts as an antihistamine. Dextromethorphan works as a cough suppressant. Phenylephrine works as a decongestant.Balamine DM, a combination medication, is used to treat allergies, colds, flus, and itchiness.Balamine DM does not treat a cough caused by smoking or asthma.Balamine DM can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Balamine DM

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

This medicine can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Severe anxiety, tremor, seizure (convulsions);
  • Fast or pounding heartbeats
  • Urination that is painful or difficult
  • Pale skin, weakness,
  • Headache is severe, with pounding in the neck or ears.

Balamine dm can cause the following side effects:

  • Dizziness, drowsiness;
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat
  • Increased or decreased urination
  • Diarrhea, loss of appetite.
  • Sleep problems (insomnia);

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


If you've taken an MAO-inhibitor in the last 14 days (such as isocarboxazid or linezolid), or if your symptoms are worsened by MAO inhibitors, do not take this medication.

Before you take this drug

If you suffer from:

  • Asthma, or COPD, is characterized by a cough that produces mucus.
  • A blockage of your digestive tract, such as the stomach or intestines;
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Glaucoma;
  • Urination or prostate problems;
  • Overactive thyroid gland;
  • Pheochromocytoma

Balamine DM should not be used if an MAO inhibitor has been taken in the last 14 days. Drug interactions can occur. MAO inhibitors are isocarboxazid (linezolid), methylene blue injection, phenelzine, and other drugs.Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing.

How to take Balamine Dm?

Follow the directions on the label or those prescribed by your physician. Cold and cough medicines are only to be used for a short time until symptoms have cleared up.Follow the directions on the label when giving cough medicine or cold medicine. Never use cough and cold medicine to put a child to sleep.Measuring liquid medicine is important. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon).Mix the tablets with at least four ounces of warm water. Mix the mixture and drink it immediately. Pour a little water into the glass and swirl it gently. Drink immediately.Do not take this medication for more than seven days.Tell your doctor or surgeon, if you've taken this medication within the last few days, if you are going to need medical testing or surgery.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Balamine DM can be used as needed, and you don't need to follow a schedule. If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip any missed doses. Never take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Alcohol consumption can have side effects when taken with this medication.Do not drive or engage in hazardous activities until you have determined how the medicine will affect you. You may be unable to react properly.Before using any other cold or cough medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist if they contain similar ingredients.Avoid overheating or dehydration during exercise and hot weather. This medication can reduce sweating, and you could be more susceptible to heat stroke.

Interaction with other drug

This medicine should not be taken with any other medications that can cause drowsiness, slow breathing, or anxiety (such as muscle relaxers, opioids, or seizure medicine). Before taking any other medications, such as vitamins and herbs, consult your doctor or pharmacist. This medication guide does not list all possible interactions with other drugs.