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Children Giltuss Cough and Cold

Generic names: dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine [dex-troe-meth-OR-fan, gwye-FEN-e-sin, fen-il-EFF-rin].
Brand names: Broncotron Ped, Children Giltuss Cough and Cold, Deconex DMX, Desgen DM (Phenylephrine), Desgen Pediatric,…  Show all 39 brands
Upper respiratory combinations

What is Children Giltuss Cough and Cold?

Dextromethorphan suppresses coughing by affecting brain signals that trigger the cough reflex. Guaifenesin loosens up congestion in the chest and throat. Phenylephrine shrinks the blood vessels in the nasal passages.Children's Giltuss Cold and Cough is a combination medication used to treat allergies, flu, common colds, or coughs caused by the flu.Children's Giltuss Cough & Cold does not treat coughs caused by asthma or emphysema, nor can it be used to treat smoking-induced coughs.This medicine is available in many different brands and forms. This leaflet does not list all brands.This medication guide does not list all possible uses for Giltuss Cold and Cough.

Side effects of Children Giltuss Cough and Cold

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:

  • Little or no urination
  • Fast or slow heartbeats
  • Confusion, dizziness, feeling unsteady;
  • Nervousness; sleep problems (insomnia);
  • Severe nausea or vomiting;
  • An acute headache may lead to blurry vision or cause pain in the neck and ears, both symptoms that require immediate medical intervention.
  • Slow breathing
  • Unusual changes in mood or behaviour

Some of the common side effects associated with children's gilt, cough, and cold include:

  • Diarrhoea, constipation;
  • Dizziness, drowsiness;
  • Sleep problems (insomnia);
  • Feeling nervous, restless, or irritable.

There may be other side effects. Call your physician if experiencing side effects; for reporting these, contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


This medicine should not be used if you've taken MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days. These include isocarboxazid (linezolid), phenelzine (phenelzine), rasagiline (selegiline), and tranylcypromine.

Before you take this drug

This medicine should not be used if you have an allergy to dextromethorphan or phenylephrine.You should not take this medication if you've taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction may occur. MAO inhibitors are isocarboxazid (linezolid), phenelzine (rasagiline), selegiline (tranylcypromine), and rasagiline.

If you suffer from:

  • High blood pressure, heart disease
  • Diabetes;
  • A thyroid disorder
  • Urination problems
  • Glaucoma;
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Chronic bronchitis or emphysema may produce an irritating mucous-laden cough.

This medication may contain phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria, check the label of your medication.Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to take Children Giltuss Cough and Cold?

Please follow all directions listed on the label or provided by your physician when taking cold and cough medicines, which should only be used temporarily until symptoms have resolved themselves.Follow the directions on the label when administering cough or cold medicines to children, never using these remedies as sleep inducers.

Extended-Release Tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken. Swallow the entire tablet.Measuring liquid medicine is important. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon) to measure liquid medicine.While taking this medication, drink extra fluids in order to loosen congestion and lubricate the throat.If your symptoms don't improve within 7 days or you experience a headache, fever, rash, or other symptoms, call your doctor.Tell your doctor or surgeon, if you have taken this medication within the last several days and require medical tests or surgery.Store medicine away from moisture or heat at room temperature to preserve quality and keep them at an appropriate room temperature. Liquid medications must not freeze.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Cough and cold medication shouldn't be taken on an automatic schedule; use only when necessary. If it is close to time for another dose, skip any missed one and go straight back on track with taking all your scheduled ones. Never take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Contact poison helpline 1-800-222-1222 immediately if consuming toxic materials and seek immediate medical care.

What should be avoided?

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.Certain side effects can be exacerbated by alcohol consumption.Before purchasing any cold and cough medications from another source, check with either your physician or pharmacist whether the ingredients match up.

Interaction with other drug

Children with Giltuss Cough and Cold should not be taken with any other medications that can cause drowsiness, slow breathing, or cause you to feel groggy (such as an opioid, muscle relaxer, or medication for anxiety or seizures). Before using any other medications, such as prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal products, consult your doctor or pharmacist. This medication guide does not list all possible interactions with other drugs.