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Children’s Robitussin Cough and Chest

Generic name: dextromethorphan and guaifenesin [DEX-troe-me-THOR-fan-and-gwye-FEN-e-sin]
Brand names: Adult Cough DM, Children Giltuss Cough and Chest Congestion, Children’s Delsym Cough+Chest Congest DM, Children’s Robitussin Cough and Chest, Children’s Robitussin Cough and Chest Congestion DM,… Show all 99 brands
Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

What is Children's Robitussin Cough and Chest?

Dextromethorphan suppresses coughing. Guaifenesin acts as an expectorant.The combination of children's robitussin cough and chest is used to treat the symptoms of coughing and congestion in the chest caused by allergies or a common cold.Dextromethorphan does not work to treat coughs caused by smoking.This leaflet does not list all the brands or forms available.This medication guide does not list all possible uses for children's Robitussin Cough and Chest.

Side effects of Children's Robitussin Cough and Chest

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy: difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling in your lips, face, throat, tongue, or mouth, seek emergency medical attention.

If you experience:

  • Mood changes
  • Headache; severe
  • Feeling dizzy or anxious, as if you could pass out.

Side effects that may occur with Children's Robitussin Chest and Cough include:

  • Dizziness, drowsiness;
  • Sleep problems (insomnia);
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Feeling nervous, restless, or anxious

There may be other side effects. Call your physician immediately if experiencing side effects; report these by calling the FDA directly at 1-800-FDA-1088.


If you've taken an MAO-inhibitor in the last 14 days (such as phenelzine or selegiline), do not take this medication.

Before you take this drug

Children's Robitussin Cough and Chest should not be used if an MAO inhibitor has been taken in the last 14 days. There could be a dangerous drug interaction. The MAO inhibitors are isocarboxazid (linezolid), methylene blue injection, phenelzine, and selegiline.

If you suffer from:

  • A cough that produces mucus
  • Asthma, or chronic lung disease.

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

How to take Children's Robitussin Cough and Chest?

Keep to the instructions provided on your package or as directed by your physician. Use cold or cough medicines only as needed until symptoms have cleared up.Follow the directions provided on the label when giving cough medicine or cold medicine to children. Never use cough and cold medicine to put a young child to sleep.Measuring liquid medication is important. Dose liquid medicine with the provided syringe or a dose-measuring device. (Not a spoon!)It may be necessary to shake the liquid prior to measuring a dosage. Please abide by all instructions listed on your packaging.Do not chew or crush the Extended-Release Tablet.The granules can be sprinkled directly on your tongue. Swallow immediately.While taking this medication, drink extra liquids to loosen congestion and lubricate the throat.If your symptoms don't improve within 7 days or you experience a headache, fever, or rash, call your doctor.Tell the surgeon if you've taken the medicine in the last few days.Keep away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

You may not have a schedule for Children's Robitussin Cough and Chest, as it is taken when necessary. If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose. 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?

Do not drive or engage in hazardous activities until you have determined how you will be affected by Children's Robitussin Chest and Cough. You may be unable to react properly.Alcohol consumption can have side effects when taken with this medication.Before using any other cold or cough medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist if they contain the same ingredients.

Interaction with other drug

Use this medication with caution if you are taking other medications that can cause sleepiness, slow breathing, or drowsiness (e.g., opioid medicines, muscle relaxants, anxiety medicine, or seizure medicine).Before using this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you also use any other medications, such as prescriptions and OTC medicines, vitamins, and herbs. When used in combination, some medicines may cause harmful or unwanted effects. This medication guide does not list all interactions.




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