What is Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicine?
Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine. Dextromethorphan is an effective cough suppressant. Pseudoephedrine can be used as an anti-congestant.
Pediatric Cough and Cough for Children and Cold Medicine is a mixture medicine that treats the symptoms of cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, and eyes that are watery due to allergies, typical colds, and influenza.Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicine does not treat coughs due to smoke, asthma, or the condition known as emphysema.
Pediatric cough and cold medicine can also be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this medication guide.
Side Effects of Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicine
Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face.
This medicine could trigger severe adverse reactions. Stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:
- Severe anxiety, tremor, seizure (convulsions);
- Urination that is painful or difficult
- Rapid heartbeats or fast beats;
- A severe headache with a pounding sensation in your neck or ear.
Common adverse negative effects Pediatric cough and cold medicine can include:
- Dizziness, drowsiness;
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth, nose, dry mouth, or throat
- Increased or decreased urination
- Nausea and hunger loss; diarrhea;
- Sleep problems (insomnia);
This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Do not take this medication if you've taken an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days, for example, isocarboxazid, linezolid blue injections, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
Before you take this drug
Do not take pediatric cough and cold medicine if you've taken an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days. An interaction that could be dangerous that occurs with drugs could be dangerous. MAO inhibitors are isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, rasagiline, and phenelzine, as well as tranylcypromine.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this medication is suitable for use if you are:
- Asthma, or COPD coughing with mucus;
- A blockage within your digestive tract (the stomach or the intestines);
- High blood pressure, heart disease;
- Kidney disease or liver failure;
- Prostate enlargement or urination issues;
- Excessively active thyroid
- Pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor)
The liquid medicine could contain phenylalanine. Be sure to read the label of your medicine for the presence of the condition known as phenylketonuria (PKU).
Consult a physician before taking this medication if you are nursing or pregnant.
How to take Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicine?
Follow the directions on the label or as directed by your physician. Medicines for a cold or cough are only intended for short-term use until the symptoms subside.Follow the instructions on the label of the medicine about administering cold or cough medication to children. Do not take the medicine solely to induce sleepiness in a child. Death can occur through the misapplication of cough or cold medications in infants and young children.
Make sure to measure the liquid medicine with care. Use the dosing needle provided or a dosage-measuring device (not the kitchen spoon).It is important to chew the tablet thoroughly before you take it in.Do not take it for more than 7 consecutive days. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days or if you suffer from a high fever, rash, or headaches.
If you are in need of an operation or other medical examination, notify the doctor or surgeon before the appointment time if you have taken this medicine in the last few days.Place it in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture.
What happens If I miss a dose?
Because pediatric cough and cold medicine is only used in emergencies, it is possible that you are not on a prescribed schedule. Do not miss any doses when it's time to take the next dose. Do not take two doses at once.
What happens if I overdose?
Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should be avoided?
Consuming alcohol while taking this medication could cause adverse effects.Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities until you understand the effects of this medication on your body. The way you react could be impaired.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist prior to using any other cold, cough, allergy, or sleep medicine that contains similar components.Beware of being dehydrated or too hot when exercising in hot temperatures. This medication may reduce your sweating and make you more susceptible to heat stroke.
Interaction with other drugs
Beware of using this medicine in conjunction with other medications that can make you drowsy or slow the rate of breathing (such as opioid medications as well as muscle relaxers or medicines that treat anxiety and seizures). Consult a physician or pharmacist prior to using any other medications, including medicines that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements. There are many possible interactions between drugs that are covered in this drug guide.