What is Children’s Dimetapp® used for?
Children’s Dimetapp® is commonly used for:
- Temporarily relieving cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation occurring with a cold, and nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies
- Temporarily relieving these symptoms due to hay fever (allergic rhinitis), such as runny nose; sneezing; itchy, watery eyes; itching of the nose or throat
- Temporarily restoring freer breathing through the nose
How should I take Children’s Dimetapp®?
Take Children’s Dimetapp® by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule. You should use the dosage cup provided in the product packaging to measure the exact volume.
Read the label carefully before using Children’s Dimetapp®.
Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.
How do I store Children’s Dimetapp®?
Children’s Dimetapp® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Children’s Dimetapp® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Children’s Dimetapp® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Children’s Dimetapp® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Children’s Dimetapp®?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Children’s Dimetapp® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You are taking any other oral nasal decongestant or stimulant or taking sedatives or tranquilizers.
When using this product
- Do not use more than directed.
- May cause marked drowsiness.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness.
- Be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery.
- Excitability may occur, especially in children.
Do not use to sedate a child or to make a child sleepy.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Children’s Dimetapp® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Children’s Dimetapp®.
What side effects can occur from Children’s Dimetapp®?
Stop use and ask a doctor if:
- You get nervous, dizzy, or sleepless.
- Symptoms do not get better within 7 days or are accompanied by fever.
- Cough lasts more than 7 days, comes back, or is accompanied by fever, rash, or persistent headache. These could be signs of a serious condition.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Children’s Dimetapp®?
Children’s Dimetapp® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products that may interact with this drug are:
- Sedatives or tranquilizers
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson’s disease)
Does food or alcohol interact with Children’s Dimetapp®?
Children’s Dimetapp® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Children’s Dimetapp®?
Children’s Dimetapp® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid disease
- Trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland
- A breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Children’s Dimetapp®.
What is the dose of Children’s Dimetapp® for an adult?
Adults and children 12 years and over: 20 ml every 4 hours.
What is the dose of Children’s Dimetapp® for a child?
Children more than 12 years of age is 20 mL every 4 hours.
Children 6 to under 12 years of age is 10 mL every 4 hours.
Do not take more than 6 doses in 24 hours. You should use the dosage cup provided in the product packaging to measure the exact volume.
How is Children’s Dimetapp® available?
Children’s Dimetapp® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Syrup, containing 2 mg brompheniramine maleate and 5 mg phenylephrine hcl in each 10 ml.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Children’s Dimetapp®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Children’s Dimetapp®. https://www.drugs.com/otc/103612/childrens-dimetapp-cold-and-cough.html. Accessed October 10, 2017
Children’s Dimetapp®. https://www.drugs.com/sfx/dimetapp-children-s-cold-cough-side-effects.html. Accessed October 10, 2017
Review Date: October 10, 2017 | Last Modified: October 10, 2017