Generic Name: Robitussin (Cough Suppressants) Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Robitussin® cough suppressants used for?

Robitussin® cough suppressants are commonly used for temporarily relieve:

  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation as may occur with the common cold or inhaled irritants.
  • The impulse to cough to help you get to sleep.

How should I take Robitussin® cough suppressants?

Shake bottle well before use. Measure only with dosing cup provided. Do not use dosing cup with other products. Dose as follows or as directed by doctor.

How do I store Robitussin® cough suppressants?

Robitussin® cough suppressants are best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Robitussin® cough suppressants in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Robitussin® cough suppressants 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 Robitussin® cough suppressants 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 Robitussin® cough suppressants?

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 Robitussin® cough suppressants or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not use if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric or emotional conditions, or Parkinson’s disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Robitussin® cough suppressants?

Some dextromethorphan side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Less common or rare:

  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness (mild)
  • Drowsiness (mild)
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain

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.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Robitussin® cough suppressants?

Robitussin® cough suppressants 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.

Does food or alcohol interact with Robitussin® cough suppressants?

Robitussin® cough suppressants 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 Robitussin® cough suppressants?

Robitussin® cough suppressants 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.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Robitussin® cough suppressants?

What is the dose of Robitussin® cough suppressants for an adult?

The recommended dose is 10 mL every 12 hours, not to exceed 20 mL in 24 hours.

What is the dose of Robitussin® cough suppressants for a child?

Children 12 years of age and over: The recommended dose is 10 mL every 12 hours, not to exceed 20 mL in 24 hours.

Children 6 to under 12 years of age: The recommended dose is 5 mL every 12 hours, not to exceed 10 mL in 24 hours.

Children 4 to under 6 years of age: The recommended dose is 2.5 mL every 12 hours, not to exceed 5 mL in 24 hours.

Children under 4 years of age: Do not use.

How is Robitussin® cough suppressants available?

Robitussin® cough suppressants is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Robitussin 12hour cough relief 3 OZ (89ml)

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 medication, 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.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 26, 2017 | Last Modified: June 26, 2017

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