Scot-Tussin Diabetic


Generic Name: Scot-Tussin Diabetic Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan) used for?

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® is a cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex. Scot-Tussin Diabetic® is used to treat a cough.

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema. Scot-Tussin Diabetic® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended. Cough medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child of any age. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache, cough, or skin rash.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have taken a cough medicine within the past few days.

How do I store Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Scot-Tussin Diabetic® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Scot-Tussin Diabetic® 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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic® 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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Do not use dextromethorphan if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist about using this medicine if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis.

It is not known whether dextromethorphan will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are pregnant.

This medication may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Artificially sweetened liquid medicine may contain phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Scot-Tussin Diabetic® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Scot-Tussin Diabetic®. Scot-Tussin Diabetic® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using dextromethorphan and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Severe dizziness, anxiety, restless feeling, or nervousness
  • Confusion, hallucinations
  • Slow, shallow breathing

Common side effects may include stomach upset.

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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® 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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® 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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan)?

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® 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.



The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan).

What is the dose of Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for further information.

What is the dose of Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Scot-Tussin Diabetic® (dextromethorphan) available?

Scot-Tussin Diabetic® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

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 Scot-Tussin Diabetic®, 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.

Review Date: November 14, 2017 | Last Modified: November 28, 2017

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