Dimetapp Cold & Cough

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is Dimetapp® Cold & Cough used for?

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough is commonly used for treating headache, fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough is not used for treating cough in patient asthma, or emphysema or having smoking.

How should I take Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take Dimetapp® Cold & Cough by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using Dimetapp® Cold & Cough.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Dimetapp® Cold & Cough in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Dimetapp® Cold & Cough 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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough 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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

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 medicine.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Dimetapp® Cold & Cough or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Dimetapp® Cold & Cough during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Dimetapp® Cold & Cough. Dimetapp® Cold & Cough 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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

Some of side effects are:

  • Severe headache
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe dizziness or drowsiness
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Tremor
  • Restless muscle movements
  • Little or no urinating
  • Flu symptoms
  • Easy bruising
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Pale skin
  • Weakness, feeling light-headed
  • Nausea
  • Pain in your upper stomach pain
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Headache
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth or nose
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling restless or excited (especially in children)
  • Mild skin rash

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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough 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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough 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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough?

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough 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:

  • Asthma or COPD
  • Cough with mucus, or cough caused by smoking
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • A blockage in your stomach or intestines
  • Liver disease, alcoholism, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day
  • Kidney disease
  • An enlarged prostate, problems with urination
  • Glaucoma


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Dimetapp® Cold & Cough.

What is the dose of Dimetapp® Cold & Cough for an adult?

Recommended doses for adults is 2 orange capsules on daytime, repeat every 4-6 hours not more than 6 doses per day and maximum 2 blue capsules on bedtime. Do not use more than 6 days.

What is the dose of Dimetapp® Cold & Cough for a child?

Recommended doses for children more than 12 years old is 2 orange capsules on daytime, repeat every 4-6 hours not more than 6 doses per day and maximum 2 blue capsules on bedtime. Do not use more than 6 days.

Do not use this product in children less than 12 years old.

How is Dimetapp® Cold & Cough available?

Dimetapp® Cold & Cough is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Capsule

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 Dimetapp® Cold & Cough, 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 29, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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