Children’s Dimetapp Cold and Cough (Generic Brompheniramine)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Brompheniramine treats allergies, hay fever, and the common cold by easing symptoms such as runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and sneezing. Brompheniramine aids in symptom management but does not speed up healing or address the underlying source of the symptoms. Children shouldn’t be given brompheniramine to make them sleepy. The drug brompheniramine belongs to the antihistamine drug class. It functions by preventing the body’s natural histamine from producing the symptoms of allergies.
How should this medicine be used?
As a chewable tablet, an extended-release (long-acting) capsule, an extended-release (long-acting) tablet, and a liquid to be taken by mouth, brompheniramine is sold with other cough and cold remedies. The liquid and chewable pill are typically given every 4 to 6 hours, depending on necessity. It is typical to take the extended-release pills and capsules every 8 or 12 hours as needed. Pay close attention to the instructions on the package label or the label on your prescription, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any instructions you do not understand. Follow the brompheniramine directions exactly. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than recommended on the box label or by your doctor.
Brompheniramine is a cough and cold medicine that is frequently taken with other drugs. Find out which product is best for your symptoms by consulting your doctor or pharmacist. Before taking two or more non-prescription cough and cold medications at the same time, thoroughly read the labels. If you take these products together, you can experience an overdose because they might both contain the same active ingredient. This is crucial if you plan to give children cough and cold drugs.
Brompheniramine-containing over-the-counter cough-and-cold remedies, in particular, have the potential to be fatal to young infants. Provide these goods only to youngsters 6 years of age and older. When giving these goods to kids aged 6 to 11, proceed with caution and pay close attention to the instructions on the package.
Be sure the product is appropriate for a child of that age by carefully reading the package label before feeding a child a product that includes brompheniramine. Products containing brompheniramine intended for adults should not be given to children.
Check the package label before giving a kid a product containing brompheniramine to determine how much of the medication the child needs to take. Use the dose on the chart that corresponds to the child’s age. If you are unsure about how much medication to give the child, consult their doctor.
Do not measure your dose if you are consuming the drink with a regular spoon. Use a spoon designed specifically for measuring medication, the measuring cup that came with it, or both.
Do not crush, shatter, or chew the extended-release pills or capsules if you are taking them.
If your symptoms persist for more than 7 days or if you develop a fever, stop taking brompheniramine and make an appointment with your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking brompheniramine,
- If you have any allergies, including to any drugs, foods, or any of the substances in brompheniramine preparations, notify your doctor right away. A list of the ingredients can be found on the package label.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors like isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), and tranylcypromine (Parnate); medications for colds, hay fever, or allergies; medications for depression or seizures; muscle relaxants; narcotic medications for pain; sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquillizers.
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following conditions: ulcers; difficulty urinating (due to an enlarged prostate gland); heart disease; high blood pressure; seizures; or an overactive thyroid gland. Glaucoma is a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can cause gradual loss of vision.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking brompheniramine.
- You should let your doctor or dentist know if you are taking brompheniramine if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
- You should be aware that this medicine may cause you to feel sleepy. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
- See your doctor about drinking responsibly while taking brompheniramine. The negative effects of brompheniramine can be exacerbated by alcohol.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking brompheniramine with your doctor. Brompheniramine is typically not recommended for usage by older adults since it is less reliable and less efficient than alternative drugs that can be used to treat the same condition.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Typically, brompheniramine is consumed as needed. Take the missed dose of brompheniramine as soon as you remember it if your doctor has prescribed it to you on a regular basis. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from brompheniramine are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Throat, nose, and mouth are dry
- Chest discomfort
Certain adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Vision issues
- Having trouble urinating
Further negative effects of brompheniramine are possible. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right once.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Ask any inquiries you may have regarding brompheniramine to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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