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Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant used for treating cough that is caused by asthma, smoking and emphysema. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

Ask a doctor about using Dextromethorphan if you have chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Do not use it if you are using or have used an MAO inhibitor within the past 14 days of the treatment. This medicine is not recommended for children younger than 4 years of age.

Along with its medical benefits, this medicine causes a few side effects in some rare cases. These may include severe dizziness, anxiety, stomach upset, restless feeling, nervousness, confusion, hallucinations, slow and shallow breathing.

The dosage for adults and children are different depending on the intensity of the cough. The amount and frequency of the dose will be prescribed by your doctor. It is advised to not take a lower and higher amount of Dextromethorphan or for longer than prescribed otherwise it will increase the risk of side effects.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.

dry cough

In addition to its intended effect, Dextromethorphan may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Is It safe with alcohol?

Dmr syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Dmr syrup may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.

Does this affect kidney function?

Contraindicated in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment

Does this affect liver function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

If you miss a dose of Dextromethorphan, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Dextromethorphan as ingredient
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd
Alpic Biotech Ltd
Tablets India Limited
Abaris Healthcare
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Wanbury Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Wockhardt Ltd
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Apex Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Aglowmed Drugs Pvt. Ltd.
Pfizer Ltd
SKN Organics
Synchem Lab
Scott Edil Pharmacia Ltd
Indchemie Health Specialities Pvt Ltd
Mankind Pharma Ltd
Dextromethorphan works as a decongestant by suppressing the nervous system and the part of your brain which is responsible for coughing. It does not really thin the mucus, but certainly provides relief.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Medicine

Zathrin Redimix Suspension

Pratham 200Mg/5Ml Rediuse Suspension

Azibig 200Mg Suspension

What are you using Dextromethorphan for?
cough from asthma
smoking and emphysema.
How much was the improvement?
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
Within 6 hours
Within a day
More than 2 days
Within 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Thrice a day
Twice a day
Four times A Day
Not taking on daily level
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Light Headedness
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Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from persistent dry cough from 7 days I have used cough syrup of dextromethorphan composition (tusq-dx) But still not relief What should I do.

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Any cough syp containing dextromethorpan is totally safe if given above 2 years of age. Dosage for your child will be 2.5 ml thrice daily.
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I am 27 years old and taking chlorpheniramine, maleate, dextromethorphan, hydrobromide, phenylephrine and hydrochloride syrup. I am a breast feeding mother. Can I take the above said medicine?

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Don't worry, if you take the above mentioned medications for short term (3 to 4) days, it won't have any effect on the baby.
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About Dextromethorphan
When is Dextromethorphan prescribed?
What are the side effects of Dextromethorphan ?
Key highlights of Dextromethorphan
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Dextromethorphan
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Dextromethorphan ?