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For the relief of persistent dry irritant coughs.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years: One 10ml measure up to four times daily.
Children under 12 years: Do not use
Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), or other medications for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's disease, or for 2 weeks after stopping the medication. If you are not sure if your prescription medication contains one of these medicines, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product..
Use in children under 12 years.
Patients suffering from chronic cough as occurs with smoking, asthma or patients suffering from an acute asthma attack, or where cough is accompanied by excessive secretions should be advised to consult a Healthcare Professional before use.
Causes of chronic cough should be excluded if symptoms are persistent. Any accompanying symptoms should be actively sought and appropriately investigated/ treated. Stop use and ask your healthcare professional if your cough lasts more than 7 days, comes back or is accompanied by a fever, rash or persistent headache. These could be signs of serious conditions.
Cases of dextromethorphan abuse have been reported. Caution is particularly recommended for adolescents and young adults as well as in patients with a history of drug abuse or psychoactive substances.
Dextromethorphan is metabolised by hepatic cytochrome P450 2D6.).
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not exceed recommended dose.
- Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance should not take this medicine because this product contains Sorbitol and Maltitol.
- This product contains Amaranth (E123), which may cause allergic reactions.
- This medicinal product contains 2.5% v/v ethanol (alcohol), up to 196 mg per dose, (equivalent to approx 1.6 ml wine per dose). Harmful for those suffering from alcoholism. To be taken into account in pregnant or breast-feeding women and high-risk groups such as patients with liver disease, or epilepsy.
This medicine can impair cognitive function and can affect a patient's ability to drive safely. This class of medicine is in the list of drugs included in regulations under 5a of the Road Traffic Act 1988. When taking this medicine, patients should be told:
- The medicine is likely to affect your ability to drive
- Do not drive until you know how the medicine affects you
- It is an offence to drive while under the influence of this medicine
- However, you would not be committing an offence (called 'statutory defence') if:
o The medicine has been prescribed taken to treat a medical problem and
o You have taken it according to the information provided with the medicine and
o It was not affecting your ability to drive safely
Adverse effects are rare, however the following side effects may be associated with dextromethorphan hydrobromide:
Rare: Gastrointestinal upset
Nervous System Disorders
Rare: Dizziness, drowsiness, mental confusion
Immune System Disorders
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
These include nausea and vomiting, CNS depression, dizziness, dysarthria (slurred speech), myoclonus, nystagmus, somnolence (drowsiness), tremor, excitation, mental confusion, psychotic disorder (psychosis), and respiratory depression.
Treatment of overdose should be symptomatic and supportive. Gastric lavage may be of use. Naloxone has been used successfully as a specific antagonist to dextromethorphan toxicity in children.
Dextromethorphan hydrobromide is a cough suppressant which has a central action on the cough centre in the medulla. It has no analgesic properties and little sedative activity.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Cough suppressant
ATC code: R05DA09
Dextromethorphan hydrobromide is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
Dextromethorphan undergoes rapid and extensive first-pass metabolism in the liver after oral administration. Genetically controlled O-demethylation (CYD2D6) is the main determinant of dextromethorphan pharmacokinetics in human volunteers.
It appears that there are distinct phenotypes for this oxidation process resulting in highly variable pharmacokinetics between subjects. Unmetabolised dextromethorphan, together with the three demethylated morphinan metabolites dextrorphan (also known as 3-hydroxy-N-methylmorphinan), 3- hydroxymorphinan and 3-methoxymorphinan have been identified as conjugated products in the urine.
Dextrorphan, which also has antitussive action, is the main metabolite. In some individuals metabolism proceeds more slowly and unchanged dextromethorphan predominates in the blood and urine.
There is no relevant information additional to that already contained elsewhere in the SmPC or of relevance to the prescriber.
No special requirements