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Doctor insights on: Dimetapp Dm Cold Medication

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Dimetapp (Definition)

Dimetapp is a brand name of a cold medicine that contains brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine. Brompheniramine is an antihistamine that prevents sneezing, itchy watery eyes and nose; and other symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, which reduces the blood flow to certain areas and allows nasal ...Read more


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What's the difference between dimetapp and dimetapp dm?

What's the difference between dimetapp and dimetapp dm?

Dimetapp: Dimetapp contains and antihistamine (bromphenyramine) and a decongestant (pseudoepherine, phenylephrine or phenylpropanoolamine). The dm version has both ingredients of dimetapp with added cough suppressant (dextromethorphan). Both medications are not recommended to children aged below 6 years old. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dimetapp dm and brotapp dm for children age 4? Are there any harmful side effects with brotapp dm in this age group?

What is the difference between dimetapp dm and brotapp dm for children age 4? Are there any harmful side effects with brotapp dm in this age group?

No important ones: For at least the last decade we have recommended parents not use these cough/cold medications in kids before school age if then. They were once a prescription med that eventually made it to OTC status. Over time, we realized more kids were self medicating and ending up in the ER with toxic overdoses. The research eventually showed they don't do much, other than give parents something to do. ...Read more

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Can you take musinex dm while om bloid pressure medication?

Can you take musinex dm while om bloid pressure medication?

Yes, but…: Avoid mucinex-d which conyains Pseudoephedrine can affect BP & has potential interaction with many BP meds. Guaifenesin & dextromethorphan (mucinex (guaifenesin) dm) does not affect BP or BP meds. ...Read more

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I am type 2 DM on oral medication. Now I am preganant. Since I am on tablets instead of insulin can I continue my preganancy?

I am type 2 DM on oral medication. Now I am preganant. Since I am on tablets instead of insulin can I continue my preganancy?

Yes: Some oral meds actually decrease the risk of miscarriage. Others do carry some risk and will need to be changed. There is also a chance that you will need to be put on insulin at some point in the pregnancy but you can with close monitoring have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Best of wishes. ...Read more

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I am hypertensive, missing my medication, and have taken Walgreens Cough DM....should i have concerns?

I am hypertensive, missing my medication, and have taken Walgreens Cough DM....should i have concerns?

What HTNsive med?: The DM prob has some anti-HTNsive effect, but that does not mean it is safe to stop your anti-hypertensive med. Some Anti-HTNsive meds can only be gradually reduced, and dangerous otherwise. More info is necessary. ...Read more

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What is mono? They switched my medication to Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM

What is mono? They switched my medication to Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM

Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis often called Mono is an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Sx fever, sore throat, fatigue, weakness, swollen glands in neck and armpits, loss of appetitie, night sweats. Usually spread by saliva hence kissing disease. Can be spread by exposure to cough sneeze, sharing food utensils. Develop sx after 4-6 weeks exposed to virus. Monospot test. Rx is supportive. No abx. Rest ...Read more

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Can dm, copd, htn or its medications cause rise in sgot and sgpt level?

Can dm, copd, htn or its medications cause rise in sgot and sgpt level?

Yes: Some medications for dm are metabolized in the liver. Most inhaled meds for COPD can also affect liver function.

Some diseases of the lung, like Alpha one antitrypsin disease present as both COPD and liver enzyme elevation. ...Read more

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Can I take my Brom-pse-dm Cough syrup with ibuprofen for headach and my anxiety medication all at the same time?

Can I take my Brom-pse-dm Cough syrup with ibuprofen for headach and my anxiety medication all at the same time?

Depends...: Do you mean brom-fed dm? And what anxiety med are you taking? The brom-fed cough syrup can make you drowsy as can some anxiety meds. So, depending on which anxiety med you are taking, you do need to be careful about over-sedation by taking both of these meds at the same time. It would be ok to take the ibuprofen at the same time. Let us know exactly which meds you are taking if this is not helpful ...Read more

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Any medication for moderate Microalbuminuria other than tight control of HTN. DM with diet exercise like acetylcysteine Taurine?

Any medication for moderate Microalbuminuria other than tight control of HTN. DM with diet exercise like acetylcysteine Taurine?

Possibly: There appears to be some data supporting the use of acetylcysteine taurine for this purpose. You are already taking the usually recommended medication to prevent kidney damage in diabetes, i.e. telmisartan, an angiotensin receptor blocker. These drugs, along with ACE inhibitors, are the standard of care. Notable side effects of acetylcysteine are reported including rash. Review with your doc. ...Read more

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Can I take Robitussin-DM with high blood pressure medications?

Can I take Robitussin-DM with high blood pressure medications?

Yes: However, I would avoid cough medicines if you are ill, coughing helps clear out the mucus or phlegm in your airway. Only take it if you can't sleep. ...Read more

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Can please explaine systolic dysfunction grade1?mom had echo +had gastric bypass 5mnth ago, lost some weight and stop DM, HTN& cholestrole medications?

Can please explaine systolic dysfunction grade1?mom had echo
+had gastric bypass 5mnth ago, lost some weight and stop DM, HTN& cholestrole medications?

Question : Your mom has a complicated story. The most valid answers to your questions will come from her doctor. Answers from out here without complete information aren't necessarily going to be helpful. ...Read more

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Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) with blood pressure medication, is this okay?

Robitussin (guaifenesin): Plain Robitussin dm, (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) not the cough and cold form, is ok. The cough and cold form can raise bp. ...Read more

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62 year old aunt is experiencing palpitations. She jus got a nose bleed as well. H/o of htn, dm. Missed her morning medication. Should we rush her to er?

62 year old aunt is experiencing palpitations. She jus got a nose bleed as well. H/o of htn, dm. Missed her morning medication. Should we rush her to er?

Yes: Palpitations should prompt you to go to the er, regardless of the rest of your story. The nosebleed may be a problem or not, as it is common with this time of year. Blood thinners matter, however, and you do not mention those. ...Read more

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How to tell if I overdosed on dimetapp type of cold meds?

How to tell if I overdosed on dimetapp type of cold meds?

Dimetapp overdose: Call poison control center — 1-800-222-1222
if necessary. Dimetapp contains an antihistamine and decongestants. Oding on it can cause marked either drowsiness or sleeplessness, irritability, dryness of the mouth, elevated blood pressure, headache, etc. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for hypertension in middle age male with no history of dm or other chtonic diseases?

What is the drug of choice for hypertension in middle age male with no history of dm or other chtonic diseases?

Several: Usually we start with one or two drugs. More out now on combination of low dose of two drugs. Usually a combination of an ace inhibitor with low dose hydrocholorothiazide or Chlorthalidone is selected. One may opt for a beta blocker with hctz/chlorthalidone but in males particularly, beta blocker can have untoward sexual side effects. Arb's may be used for ace. It is usually individualized. ...Read more

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How much dimetapp cold & flu do I give a 4-year old that weighs 45lbs?

How much dimetapp cold & flu do I give a 4-year old that weighs 45lbs?

Depends: Normally you wouldn't give any, since the indication on the package is for 6 years and up. Trying warm steam in the bathroom, honey as a natural cough suppressant, and warm liquids may help first. However, if those aren't helping, you can get away with one teaspoon every 6 hours. ...Read more

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How much dimetapp cold and cough should I give my 4yr old? He weighs 35lbs.

How much dimetapp cold and cough should I give my 4yr old? He weighs 35lbs.

Cold medicines: Not a drop! Dimetapp and any of otc cold and cough medications do not help relieve symptoms, are useless, money-waster and can cause unwanted bad side effects in your 4yo. The best approach? Give him lots of fluids (water), use saline nasal spray/drops or hot steam inhalation in the bathroom, use humidifier if weather is already cold at night, and give honey to suppress cough especially at night. ...Read more

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Is it true that most drug store brands and not derm sold sun screens are not effective bc they don't hv titanium dioxide? Ie elta, that's what dm said

Is it true that most drug store brands and not derm sold sun screens are not effective bc they don't hv titanium dioxide? Ie elta, that's what dm said

That is not true: In the U.S., there are several ingredients commonly used in today's sunscreens. If the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight, then it does work. One can get an idea of how well it works by looking at the SPF number (for example, SPF 8, SPF 15, SPF 30). However, a person may see little difference in effect among high SPF's (SPF 40 is similar to 60). ...Read more

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Does Robitussin-DM have drugs in it?

Does Robitussin-DM have drugs in it?

Yes: All medications are drugs, meaning active components that has an effect.
This medication has Guaifenesin a mucolytic and dextrometorphan a cough suppressant. ...Read more

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Can mucus relief dm and Vicks nyquil cold and flu relief be used at the same time?

Can mucus relief dm and Vicks nyquil cold and flu relief be used at the same time?

Pharmacist: The mucus relief dm product has an ingredient that loosens mucus and dextromethorphan that suppresses a cough. If the Nyquil product also has dm in it, then taking both products may provide too much dm. Check with your pharmacist who has access to this information. ...Read more

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I took benadryl to help me sleep but im fighting a nasty cold can I take tissin dm?

I took benadryl to help me sleep but im fighting a nasty cold can I take tissin dm?

You can, but: If you are not allergic to the contents and have a cold, taking an OTC med with DM (dextromethorphan) may be taken and should help you sleep. I would not recommend taking the Benadryl and the OTC med with DM together. You can also check with your primary care MD. ...Read more

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Can I take aleve-d cold and sinus with tussin dm?

Can I take aleve-d cold and sinus with tussin dm?

Yes- what symptoms?: Aleve (naproxen) d cold/sinus contains Naproxen (for pain/fever), Pseudoephedrine (nasal/sinus decongestant) limit 2 tablets/day. Swallow whole. Tussin dm liquid contains Guaifenesin /dextromethorpan (work together to suppress cough) limit 8 tablespoonsfull/day. It is safe to take these together depending on your symptoms. These are adult doses. See physician if symptoms worsen/persist for more than 7 days. ...Read more

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I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

Yes and damage you: Drinking cough syrup is potentially damaging to your brain. It can cause lesions or boring holes called Olney lesions. Don't do it. ...Read more