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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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How often can I give my 2 year 11 mo. Old/36 lbs. 1/2 tsp. Of Dimetapp elixir? He had some at 730am.

How often can I give my 2 year 11 mo. Old/36 lbs. 1/2 tsp. Of Dimetapp elixir? He had some at 730am.

Dimetapp: Is usually dosed every 4-6 hours. Timing intervals for any specific medication is generally listed on the label. ...Read more

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Hi is it safe to use dimetapp elixir to my baby (7 months old)? His doctor said that it is ok. I am worried because it is said it is not recommended f

Hi is it safe to use dimetapp elixir to my baby (7 months old)? His doctor said that it is ok. I am worried because it is said it is not recommended f

I am glad you are: Worried and being cautious. True it is not recommended because most of these medications have not been tried and tested amongst children less than two years old! That is why you see " ask your pediatrician " on all the medicine packaging and bottles. However, it is safe to use dimetapp under your doctors recommendation. ...Read more

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Can I give Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold&Allergy, which has exp 03 2014 and been stored in the fridge since I bought it in Jan 14, to my 11 yr old?

Can I give Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold&Allergy, which has exp 03 2014 and been stored in the fridge since I bought it in Jan 14, to my 11 yr old?

You should be ok: Generally, it is not advisable to take medications after the expiration date as they may lose chemical properties that make them effective. However, it may work and is unlikely to cause any harm. ...Read more

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How much dimetapp to give my 4 month old?

How much dimetapp to give my 4 month old?

I don't: I find this or any such medication will have no benefit to kids in this age group. Nasal saline wash is the only thing I use with these kids. ...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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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 definition or description of: Dimetapp overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Dimetapp overdose?

Dimetapp overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. "Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, agitation, confusion, flushing, hallucinations, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, seizures. In children, excitement may occur first, and may be followed by: loss of coordination, drowsiness, loss of > ...Read more

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How much dimetapp can I give my 4yr old son? He weighs 35lbs.

How much dimetapp can I give my 4yr old son? He weighs 35lbs.

Usually give: Between 1/4 to! /2 teaspoon every six hours as needed. If it is allergy related, you may find the once a day dosing better like loratadine, generic for claritin, or zyrtec (cetirizine).Coughing is most likely from postnasal dainage. If with any other signs and symptoms and worsening condition, please make appointment to see pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dimetapp?

What is the definition or description of: dimetapp?

Cold medicine: 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 passages to open up. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between dimetapp and brotap?

Please tell me the difference between dimetapp and brotap?

Dimetapp vs brotapp: More or less the same, both contain an antihistamine, (bropheniramine) and a decongestant (phenylephrine in dimetapp, pseudo-ephedrine in brotapp), same indications and contraindications, read the labels carefully and don't exceed recommend dosages, best wishes ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

I never would: A 2 mo is dependent on their nasal passages to breathe. The don't routinely use their open mouth to augment breathing until 4-6m. Dimetapp and similar drugs (once prescription meds) work by drying secretions, thickening the buggers, making any drainage in a babies nose thicker. Useing this is one way to make it harder for them to breathe. Nasal saline washout is the best Rx for a 2 mo. ...Read more

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I have a 6 month old and his dr told me he could take 1/4 t spoon od dimetapp dm is this true he is coughing so hard he is pukeing?

I have a 6 month old and his dr told me he could take 1/4 t spoon od dimetapp dm is this true he is coughing so hard he is pukeing?

Stop the: Dimetapp dm. He may be wheezing or just plain post nasal drainage causing him to be coughing from runny nose and allergies. Get your baby checked out again ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dimetapp overdose?

What is the treatment for dimetapp overdose?

Dimetapp oversoe: Careful observation in the ed of a hospital is recommended. 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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Can u mix dimetapp with remeron (mirtazapine)?

Can u mix dimetapp with remeron (mirtazapine)?

Yes: There should not be any significant interaction if you take just the recommended doses. ...Read more

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Can my son take antibiotics after taking dimetapp?

Yes: So long as it has been prescribed for him, yes. Most antibiotics are best taken on a full stomach. I think with Dimetapp aboard, that is even more true. ...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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Could you take dimetapp and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Could you take dimetapp and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Probably: But do be aware of the additive effects on drowsiness and dry mouth. ...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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My little girl has a bad cough can I give her chidren's dimetapp she is 2 1/2 and she's 28lb?

My little girl has a bad cough can I give her chidren's dimetapp she is 2 1/2 and she's 28lb?

Would not recommend: The american academy of pediatrics has stated that children under 3 should not receive cough/cold medications. Multiple studies have shown that they do not help and there have been several deaths reported as a result of giving these medications. An acceptable alternative for relieving cough is honey--either in tea or as honey-based cough medications. Plenty of fluids are also important, . ...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 Advil (ibuprofen) after you took dimetapp?

Can you take Advil (ibuprofen) after you took dimetapp?

Yes you Can: You can as dimetapp does not contain ibuprefen. ...Read more

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Can dimetapp be used as a home remedy for canker sores?

Can dimetapp be used as a home remedy for canker sores?

As a Rinse: All antihistamines have some level of topical anesthetic properties. So swishing with dimetapp can sooth the canker sore pain. ...Read more

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My 5 months old baby girl is having cold and a bad cough does can I give her dimetapp she is about 6.5kg?

My 5 months old baby girl is having cold and a bad cough does can I give her dimetapp she is about 6.5kg?

Bad selection: These preparations were once used commonly and even prescribed. They contain antihistamines and decongestants. Unfortunately they thicken secretions making it harder for infants to cough out accumulated mucous, and have not real benefit. Their only plus was giving parents something to do. It is best to remove irritants from baby's environment. (Smoke/fragrance)Saline nose wash helps the most. ...Read more

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What is the correct dosage of children's dimetapp to give my two children, and how often do I give it to them? My child's doctor told me to give them children's dimetapp but it says its not for children under 6. My first child is 3 years old and weighs 25

What is the correct dosage of children's dimetapp to give my two children, and how often do I give it to them? My child's doctor told me to give them children's dimetapp but it says its not for children under 6. My first child is 3 years old and weighs 25

Current: Current recommendations from the fda (food and drug administration) and manufacturers of children's cough syrup are now stating that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under 4. However, some doctors still make recommendations for their patients to take these medications. Therefore, you will need to contact the pediatrician's office for the answer to this question. ...Read more

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Can I use dimetapp cold and cough and Bromfed (brompheniramine) together? This would be for my 6 yr old/ 60lbs

Can I use dimetapp cold and cough and Bromfed (brompheniramine) together? This would be for my 6 yr old/ 60lbs

No: 1st of all neither of these meds cure and both may have dangerous side effects, albeit rarely. But they are similar agents and would perhaps result in overdose. ...Read more

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Pediatrician advised to give my 21 month old 24 pound daughter 1 TSP dimetapp cold and cough childrens. Is this okay?

Pediatrician advised to give my 21 month old 24 pound daughter 1 TSP dimetapp cold and cough childrens. Is this okay?

Old medication: This is a product sold by prescription 3 decades ago but available over the counter for the last 2. It underwent a formulation change about 10 yrs ago, reducing its strength. At about the same time most realized these products have little value and advised against use under 6. I find this dose a little heavy, by double (when used for allergies). ...Read more

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My one year old weighs 22 pounds. Our doctor said to give him dimetapp for his cough. I have the multi symptom cold & flu.

My one year old weighs 22 pounds. Our doctor said to give him dimetapp for his cough. I have the multi symptom cold & flu.

Not recommended: Research has shown that cough and cold medicines offer little benefit to young children and can have serious side effects. Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) can help with pain and discomfort, while a vaporizer or time in the bathroom with the hot shower running can loosen congestion and help with cough. Saline nasal spray can help with a runny nose. ...Read more

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I'm needing to know if there will be a reaction or overdose from take dimetapp multi symptoms for kids with brompheniramine and Cetirizine Allergy?

I'm needing to know if there will be a reaction or overdose from take dimetapp multi symptoms for kids with brompheniramine and Cetirizine Allergy?

It is possible: Generally these class of OTC remedies are discourage by the acdemy of pediatrics. With the multisymptom cough remedies your child will be getting medications that may not be necessary with the risk of abnormal dosing. Supportive therapy can help with some symptoms. If no improvement a consult with the pediatrician is recommended for specific therapy ...Read more

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Is dimetapp cold and cough bad for a 6 yr olds who takes it everyday for over two months? My fiances son has really bad allergies and had been on childrens claritin. Recently, someone had switched him to dimetapp cold and cough after he did in fact get a

No, but...: If someone needs medicine like that for long periods of time, it is best to get at the root cause and find out what he is allergic to. Then you can eliminate or reduce the exposure to the problem instead of medicating the child. Get a referral to a good allergist from your pediatrician of family doc or even word of mouth and solve the problem. ...Read more

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My son is 16 months old and has a runny nose. I have been giving him dimetapp and that's not doing anything for him. What else can I give him?

My son is 16 months old and has a runny nose. I have been giving him dimetapp and that's not doing anything for him. What else can I give him?

See details: A runny nose is a mild viral infection but really does not need any specific therapy. Use a cold water vaporizer at night. If it gets worse speak with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My son is taking amoxicillin for strep. His throat is killing him and he has a cough can I give him dimetapp?

My son is taking amoxicillin for strep. His throat is killing him and he has a cough can I give him dimetapp?

Yes. But..: You didn't provide his age. Studies in the US have found little if any benefit of Dimetapp or similar meds to kids under 12 & it is specifically discouraged under 6. If it makes you feel better to do something it would not hurt him. I find a little lemon juice in honey a few times a day is soothing to such a throat. ...Read more