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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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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 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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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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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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Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

Dimetapp: No. Otc cold medications have been shown to be useless in treating colds in children less than 6 years old. In addition, side effects can make their condition worse and cause diagnostic problems. ...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