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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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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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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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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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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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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