Dextromethorphan

A dry or tickly cough is a common symptom of a few different conditions, including colds, allergies, and even acid reflux. Read More See less

 

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that helps to reduce the tickly feeling in your throat that makes you want to cough.

 

A popular over the counter cough medicine, dextromethorphan is found in some of our favourite remedies, including those from Robitussin, Benylin, and Covonia.

 

If your dry cough is driving you crazy, dextromethorphan could help to give your poor, irritated throat a much-deserved rest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does dextromethorphan have side effects?

Like all medications, dextromethorphan can have side effects, but these are usually rare in all patients.


However, there is a risk of some serious side effects that you will need to be aware of before taking this medication for the first time.

These include symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as:

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat

If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to seek immediate medical attention.

Is dextromethorphan addictive?

Dextromethorphan can be addictive, especially if you take the medication for a while or in large doses.

However, this doesn’t mean that you will automatically experience signs of dependency if you take this cough medicine as recommended by the manufacturer or your healthcare team.

If you find that you need to take dextromethorphan for longer than you need to, in larger doses than recommended, or for reasons other than those recommended, you may be addicted to this medicine.

You may also notice that you feel unwell when you stop taking the medicine. If this happens to you, speak to a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Can I buy dextromethorphan over the counter?

Dextromethorphan is an over-the-counter remedy for dry or tickly coughs.

This means you don’t need a prescription for Dextromethorphan but can only buy it from a registered pharmacy.

This means that you’ll have to answer some simple questions about yourself and your symptoms before you can buy this product, and this is the same if you buy from local pharmacies or online pharmacies like Chemist4U.

Can I take dextromethorphan during pregnancy?

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking dextromethorphan if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

This medication may not be suitable for you at this time, so do not take it unless specifically advised to do so by a medical professional.

Your healthcare team will only provide dextromethorphan to new or expecting parents if the potential benefits of the medicine would outweigh the risks, so make sure you take time to speak to the professionals and take their advice seriously.

Can I drive after taking dextromethorphan?

You’ll usually be safe to drive after taking products that contain dextromethorphan, but it can sometimes make you feel sleepy, dizzy, or drowsy.

 

If this happens to you, do not attempt to drive or operate tools or machinery until you’re absolutely sure that it’s safe for you to do so.

You may also want to consider asking your pharmacist to recommend a cough medicine that won't make you feel drowsy or for a medicine you can take before bed instead.

Is dextromethorphan suitable for children?

Dextromethorphan is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

 

If your child has a dry cough and you need a remedy that’s right for them, ask your doctor or pharmacist for a recommendation.

There are lots of cough and cold remedies for children that can help ease a dry cough as well as their other symptoms.

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