Tussin Pediatric

What is the most important information I should know about Tussin Pediatric?

· Do not use Tussin Pediatric to control a cough that is associated with smoking, asthma, or emphesyma, or a cough that is productive (produces sputum or phlegm). These types of coughs are necessary for normal lung function and should not be suppressed.

· Use Tussin Pediatric only under the supervision of a doctor if you also have nausea, vomiting, a high fever, a rash, or a persistent headache.

 

What is Tussin Pediatric?

· Tussin Pediatric is a cough suppressant. It suppresses the area in the brain that causes coughing.

· Tussin Pediatric is used to treat a cough.

· Tussin Pediatric may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Tussin Pediatric?

· Do not take Tussin Pediatric if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A very dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

· Do not use Tussin Pediatric to control a cough that is associated with smoking, asthma, or emphesyma, or a cough that is productive (produces sputum or phlegm). These types of coughs are necessary for normal lung function and should not be suppressed.

· Use Tussin Pediatric only under the supervision of a doctor if you also have nausea, vomiting, a high fever, a rash, or a persistent headache.

· It is not known whether Tussin Pediatric will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Tussin Pediatric without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

· It is also not known whether Tussin Pediatric passes into breast milk. Do not take Tussin Pediatric without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I take Tussin Pediatric?

· Take Tussin Pediatric exactly as directed. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Allow the lozenges to dissolve in your mouth.

· To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of Tussin Pediatric with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular tablespoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

· The maximum amount of Tussin Pediatric lozenges, liquid, or syrup that an adult should take in 24 hours is 120 mg. Children 6 to 12 years of age should not take more than 60 mg in 24 hours. Children 2 to 6 years of age should not take more than 30 mg in 24 hours. Children younger than 2 years of age should use Tussin Pediatric only under the direction of a doctor.

· Store Tussin Pediatric at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention.

· Symptoms of a Tussin Pediatric overdose include slurred speech, restlessness, a feeling of poor coordination, difficulty breathing, and seizures.

 

What should I avoid while taking Tussin Pediatric?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Tussin Pediatric may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

 

What are the possible side effects of Tussin Pediatric?

· No serious side effects are expected from Tussin Pediatric therapy. Stop taking Tussin Pediatric and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

 

What other drugs will affect Tussin Pediatric?

· Do not take Tussin Pediatric if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A very dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

· Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications for coughs, colds, or allergies, unless your doctor or pharmacist approve it. Many other preparations contain Tussin Pediatric or other similar drugs and you may accidently overdose.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Tussin Pediatric. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has more information about Tussin Pediatric written for health professionals that you may read.