Cough suppressants are a group of medications which work by stopping the urge to cough and reducing the times you cough. Cough suppressants may contain ingredients such as codeine, dextromethorphan, pholcodine, promethazine and diphenhydramine. They may be found in either liquid, tablet form, or lozenges form.
They can be found in combination with other ingredients for runny or blocked nose.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Do let your healthcare professional know if you are taking any other long term medications, especially medications for mood disorders (e.g. Fluvoxamine), seizures (e.g. Phenytoin), runny nose (e.g. chlorpheniramine), muscle relaxants (e.g. Orphenadrine), sleeping pills (e.g. Lorazepam).
If your forget to take a dose, take it as soon as your remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue normally. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
For cough syrups, discard the bottle 6 months after first opening or if expired, whichever sooner.
Pack cough suppressant into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.
Signs that your condition may require further medical attention include: