Delsym Warnings and Precautions
Specific Precautions and Warnings With DelsymSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Delsym include the following:
- While many cases of coughing can be safely self-treated, people with asthma or COPD (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema) should seek the help of a healthcare professional when treating a cough.
- Stop taking Delsym and contact your healthcare provider if your cough lasts for more than seven days; goes away and comes back; or is accompanied by a fever, rash, or a persistent headache. These symptoms may indicate a more serious problem.
- Delsym is best used for treating a dry cough. If your cough produces phlegm, different treatment options may be more appropriate.
- Do not give Delsym (or any other cough or cold medication) to children under the age of four years old, unless the child's healthcare provider specifically recommends such products.
- Dextromethorphan (the active ingredient in Delsym) is usually considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that there may be possible risks to the fetus (see Delsym and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if Delsym passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Delsym and Breastfeeding).
- Are allergic to it, to dextromethorphan, or to any of the inactive components used to make these medicines. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients, as does the product label.
- Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. MAOIs include: