Dextromethorphan and Children

Dextromethorphan is an active ingredient in many cough, cold, and flu medications. It comes in a wide variety of products and forms, including lozenges, tablets, and capsules. Some, but not all, nonprescription dextromethorphan medicines can be used in children as young as four years old. Your pharmacist can help you choose a children's dextromethorphan product. However, this medicine is not usually given to a child younger than four, unless his or her healthcare provider recommends it.
Dextromethorphan should not be used in anyone younger than two years old. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information about the risks and benefits of using dextromethorphan in children.
(For more information on children and dextromethorphan, click What Is Dextromethorphan Used For?. This article also takes a closer look at how it works, the use of dextromethorphan in older adults, and potential off-label uses of the drug.)
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