Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Measure it with a measuring cup and take it by mouth. Shake well before use. Dristan Expectorant may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time. Take it with food if stomach upset occurs.
Dristan Expectorant is a combination of two medicines: Chlorpheniramine and Codeine which relieve dry cough. Chlorpheniramine is an antiallergic. It blocks the action of a chemical messenger (histamine) which may trigger cough due to allergy. Codeine is a cough suppressant. It suppresses cough by reducing the activity of cough centre in the brain.
Dristan Expectorant may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Dristan Expectorant may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Dristan Expectorant is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby. Larger doses or prolonged use of Dristan Expectorant may cause sleepiness and other effects in the baby
Do not drive unless you are feeling well. As Dristan Expectorant may cause dizziness, blurred vision or the inability to think clearly.
Dristan Expectorant is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Dristan Expectorant may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor. Use of Dristan Expectorant may cause excessive sleepiness in patients with end stage kidney disease.
Dristan Expectorant should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Dristan Expectorant may be needed. Please consult your doctor.