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Ritz CF Syrup

Your child’s medicine at a glance

Ritz CF Syrup is given to children to treat dry cough. It also helps relieve symptoms of common cold and allergy such as runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion or stuffiness.

Give this medicine to your child by mouth with or without food. It is preferred to give this medicine with food to avoid stomach upset. Always remember that the dosing schedule provided by your child’s doctor depends on the type of symptoms your child has, so make sure to follow the prescribed dose, time, and way strictly.

Give Ritz CF Syrup at a fixed time each day so that it gradually makes a place in your child’s daily routine, which will help you to remember. If your child vomits within 30 minutes of taking this medicine give the same dose again. However, never repeat the dose if it's already time for the next dose.

Some of the minor and temporary side effects that your child may experience while taking this medicine include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, rash, and headache. Usually, these episodes subside once your child’s body adapts to the medicine. In case these effects persist or become bothersome for your child consult your child’s doctor without any delay.

Let your child’s doctor know in case your child is on any other medicine regime or has had any previous episodes of allergy, heart problems, blood disorders, birth defects, airway obstruction, lung anomaly, skin disorders, liver impairment, and kidney malfunction. This information is critical for dose alterations and for planning the overall treatment of your child.

Uses of Ritz CF Syrup in children

Benefits of Ritz CF Syrup for your child

In Treatment of Dry cough

A dry cough is a cough where no phlegm or mucus is produced. It may cause a tickling sensation or itching in the throat and may be due to cold, flu, allergies or throat irritants. Ritz CF Syrup suppresses severe dry cough and gives your child relief from an itchy throat. Along with medications, drinking lukewarm water and gargling with warm salt water may also help ease symptoms for your child.

Side effects of Ritz CF Syrup in children

Ritz CF Syrup does not pose serious side effects and is well-tolerated by children. In case the side effects do occur, they’re likely to subside once the body adapts to the medicine. Consult your child’s doctor if these side effects persist or bother your child. The most common side effects include-

Common side effects of Ritz CF

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Skin rash

How can I give Ritz CF Syrup to my child?

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. Ritz CF Syrup may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Ritz CF Syrup works

Ritz CF Syrup is a combination of three medicines: Ambroxol, dextromethorphan, and cetirizine which relieve dry cough. Ambroxol is a mucolytic that thins and loosens mucus (phlegm), making it easier to cough out. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that relieves cough by reducing the activity of the cough center in the brain. Cetirizine is an antiallergic which relieves allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing.

Safety advice

Ritz CF Syrup should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Ritz CF Syrup may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Ritz CF Syrup should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Ritz CF Syrup may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if I forget to give Ritz CF Syrup to my child?

Do not panic. Unless your child’s doctor has advised a specific regime for your child, you can give the missed dose as soon as you remember it. Skip the missed dose If it’s almost the time for the next dose. Follow the prescribed dosing schedule and do not give a double dose to catch up with the missed dose.

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Quick tips

  • Ritz CF Syrup may make your child feel sleepy. Ensure your child takes extra care when taking part in physical activities.
  • Never combine Ritz CF Syrup with other cold and flu medicines as that may lead to side effects.
  • Stop Ritz CF Syrup and immediately report to the doctor if your child develops an itchy rash, facial swelling, or breathing difficulties.
  • Practice self-care tips:
    1. Clean and disinfect surfaces after sneezing and coughing to avoid allergy.
    2. Give your child plenty of fluids as it helps to thin and loosen the mucus in the lungs.
    3. Restrain your child from having dairy products, coffee, and foods that are spicy and fried. All these can trigger coughing.
    4. Make your child gargle with warm saltwater.

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Patient concerns

What is a dry and productive cough syrup for baby
Dr. Gopal Bansilal Samdani
In dry cough cough suppressants are used. In productive cough mucolytics are used.
i have dry cough & cold so which syrup i take levosalbutamol / terbutaline I am a MR in fdc i have salbutol-ls syrup
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
U can take montair LC and cough suppressant if it's dry cough


Q. My child is 5 months old and has a dry cough. Can I give him Ritz CF Syrup?

No. Ritz CF Syrup should not be given to children who are less than 2 years of age because it contains an ingredient, dextromethorphan, which can interfere with the functioning of your child's brain Hence, give Ritz CF Syrup to your child only after speaking to your child’s doctor.

Q. Can Ritz CF Syrup make my child sleepy?

Ritz CF Syrup may cause mild drowsiness making your child feel sleepy. However, be cautious and never give this medicine to your child to induce sleep. Forced sleep could mask any underlying sleep disorder like insomnia. It’s best to always consult your child’s doctor regarding any problem your child might be facing and before giving any medicine to your child.

Q. Can other medicines be given at the same time as Ritz CF Syrup?

Ritz CF Syrup can sometimes interact with other medicines or substances. Tell your doctor about any other medicines your child is taking before starting Ritz CF Syrup. Also, check with your child’s doctor before giving any medicine to your child.

Q. Can I give the cough medicine prescribed for me to my child?

Never give your child the medicines that have been recommended for use by adults as these medicines are usually stronger and may cause unwanted side effects. So, always give medicines that have been specifically formulated for them.

Q. What if I give too much Ritz CF Syrup by mistake?

Prolonged or excess of Ritz CF Syrup can put your child at risk of developing serious side effects. These side effects may include seizures, rapid heart rate, depression, cognition defects, and inability to concentrate. Hence, you must always stick to the prescribed dose. To pour out the right dose, do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the correct estimate. Use the calibrated cup provided with the medicine by the manufacturer.

Q. Can Ritz CF Syrup lead to addiction?

Yes, Ritz CF Syrup contains active ingredients that help in relaxing the mind and possess addictive properties. Therefore, Ritz CF Syrup should not be given for a long duration without consulting your child’s doctor.

Q. How should I store Ritz CF Syrup?

Ritz CF Syrup should be stored at room temperature, in a dry place, away from direct heat and light. Also, keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children to avoid any accidental intake.

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