Before You Buy Robitussin Cough and Cold CF

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Robitussin Cough and Cold is an over the counter cough suppressant, expectorant and nasal decongestant. This multi-symptom medication helps relieve cough and cold symptoms.

Active Ingredients (in each 5ml tablespoon):

Dextromethorphan HBr 10mg (cough suppressant)
Guafenisen 100mg (expectorant)
Phenylephrine HCl 5mg (nasal decongestant)


    Adults 12 and older - Two teaspoons every 4 hours as needed for cough.

    Do not take more than 6 doses in 24 hours.

    Children ages 6 to 12 - One teaspoon every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 doses in 24 hours.
    Children ages 2 to 6 - One half (1/2) teaspoon every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 doses in 24 hours.
    Children under age 2 - Do not use.

    Uses for Robitussin Cough and Cold CF:

    Temporary relief of cough due to throat irritation from:

    • Common Cold
    • Flu
    • Inhaled Irritants

    This medicine may help loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to make your cough more productive, which helps get rid of the mucus in your chest more quickly. It can also relieve nasal congestion from the common cold and flu. If you are coughing frequently, it might reduce the frequency of your cough, so you won't be coughing as often.

    Side Effects of Robitussin Cough and Cold CF

    Most medicines can cause some side effects. Not everyone will experience all of these, but you should be aware of them if you take this medication.


    • Drowsiness or weakness
    • Mild skin rash
    • Nausea or upset stomach
    • Mild headache

    Rare but serious side effects that should be reported to your doctor immediately:

    • ​Confusion
    • Tremor or muscle contractions
    • Slurred speech
    • Severe nausea and vomiting
    • Severe, persistent or worsening headache
    • High blood pressure or numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
    • Excessive sweating
    • Dizziness or fainting spells
    • Excitement, nervousness or restlessness


      Do not use this medication if you are taking an MAOI (medication for depression, psychiatric, emotional conditions or Parkinson's disease) or for two weeks after stopping an MAOI.

      Do not use in children under 12 years old.

      Ask a Doctor Before Use

      Talk to your healthcare provider before you take Robitussin Cough and Cold CF if you have the following conditions:

      • If you have a chronic cough that is caused by asthma, smoking or emphysema
      • If you have a cough that produces a lot of mucous
      • If you have heart disease or high blood pressure
      • If you have thyroid disease
      • If you have diabetes
      • If you have trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland
      • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding


        Stop use and ask doctor if:

        • You have pain or cough that worsens or lasts more than 7 days
        • Cough occurs with fever, headache or rash won't go away
        • You get nervous, dizzy or sleepless while taking this medicine


          "Robitussin Cough and Cold Product Labeling." Wyeth Consumer Healthcare 2007. 11 May 2007.

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