Last update: March 22, 2018


Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Cough suppressant related with morphine and codeine which is lacking of analgesic or sedative properties. Commonly prescribed by pediatricians.

On latest update relevant data on breastfeeding was not found.

Because reported low toxicity and mild side effect it is considered to be safe while breastfeeding.

Frequently associated to caffeine and other products that are usually compatible with breastfeeding. Avoid use of multiple drug and alcohol containing medication.


We do not have alternatives for Dextromethorphan since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Dextromethorphan in other languages or writings:


Dextromethorphan belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Dextromethorphan in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Bioavailability 100 %
Molecular weight 370 daltons
Protein Binding 60 - 70 %
Tmax 1 - 2 hours
T1/2 3 - 6 hours


  1. Dextromethorphan Pre-Review Report WHO 2012 Full text (in our servers)
  2. Dextrometorfan Ficha técnica 2012 Full text (in our servers)
  3. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Nice FJ, Snyder JL, Kotansky BC. Breastfeeding and over-the-counter medications. J Hum Lact. 2000 Abstract
  5. Bem JL, Peck R. Dextromethorphan. An overview of safety issues. Drug Saf. 1992 Abstract

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