Introduction

Alex+ Syrup is a medicine used to treat dry cough. It works by suppressing the cough reflex in the brain. It also thins the mucus and makes it easier to cough out. Additionally, it relieves allergy symptoms like watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and throat irritation.


Alex+ Syrup is taken with or without food in a dose and duration as advised by the doctor. The dose you are given will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. You should keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. If you stop treatment too early your symptoms may come back and your condition may worsen. Let your doctor know about all other medications you are taking as some may affect, or be affected by this medicine.

The most common side effects are nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, insomnia, rash, and itching. Most of these are temporary and usually resolve with time. Contact your doctor straight away if you are at all concerned about any of these side effects. This medicine can also cause sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can make sleepiness worse.

Never support self-medication or recommend your medicine to another person. It is beneficial to have plenty of fluids while taking this medication. Before you start taking this medicine it is important to inform your doctor if you are suffering from any lung, liver or kidney disease. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Uses of Alex+ Syrup

Benefits of Alex+ Syrup

In 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. Alex+ Syrup suppresses severe dry cough and gives you relief from an itchy throat. Apart from this, it also reduces symptoms of allergy like watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose. Along with taking Alex+ Syrup, gargling with warm salt water and having ginger or honey can help you manage dry cough.

Side effects of Alex+ Syrup

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Alex+

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Sleepiness

How to use Alex+ Syrup

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

How Alex+ Syrup works

Alex+ Syrup is a combination of four medicines: Dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, phenylephrine, and chlorpheniramine which relieve dry cough. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that relieves cough by reducing the activity of cough centre in the brain. Guaifenesin is an expectorant which decreases the stickiness of mucus (phlegm) and helps in its removal from the airways. Phenylephrine is a decongestant which narrows the small blood vessels providing relief from congestion or stuffiness in the nose. Chlorpheniramine is an antiallergic which relieves allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Alex+ Syrup. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Alex+ Syrup may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Alex+ Syrup is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Larger doses or prolonged use of Alex+ Syrup may cause sleepiness and other effects in the baby
Driving
UNSAFE
Alex+ Syrup may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Alex+ Syrup is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Alex+ Syrup may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Alex+ Syrup may cause excessive sleepiness in patients with end stage kidney disease.
Liver
UNSAFE
Alex+ Syrup is probably unsafe to use in patients with liver disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Alex+ Syrup?

If you miss a dose of Alex+ Syrup, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick tips

  • Alex+ Syrup helps in the treatment of dry cough.
  • It is usually taken only for a short time until the symptoms clear up.
  • Measure the syrup with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon.
  • Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication.
  • Stop taking Alex+ Syrup and inform your doctor if your cough persists for more than 1 week, tends to recur, or is accompanied by a fever, rash or persistent headache.

Fact Box

Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
RESPIRATORY

Patient concerns

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I need cough syrup for Dry Cough
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
Alex syp 1tsf twice daily
Having dry cough when sitting in AC or contaminated with cold air
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
Alex cough syp two tsf daily
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References

  1. Drugs.com. Dextromethorphan and phenylephrine. [Accessed 17 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Drugs.com. Chlorpheniramine, Phenylephrine, and Dextromethorphan. [Accessed 17 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  3. Drugs.com. Guaifenesin. [Accessed 17 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

Manufacturer/Marketer address

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited, B/2, Mahalaxmi Chambers, 22, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai – 400 026.
Country of origin: India

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