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There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Alkof syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
UNSAFE
Alkof syrup 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.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Alkof syrup is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
UNSAFE

SALT INFORMATION FOR ALKOF

Cetirizine(2 mg)

Uses

Cetirizine is used in the treatment of allergic disorders

How it works

Cetirizine blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions.

Common side effects

Diarrhoea, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Fatigue, Stomach pain, Vomiting
Phenylephrine(2.5 mg)

Uses

Phenylephrine is used in pupil dilation and nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
It is also used to treat low blood pressure that can occur during different types of anesthesia.

How it works

Phenylephrine narrows the small blood vessels, which provide temporary relief from congestion or stuffiness in the nose.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Palpitations, Increased blood pressure, Increased heart rate, Heart beat irregular
Menthol(1 mg)

Uses

Menthol is used in the treatment of dermatitis (skin rash or irritation), itching and eczema (red and itchy skin)

How it works

Menthol primarily activates the cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin. Menthol, after topical application, causes a feeling of coolness due to stimulation of 'cold' receptors by inhibiting Ca++ currents of neuronal membranes. It may also yield analgesic properties via kappa-opioid receptor agonism.

Common side effects

Balance disorder (loss of balance), Vomiting, Altered heart rate, Drowsiness, Hypersensitivity reaction, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Contact dermatitis, Skin irritation, Apnea (absence of breathing), Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Vertigo, Coma
Dextromethorphan(10 mg)

Uses

Dextromethorphan is used for dry cough

How it works

Dextromethorphan decreases the perception of pain by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Common side effects

Sedation, Sleepiness, Fatigue, Vomiting, Weakness, Drowsiness, Dehydration, Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Headache, Sweating, Anemia, Stomach pain, Nausea, Nervousness, Edema, Constipation, Dry mouth, Restlessness

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Expert advice FOR ALKOF

  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking cetirizine because you may feel sleepy.
  • Avoid alcohol intake while taking this drug.
  • Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects: changes in vision, severe dry mouth, trouble urinating, constipation or drowsiness.
  • Do not start or continue the cetirizine tablets:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cetirizine or any of the other ingredients of cetirizine tablet.
  • If you have severe kidney problem or severe liver problem.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered before taking cetirizine tablets in case of any following disease conditions such as fits, severe kidney impairment, intolerance to sugars.

Frequently asked questions FOR ALKOF

Cetirizine

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Is cetirizine/ Alerid safe?
Cetirizine/ Alerid is safe at the prescribed dose by the doctor. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.

Is cetirizine/ Alerid/ Alerid syrup an antihistamine/antibiotic/steroid?
Cetirizine is an antihistaminic drug. It is not an antibiotic or steroid

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Is cetirizine good for cold/ used for sore throat/ allergic reaction/itching/hives?
Cetirizine is used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose. It is also used to treat hives, but not used for sore throat. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

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Is cetirizine/ Alerid D banned?
It is available in India and should be taken as advised by doctor

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How long can I take cetirizine for?
Patient should take cetirizine as directed by doctor

Q.

Can you take cetirizine for prickly heat?
Cetirizine can be used for prickly heat to reduce the itching. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

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Can I take cetirizine with paracetamol/ aspirin/ ibuprofen/ DayQuil/ prednisone/ Benadryl?
Cetirizine can be taken along with paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or prednisone. However, taking Benadryl and Dayquil along with cetirizine can increase the drowsiness. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

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Can I take cetirizine with high blood pressure?
Patients with high blood pressure can take cetirizine. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

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Can I take cetirizine with loratadine/ diphenhydramine/ brompheniramine/ fexofenadine?
No. Patient should not take cetirizine with these drugs as they are from same category of antihistamines. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

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Can I take cetirizine with antibiotics/ azithromycin/ citalopram/ sertraline?
Yes, as there are no expected reactions with cetirizine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

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Does cetirizine make you sleepy or cause drowsiness?
Patient may feel sleepy after taking cetirizine. Always consult your doctor

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Does cetirizine make you gain weight?
It is rarely seen, but there is a possibility that cetirizine, like other anti-histamines might cause gain in weight

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Does cetirizine contain diphenhydramine/pseudoephedrine/aspirin/acetaminophen (paracetamol)?
No. Cetirizine does not contain diphenhydramine/pseudoephedrine/aspirin. However doctor may prescribe cetirizine in combination with these drugs.

Phenylephrine

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Is phenylephrine an antibiotic/a stimulant/an NSAID/ does phenylephrine work/ does phenylephrine makes your nose run/ does phenylephrine has aspirin in it?
Phenylephrine is not an antibiotic, stimulant, NSAID, but a decongestant and is used to relieve blocked nose. Phenylephrine works for most of the patients if taken as recommended. It does not have aspirin in it

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Can i take phenylephrine with ibuprofen/pseudoephedrine/citalopram/Nyquil/ acetaminophen/ dextromethorphan/ Zyrtec/ Flonase/ Advil?
Drug interaction with any of the above mentioned drugs is not documented, but it can occur. Always follow your doctor’s advice before taking any medicine with phenylephrine

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Can i take phenylephrine with high blood pressure?
Do not take phenylephrine with high blood pressure

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Is phenylephrine the same as Sudafed?
No, phenylephrine is not same as Sudafed which contains pseudoephedrine.

Dextromethorphan

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Is dextromethorphan a steroid/an opiate/an antihistamine/ a narcotic/an NSAID/a controlled substance/contain alcohol/have codeine?
Dextromethorphan is a decongestant and not a steroid, antihistamine, opiate, NSAID or narcotic, but can have addictive effects if taken at large doses than recommended. It does not contain codeine or alcohol. It is not a controlled substance

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Does dextromethorphan work/ how much dextromethorphan can i take for cough?
Dextromethorphan works for most of the patient. It should be taken in amounts exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Cough medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended

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Is dextromethorphan safe/ does dextromethorphan makes you sleepy/make you tired/ raise blood sugar?
Dextromethorphan causes mild sedation effect thus can make you feel sleepy. It does not raise blood sugar or make you tired. Dextromethorphan is generally safe if taken at recommended doses and duration

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Can i take dextromethorphan with high blood pressure/ safe for high blood pressure/ raise blood pressure/ thin blood?
Though it isn't reported, but it should be used carefully in people with high blood pressure, as dextromethorphan may cause high blood pressure and the effectiveness of dextromethorphan is decreased by high blood pressure medications

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Can I take dextromethorphan with benzonatate/acetaminophen/codeine/ibuprofen/ diphenhydramine/pseudoephedrine/guaifenesin/Tamiflu/Benadryl?
Drug interaction with any of the above mentioned drugs is not documented, but it can occur. Always follow your doctor's advice before taking any medicine with dextromethorphan.

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Content on this page was last updated on 03 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)