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Avoid Correctal syrup with caffeine and chocolate as well as food containing caffeine and chocolate such as tea leaves, cocoa beans.
Correctal syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Taking phenylpropanolamine with alcohol can increase the risk of cardiovascular side effects such as increased heart rate, chest pain, or blood pressure changes.
Correctal syrup may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.




Phenylpropanolamine is used to relieve blocked nose or sinuses caused by common cold and seasonal nasal allergies (hay fever). It is also used to decrease appetite for weight control.

How it works

Phenylpropanolamine belongs to a class of medications called nasal decongestants. It stimulates receptors on blood vessels in the nose and sinuses leading to its constriction and reduction in blood flow thereby relieving congestion.

Common side effects

Nausea, Palpitations, Psychosis, Chest tightness, Dizziness, Epileptic convulsion, Hallucination, Headache, Increased blood pressure, Tremor


Dexchlorpheniramine is used to relieve symptoms of sinus congestion, running nose, watery eyes, itching of the nose and throat, and sneezing due to upper respiratory infections (eg. colds), allergies due to food and insect bites and hay fever.

How it works

Dexchlorpheniramine belongs to class of medications called antihistamines. It acts by blocking a natural chemical (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction.

Common side effects

Nausea, Rash, Blurred vision, Chest tightness, Chills, Constipation, Coordination impaired, Dizziness, Dry nose, Difficulty in urination, Early menstrual periods, Headache, Loss of appetite, Nasal congestion, Sedation, Sleepiness, Frequent urge to urinate, Vertigo, Wheezing, Dry mouth, Fatigue


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Expert advice for CORRECTAL

  • Do not continue phenylpropanolamine for more than 7 days if your condition does not improve or if you have high fever.
  • Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, heart problems, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, prostate enlargement or visual problems due to increased pressure in the eyes (glaucoma).
  • Seek immediate medical attention and discontinue medication if you experience difficulty in breathing, sudden swelling or skin reactions, fits, rapid heartbeat or hallucinations.
  • Use with caution if you are a woman or an elderly patient. Woman may be at a higher risk of haemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain).
  • Avoid driving or operating machinery if you feel dizzy or drowsy after taking phenylpropanolamine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to phenylpropanolamine or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions for CORRECTAL


Q. Is phenylpropanolamine a controlled substance?
Phenylpropanolamine is a controlled substance since it can be used for manufacturing of illegal drugs.

Q. Is phenylpropanolamine the same as phenylephrine?
Phenylpropanolamine and phenylephrine are different drugs belonging to the same class of medications (nasal decongestants). Both are used to relieve blocked nose or sinuses caused by common cold and seasonal nasal allergies (hay fever).

Q. Is phenylpropanolamine still on the market?
Phenylpropanolamine is banned in India due to increased risk of haemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain) and is no longer marketed in India.

Q. Does phenylpropanolamine cause stroke?
Phenylpropanolamine has shown to increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain). Women are at a higher risk.


Q. Does dexchlorpheniramine or dexchlorpheniramine maleate cause increase in blood pressure/ drowsy/non drowsy/sedating/get you high/keep you awake/sleepiness/make you tired/weight gain?
Dexchlorpheniramine causing these side effects is common or rare. Always consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Q. Is dexchlorpheniramine like Benadryl?
No, dexchlorpheniramine is different from Benadryl.
Q. Is dexchlorpheniramine prescription?
Yes, it is available with doctor’s prescription only.
Q. Can I take dexchlorpheniramine with Panadol/cetirizine/Zyrtec/Allegra/ warfarin/diphenhydramine/ibuprofen/Claritin/guaifenesin/Benadryl?
Yes, but taking other medicines may alter the effects of dexchlorpheniramine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 May, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)