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Overview

Introduction

Dr Cold & Flu Tablet is used to treat common cold symptoms. It narrows the small blood vessels providing temporary relief from stuffiness in the nose. It also helps to relieve allergy symptoms like runny nose and watery eyes.

Uses of Dr Cold & Flu Tablet

Dr Cold & Flu Tablet side effects

Common
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Headache

How to use Dr Cold & Flu Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Dr Cold & Flu Tablet is to be taken with food.
This will help to avoid stomach upset.

How Dr Cold & Flu Tablet works

Dr Cold & Flu Tablet is a combination of five medicines: Caffeine, Cetirizine, Nimesulide, Paracetamol and Phenylephrine, which relieves aches and fever associated with cold. Caffeine is a stimulant which decreases sleepiness caused by Cetirizine. Cetirizine is an antiallergic which relieves allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Nimesulide is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause pain and inflammation (redness and swelling). Paracetamol is an analgesic (pain reliever) and an antipyretic (fever reducer) which also blocks the release of certain chemical messengers in the brain that cause pain and fever. Phenylephrine is a decongestant which narrows the small blood vessels providing relief from congestion or stuffiness in the nose.

Dr Cold & Flu Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Dr Cold & Flu Tablet Taking Caffeine+Cetirizine+Nimesulide+Paracetamol/Acetaminophen+Phenylephrine with alcohol can cause liver damage.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Dr Cold & Flu Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Dr Cold & Flu Tablet during lactation is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
UNSAFE
Dr Cold & Flu Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Dr Cold & Flu Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Dr Cold & Flu Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Dr Cold & Flu Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
UNSAFE
Dr Cold & Flu Tablet is probably unsafe to use in patients with liver disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.

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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Dr Cold & Flu

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What is reason for cold tell me1weak of heavy cold
Dr. Amit Modi
Child Specialist
I hope ur child is 2 yr of age.generally cold or flu like symptoms at this age occurs due to cross infection and due lower immunity level in toddlers.
Suffering from Cold, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, for last 11 days. Have tried Cetrizine , Benedryl , for 11 days and antibiotic (kefpod cv 200 ) for 2 days. ( 5 doses ) . Nothing works. Its the same problem every year with me whenever season changes. Last to last year , I tried Allegra, Roxid M, Nice, Becosules for almost a month, but nothing worked. I think its not cold its seasonal flu which I have since it happens every time season changes. Please advise on what to do next.
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FAQs

Q. Are there any contraindications associated with the use of Dr Cold & Flu?

It is not recommended to use Dr Cold & Flu if you have high blood pressure (hypertension), any underlying serious heart condition or cardiovascular disorder, any history of stomach ulcers, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). However, it can be taken if advised by the doctor. This medicine should not be used during pregnancy. The use of Dr Cold & Flu should also be avoided if you are taking antidepressant drugs. These drugs, called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), may include phenelzine and isocarboxazid or tricyclic antidepressants like imipramine and amitriptyline.

Q. Can I breastfeed while taking Dr Cold & Flu?

No, it is not advisable to breastfeed while using Dr Cold & Flu. This medicine contains cetirizine, an antihistamine, which can pass into the breast milk and may harm the baby. Inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding if you are advised to take this medicine.

Q. Can the use of Dr Cold & Flu cause damage to liver?

Dr Cold & Flu contains Paracetamol and Nimesulide. These medicines are known to cause harm to the liver especially in the doses above the recommended level. Also, avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine, as it may further increase your risk of liver damage. Use of this medicine should preferably be avoided in patients with the underlying liver disease. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any early signs and symptoms of liver damage. These symptoms may include fever, rash, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, stomach pain, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes and abnormal liver enzymes.

Q. What is Dr Cold & Flu?

Dr Cold & Flu is a combination of five medicines: Caffeine, Cetirizine, Nimesulide, Paracetamol and Phenylephrine. This combination is helpful in relieving the symptoms of cold. These symptoms include body ache, headache, fatigue, fever, watery eyes, sneezing, cough, sore throat, runny and stuffy nose.

Q. Are there any foods which I should avoid while taking Dr Cold & Flu?

Dr Cold & Flu contains caffeine. So, it is preferable to avoid medicines or food that also contain caffeine. Foods like coffee, tea, cola drinks and chocolate should be avoided as they may add to your total caffeine intake. Increased caffeine intake can cause difficulty in sleeping, you may experience tremors and/or may have chest discomfort. Also, avoid drinking alcohol (beer, wine, etc) while taking this medicine.

Q. Can the use of Dr Cold & Flu cause sleepiness or drowsiness?

Yes, Dr Cold & Flu may make you feel drowsy or may cause you to fall asleep during your daily activities. Avoid driving a car, operating machinery, working at heights or participating in potentially dangerous activities until you know how the medicine affects you. Inform your doctor if you experience such episodes while taking this medicine.

Q. What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Dr Cold & Flu?

Keep this medicine in the packet or the container it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

Q. Are there any serious side effects associated with the use of Dr Cold & Flu?

Serious side effects with Dr Cold & Flu are uncommon and rare. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice allergic reactions, skin rash or peeling, mouth ulcers, breathing problems, unexplained bleeding, recurrent fevers or infections, vision disturbances, fast or irregular heartbeat. These side effects are uncommon but may be serious and may need urgent medical attention.

Q. Will a higher than the recommended dose of Dr Cold & Flu be more effective?

No, taking a higher than the recommended dose may not be more effective, rather it may increase the chances of having some serious side effects and toxicity. If you experience increased severity of your symptoms, that are not relieved by the recommended doses, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.

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