Q. Are there any contraindication associated with use of this drug?
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), unless 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 called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) like 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 healthcare provider if you are advised to take this medicine while you are breastfeeding the baby.
Q. Does Dr cold & flu expire?
Yes, Dr cold & flu does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack of medicine. Do not use Dr cold & flu after the expiry date.
Q. Can the use of Dr cold & flu cause damage to liver?
Dr cold & flu contains Paracetamol and Nimesulide. These medicine 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 such as fever, rash, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, stomach pain, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes and abnormal live 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 such as body ache, headache, fatigue, fever, watery eyes, sneezing, cough, sore throat, runny and stuffy nose.
Q. Are there any foods which I have to avoid while taking Dr cold & flu?
Dr cold & flu contains caffeine, so, it is preferable to avoid medicines or food that also contains caffeine like coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate 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 you are 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 regular daily activities. Do not drive car, operate machinery, work at heights, or participate in potentially dangerous activities at the beginning of your treatment until you know how the medicine affects you. Inform your doctor if you experience such episode while you are taking this medicine.
Q. Any special instruction regarding storage and disposal of this medicine?
Store your medicines in a cool dry place and keep them in the original pack or container until it is time to take them. Store them out of sight and out of reach from children. Unused medicines should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them.
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 any of the following: 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 need urgent medical attention.
Q. Will Dr cold & flu be more effective if taken in more than recommended dose?
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 is not relieved by the recommended doses, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.