food interaction for SHWAS

alcohol interaction for SHWAS

pregnancy interaction for SHWAS

lactation interaction for SHWAS

Avoid Shwas syrup with caffeine and chocolate as well as food containing caffeine and chocolate such as tea leaves, cocoa beans.
Shwas syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Shwas 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.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.




Bromhexine is used in the treatment of cough.

How it works

Bromhexine thins and loosens mucus, making it easier to cough out.

Common side effects

Irritation of ear, Allergic skin rash, Dizziness, Headache.


Etofylline is used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd) and asthma.

How it works

Etofylline works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the airways. This opens the airways and makes breathing easier.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Abdominal upset, Restlessness.


Menthol is used in the treatment of dermatitis, itching and eczema.

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.


Albuterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd).

How it works

The Albuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the airways. This opens the airways and makes breathing easier.

Common side effects

Cough, Throat irritation, Respiratory tract inflammation, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Respiratory tract infection.


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Expert advice FOR SHWAS

  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had or are suffering from stomach ulcer. You may not be prescribed Bromhexine as it can aggravate your problem.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any liver/kidney disease or asthma.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to Bromhexine or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions FOR SHWAS


Q. Is Bromhexine an antihistamine?
No, Bromhexineis not an antihistamine.




Q. Is albuterol a steroid or a corticosteroid?
Albuterol is not a steroid or a corticosteroid
Q. Is it addictive?
No it is not an addictive
Q. Is albuterol safe and over the counter?
Albuterol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor. Albuterol is not available over-the-counter. It is sold only upon a prescription by a registered medical practitioner
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Q. Does albuterol make you sleepy?
Albuterol can cause sleepiness as a rare side effect
Q. Is albuterol the same as Ventolin?
Albuterol and ventolin belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response
Q. Can I take albuterol for bronchitis, coughing, chest congestion, pneumonia, croup (respiratory infection caused by a virus)?
Albuterol is mainly used in asthma. It is good in the treatment of chest congestion and can prevent getting pneumonia
Q. Can I take albuterol and Advair?
Using albuterol and Advair together can increase heart related side effects
Q. Can I take albuterol with prednisone?
Concomitant use of albuterol and prednisolone may result in hypokalaemia (deficiency of potassium in the blood)
Q. Can I take albuterol with Symbicort?
Using albuterol with symbicort may increase heart related side effects such as increased heart rate, blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm.


Content on this page was last updated on 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)