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food interaction for XPECT A

alcohol interaction for XPECT A

pregnancy interaction for XPECT A

lactation interaction for XPECT A

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Xpect a syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Xpect a 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.
Xpect a syrup is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Pseudoephedrine(30 mg)


Pseudoephedrine is used for nasal, sinus (air cavities) and upper respiratory tract decongestion.

How it works

Pseudoephedrine belongs to the class of medications known as decongestants. Pseudoephedrine works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the nasal cavity which decreases excess secretion of mucous in nasal cavity and sinuses (air cavities) thereby relieving congestion.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Palpitations, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Headache, Insomnia, Restlessness, Stomach pain, Tachycardia, Heart rate irregular, Vomiting, Weakness
Dextromethorphan(10 mg)


Dextromethorphan is used to suppress dry coughs (coughs that do not produce phlegm or mucus).

How it works

Dextromethorphan belongs to class of drugs called antitussives. It works by decreasing activity in the part of the brain that causes coughing.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Drowsiness, Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Restlessness, Stomach pain, Vomiting
Cetirizine(5 mg)


Cetirizine is an antiallergic used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as  sneezing, itching, watery eyes or running nose and skin allergies.

How it works

Cetirizine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines. It acts by blocking a natural substance (histamine) that is produced in the body during an allergic reaction.

Common side effects

Diarrhoea, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Fatigue, Stomach pain, Vomiting

Common Dosage for XPECT A SYRUP

Patients taking XPECT A SYRUP

  • 83%
    Thrice A Day
  • 17%
    Twice A Day


6 Substitutes
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    Tablets India Limited
    Rs. 0.75/ML of syrup
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    (60 ML syrup in bottle)
    Tablets India Limited
    Rs. 0.98/ML of syrup
    Rs. 58.85
    pay 53% more per ML of syrup
  • TURBO 30 MG/10 MG/5 MG SYRUP
    (100 ML syrup in bottle)
    Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
    Rs. 0.52/ML of syrup
    Rs. 52
    save 19% more per ML of syrup
    (100 ML syrup in bottle)
    Lupin Ltd
    Rs. 0.65/ML of syrup
    Rs. 65
    pay 2% more per ML of syrup
    (60 ML syrup in bottle)
    Omega Remedies Pvt Ltd
    Rs. 0.99/ML of syrup
    Rs. 59.52
    pay 55% more per ML of syrup

Top General Physicians

  • Dr. Khoobsurat Najma
  • Dr. Sushila Kataria
    MBBS, MD, Diploma
  • Dr. R. R. Dutta
    MBBS, MD
  • Dr. P. R. Aryan
    MBBS, Diploma
  • Dr. Kartavya Shah

Expert advice for XPECT A

  • Inform your doctor if you have heart, blood vessel, liver, kidney, bladder or prostate disorder.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty in breathing, swollen lips or skin, severe rashes and itching, hallucinations, restlessness or sleep disturbances.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken medication for any mental illness, high blood pressure or glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye that causes visual problems).
  • Do not take if allergic to pseudoephedrine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if  medication is going for any mental disorder, nasal sprays for decongestion, high blood pressure.
  • Do not take if suffering with kidney, heart, liver, blood vessel disorder or diabetes, hyperthyroidism, phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumor of the adrenal glands) or glaucoma.
  • Do not take if below below 12 years.
  • Do not take if Pregnant and breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for XPECT A


Q. Can I take pseudoephedrine for allergies?
Pseudoephedrine does give symptomatic relief from seasonal allergic conditions such as runny nose and nasal decongestion. 

Q. Can I take pseudoephedrine with ibuprofen?
Yes. Ibuprofen may relieve fever experienced during cold.


Q. 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.
Q. 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.
Q.  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. 
Q. 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. 
Q. 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.


Q. 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.

. 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.

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

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

. 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.

. 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.

. 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.

. 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.

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

. 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.

. 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.


Content on this page was last updated on 09 February, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)