Alex syrup is a ‘’cough and cold preparations’’ type of medicine which is used in the treatment of dry cough. Coughing is a body’s own protective mechanism which allows clearing of the respiratory pathway of any irritants like dust, germs or mucus. This syrup helps the body to get rid of the condition which is quite discomforting.
Alex Syrup consists of Chlorpheniramine, Phenylephrine and dextromethorphan. Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine drug which prevents risks of allergic reactions by blocking the action of histamine.
Common allergic reactions include sneezing, running nose, irritation in throat, coughing, watery eyes etc. Phenylephrine does the function of reducing a stuffy nose. It causes shrinking of the blood vessels in the nasal passage.
Dextromethorphan helps to block the nerve impulses generated from the cough centre located in the brain and spinal cord. These impulses are sent to the muscles involved in coughing but are blocked by the action of dextromethorphan.
There are certain side effects associated with the consumption of alex syrup. Some of them include dry mouth, nose or throat, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, restlessness or excitation.
These are not a serious concern and can be resolved themselves without any need for treatment. In case of prolonged or chronic side effects, consultation with the doctor is important.
Alex Syrup is primarily used for the treatment of condition like:
Is It safe with alcohol?This may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This Syrup is 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.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
Does this affect kidney function?Contraindicated in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment.
Does this affect liver function?Caution must be taken in patient with liver disease. Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Alex Syrup , and hence can be used as its substitute.
Are there any missed dose instructions?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Are there any overdose instructions?Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Alex Syrup works as a decongestant by suppressing the nervous system and the part of your brain which is responsible for coughing. It does not really thin the mucus, but certainly provides relief. This drug binds to the histamine H1 receptor, which prevents the action from endogenous histamine and also reduces adhesiveness and surface tension of congealed mucous in upper respiratory tract to increase flow of mucous, stimulating and increasing efficiency of the cilia to remove the accumulated mucous.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Medicine
Interaction with Disease
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Dextromethorphan- Drug Information Portal [Internet]. druginfo.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [Cited 24 April 2019]. Available from:https://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/rn/125-71-3
Guaifenesin- Drug Information Portal [Internet]. druginfo.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [Cited 23 April 2019]. Available from:https://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/name/guaifenesin
Chlorphenamine- Drug Information Portal [Internet]. druginfo.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [Cited 23 April 2019]. Available from:https://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/name/chlorpheniramine
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