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Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medicine composition: Desloratidine
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet is commonly used in treating symptoms of allergy and hay fever such as red, itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose. It is also used to treat the condition of hives. Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet belongs to a class of medications known as antihistamines. It functions by blocking a chemical substance in the body known as histamine, this substance is responsible for causing allergic symptoms in the body.

Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet is available in the form of tablets, liquids and orally disintegrating tablets. This medicine is generally taken once daily, with or without food. The dosage of this medicine should not be modified unless specifically instructed by the doctor.

There are certain precautions that need to be adhered to before taking the medication. You need to inform your doctor of the following conditions before taking the medication – allergic to any medications, problems in the liver or kidney, pregnancy or plans to become pregnant and whether you are taking dietary supplements or using herbal products.

In case you miss a dose, take it the moment you remember it unless this moment is very close to your next dose then skip it. It is strictly advised against taking multiple doses to make up for a missed dose.

Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet may result in certain side effects in the body such as headaches, dizziness, an upset stomach, a dry mouth, tiredness and muscle pain. In case of women, they may experience painful menstruation. Breathing difficulties are also seen in some patients. It is advisable to consult a doctor if the symptoms turn serious.

Certain food items like grapefruit can interact with medication. Taking Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet also increases one’s susceptibility to drowsiness from alcohol consumption.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Allergist/Immunologist before using this medicine.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis
Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet is used for the relieving the symptoms of seasonal allergies that includes a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing etc.
Perennial allergic rhinitis
Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet is used for relieving the symptoms of allergies that last throughout the year. Symptoms might include a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing etc.
Chronic Utricaria
Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet is used for the treatment of symptoms of Utricaria. Symptoms may include hives, rashes, and red bumps on the skin.
Use of this medicine is not recommended if you have a history of allergy to Loratadine or Desloratadine.
In addition to its intended effect, Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Shortness of breath Major Rare
Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet Major Rare
Irregular heartbeat Major Rare
Allergic skin reaction Major Rare
Headache Moderate Common
Dizziness Minor Less Common
Painful menstruation Moderate Less Common
Muscle or joint pain Moderate Less Common
Nausea or vomiting Minor Less Common
Influenza like symptoms Minor Less Common
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The effect of this medicine can be observed within an hour of administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine should be used in pregnant women only when the potential benefits outweigh the associated risks. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for use while breastfeeding owing to the risk of adverse effects on the infant. However, if it becomes necessary to use this medicine, then breastfeeding should be discontinued.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.
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Missed Dose instructions
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped.
Overdose instructions
Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of overdose may include dizziness, restlessness, confusion, increased heart rate, and seizures.
India
United States
Japan
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 Disease
Disease
Information not available.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Skin allergy test Moderate
This medicine is likely to interfere with the skin allergy test. Report the use of this medicine to the doctor. It is advisable to stop the use of this medicine 2-4 days before taking the lab test.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Erythromycin Minor
Report the use of Ketoconazole to the doctor. An adjusted dose may be required in some cases.
Ketoconazole Minor
Report the use of Ketoconazole to the doctor. An adjusted dose may be required in some cases.
Otrivin Alert 5 MG Tablet selectively inhibits the peripheral H1 receptors thereby reducing the histamine levels in the body. It specifically acts on allergies caused in the skin, blood vessels and airways leading to the lung.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I'm a student with a very tight schedule 24/7. Many times I need to stay awake till 12 or 1 of night. But nowadays I am started to feel sleepy at 9. After taking 5 min nap I'm again ready to study. Is it a disease. How do I cope up with less sleep for at least 2 months until my exams.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I'm a student with a very tight schedule 24/7. Many times I need to stay awake till 12 or 1 of night. But nowadays I ...
Dear Lybrateuser, - For your optimum function & alertness after a hectic day you require at least 7-8 hrs of sleep in the night, less sleep will cause lethargy, tiredness & difficulty to concentrate for a long time - if you sleep less then to freshen you you can take a short nap for 10 - 15 min whenever you find that you are not able to concentrate properly & feeling sleepy or lethargic - also to remain alert for long periods you have to have a well balanced diet with more of fruits, vegetables & whole grains, have plenty of oral fluids including 7-8 glasses of water for proper hydration as even mild dehydration will make you feel tired - also include 10 min of exercise in the morning or any other part of the day as it greatly helps in boosting our metabolism & hence energy supply to the body - destress by listening to music or take a walk in the open fresh air or any other activity which will freshen you up - keep intake of tea, coffee to the minimum 2-3 cups per day) as can cause acidity - napping for 5-10 min is not a disease it can refresh your brain & you will be able to concentrate better.

Hi, My body weight is around 62 kg but my face have excessive fat specially my chins. I need help in reducing my face fat.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hi, My body weight is around 62 kg but my face have excessive fat specially my chins. I need help in reducing my face...
Hello, Go for meditation to reduce your stress making your face in shape and shining. Go for a walk in the morning. Take,plenty of water to hydrate your body. Go for underlying facial exercise: Chin lift is a good exercise to get rid of double chine. Air blowing exercise to enshape your cheeks. Stretching your face muscles, gently stretching your eyes. Keep, smiling removing wrinkles from your face. Take, homoeopathic medicine:@ Fucus vas. Q-10 drops with 1/4 cup. Of lukewarm water, thrice. Always be alert towards your intake avoiding junkfood, alcohol and Nicotine. Take care.
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Hi, Sir when I sit and study I become tired and my backbone pains very much. Please give the solution.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Hi, Sir when I sit and study I become tired and my backbone pains very much. Please give the solution.
Dear Lybrateuser, - To remain alert & to concentrate on your studies, take some precautions - have a snack or light meal about half to one hour before studying (preferably have a protein snack) to provide you with constant energy so that you can concentrate properly, keep sipping water every 10-15 min as even mild dehydration can cause lethargy & tiredness, take a 5-10 min break every 1-2 hrs, get up from the chair & walk (you can revise your topic in your mind) destress by doing exercise (learn back exercise for strong spinal muscles), listening to music or going out in fresh air, try to sleep well for 6-7 hrs at night & get up fresh in the morning, also can do yoga, meditation in the morning to calm your mind - for back your chair should have a straight, firm back support, do some movement in the chair to reduce stiffness due to continuous sitting for long hrs, apply a pain relief gel if pain is more.

I am in Class XII and have barely any time to sleep. Can I take modalert 100 on my exam days to improve alertness or do I have to take it continuously.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I am in Class XII and have barely any time to sleep. Can I take modalert 100 on my exam days to improve alertness or ...
It’s better to avoid modalert medication on the day of exams and remember you should sleep for a minimum of six hours a day especially during exam
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Dental Pain: What Is It?

BDS (Gold Medalist)
Dentist, Gurgaon
Dental Pain: What Is It?

Dental pain is an especially difficult situation to handle on your own. True dental pain usually doesn’t respond to common over the counter pain control options. Let’s go over the different types of dental pain, what you can expect with each, and what you can do temporarily in each case.

Toothache (Severe Constant Throbbing, Hot and Cold Sensitivity)

Dentists call this type of toothache “irreversible pulpitis”. The nerve of the tooth has been traumatized and is in the process of dying. While this lasts you’ll have severe throbbing pain as well as pain from hot and cold. Many times the pain is enough to wake you up at night. I’ve had many patients tell me that it is worse than giving birth or having kidney stones. There are very few things you can do to help with this type of pain because of it’s severity. 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours will sometimes take the edge off. Anesthetic gels or crushed aspirin tablet around the tooth will be ineffective. The only solutions to this problem are to wait for it to go away, have the tooth extracted, or have a root canal. If you decide to wait it out, you should realize that the tooth will likely become infected at some point in the future.

Toothache (Severe constant pain especially if any pressure is placed on the tooth, No hot and cold sensitivity)

Once the nerve of the tooth has died, the area inside the tooth becomes infected. This infection will often spread out of the tooth and into the bone around the tooth. This is known as a dental abscess. You won’t have any sensitivity to temperature in this case but you can still have severe throbbing pain and pain when you bite or anything touches the tooth. You can use 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours to take the edge off. Again any anesthetic gel or similar preparation around the tooth will not help. Antibiotics will help in this case to reduce the infection and relieve some of the pain temporarily. The pain will come back at some point in the future. The only permanent options for treatment are to take the tooth out or do a root canal.

Toothache (Pain only when biting)

If you have pain on biting after having fillings done, your bite is usually a little bit high (called a 'high-point') and needs to be adjusted by the dentist. Avoid biting on that area as best you can until you can get it adjusted. If you haven’t had any dental work done recently, this can be the result of a crack developing in the tooth. The best thing to do is avoid chewing on the tooth until you can see the dentist. Most of these teeth end up needing a crown and occasionally need a root canal if the crack goes into the nerve.

Mouth Ulcer

Ulcers in your mouth can mimic the pain from the a toothache. These can develop all on their own or sometimes they are the result of biting your lip or cheek. If you see a roundish white area surrounded by a bright red halo, you likely have an ulcer. Any over-the-couter available anesthetic gel (e.g. Mucopain, Hexigel, Soregel) placed on the ulcer will help numb it and reduce the pain. Most of these will heal on their own within a week.

Sinus Pain

Sinus pain is another one of those situations that can mimic a toothache. The roots of your top molars literally sit right next to your sinuses and any type of sinus pressure from a cold, etc can cause your teeth to ache. You’ll usually feel a minor to moderate constant ache in those areas. One of the best tests of this is to bend your head and upper body down towards your feet and then straighten up suddenly. If this causes additional pain it is usually sinus related. Decongestants like Otrivin will help relieve some of this pain.

TMJ Pain

Lastly, many people develop TMJ pain. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)  is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome often responds to home remedies, including ice packs to the joint, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), massage or gentle stretches of the jaw and neck, and stress reduction. The prognosis for TMJ syndrome is generally good as the disorder can usually be managed with self-care and home remedies. If it doesn't respond to any medication, you must see your Dentist for further care.

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Brain Cancer - What can Trigger It?

Brain cancer is a disease of the brain in which cancer cells (malignant cells) arise in the brain tissue. Cancer cells grow to form a mass of cancer tissue (tumor) that interferes with brain functions such as muscle control, sensation, memory, and other normal body functions. Tumors composed of cancer cells are called malignant tumors, and those composed of mainly non-cancerous cells are called benign tumors. Cancer cells that develop from brain tissue are called primary brain tumors while tumors that spread from other body sites to the brain are termed metastatic or secondary brain tumors.

Prologue:

  1. Brain cancer is actually the abnormal growth and uncontrolled growth of the cancer cells in the brain,that forms a tumor in the brain.Tumours can be either benign or malignant.

  2. Benign brain tumours are abnormal collections of cells that reproduce slowly and usually remain separate from the surrounding normal brain.

  3. Malignant tumours reproduce and grow quickly. Their borders are hard to distinguish from the normal brain around them.

Symptoms:

There are few early symptoms of brain cancer, but as the tumour grows within the confines of the skull, it causes increased intracranial pressure and exerts pressure on the brain, causing signs to develop.

Brain cancer symptoms and signs are varied and depend on the area of the brain involved, but can include:

  1. Headaches.

  2. Seizures.

  3. Nausea and vomiting, which, CANSA reports, may be worse in the morning or after a sudden position change.

  4. Difficulty walking or clumsiness.

  5. Vision changes.

  6. Changes in alertness.

  7. Behavioural impairment.

Causes:

Brain cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cancer cells in the brain that form a malignant brain tumor. The underlying cause of primary brain cancer, cancer that begins in the brain, is not known. Secondary brain cancer is caused by a cancer of another organ in the body, such as the breast, prostate, kidney, skin, or bone, that has spread to the brain.

What are the risk factors for brain cancer?

  1. Certain inherited conditions, including neurofibromatosis, Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and Turcot syndrome

  2. Personal history of cancer or family history of brain cancer

  3. Impaired immune system

  4. Radiation therapy of the head

Treatments Options:

Treatment

Surgery is the main form of treatment for brain tumors that lie within the membranes covering the brain or in parts of the brain that can be removed without damaging critical neurological functions. The goal is to remove the entire tumor, whenever possible, as a tumor may recur if any tumor cells are left behind. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are generally used as secondary treatment for tumors that cannot be cured through surgery alone.

Stereotactic radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a treatment option that delivers a high concentration of radiation directly to the tumor in order to stop its growth, while delivering only a minimal dose of radiation to the surrounding tissue. Unlike conventional surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery does not require making an incision to remove the tumor. It can be especially effective in patients with many small metastatic brain tumors.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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15 Habits That Lower Your Sperm Count!

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Sexologist, Delhi
15 Habits That Lower Your Sperm Count!

There are a few very common things that a man consumes or does every day without even realizing, that they have a tendency to reduce his fertility. These causes start from drinking and could end with something as harmless as caffeine.

Let's see which habits can cause reduction in sperm count thereby reducing fertility of a man.

  1. Eating processed meat harms sperm quality.
  2. Excessive usage of laptop can also lead to reduction in sperm count because of the heat that a laptop releases.
  3. Hormonal imbalance also causes low sperm production.
  4. If a man is underweight or overweight, this could also lead to less production of sperm. So, a man should watch his weight before thinking of extending his family.
  5. Exposure to too much heat for a prolonged time leads to reduction in sperm count.
  6. Regular smoking also leads to reduction in sperm count.
  7. Excessive stress also causes reduction in sperm count.
  8. Regular and continuous exposure to chemicals like xylene, painting material and metal like lead also leads to low sperm count.
  9. Chemicals present in sunscreen lotion can harm a man's sperm count so one should be alert while using a sunscreen lotion.
  10. Sex toys also cause infertility in men because of presence of phthalates in  them.
  11. Regular intake of canned food can also contribute in low sperm count.
  12. Regular drinking habits reduce testosterone levels thereby reducing the quality and production of sperm.
  13. Excessive intake of canned food leads to intake of bisphenol A which lowers down the quality of the sperm.
  14. Excess intake of caffeine also leads to reduction in sperm count.
  15. Lack of exercise and laziness also reduces sperm count to a great extent.

Some of the above mentioned things can be unavoidable, but point here is that taking everything in moderate quantity doesn't do any harm but problem occurs when the intake is excessive, regular and beyond limit. So, it's better to reduce the quantity and regular use of such things than letting it affect your sperm count.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Chronic Respiratory Problems - How To Treat Them With Homeopathy?

BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Chronic Respiratory Problems - How To Treat Them With Homeopathy?

The lungs are highly prone to chronic problems. Be it asthma, bronchitis or COPD, these problems require chronic treatment and the patient is always on alert. Homeopathy believes that these are just symptoms of an underlying, deep-rooted cause and addressing the root cause can help in complete cure of symptoms. By working on the underlying problem, homeopathy attempts to:

  1. Prevent further damage to the organs; so disease progression is arrested
  2. Reduce dependency on steroids and bronchodilators, which is very common among most people with chronic respiratory disorders
  3. Natural and holistic treatment with minimal side effects

It is to be noted that different clinical presentations are treated with different compounds, and there are more than 25 compounds that can be used in people with chronic respiratory disorders. The doctor would choose the right compound depending on the presenting symptoms. Some of the commonly used compounds are listed below:

  1. Bryonia: In people with dry hacking cough and rusty sputum, this is useful. The symptoms are aggravated by any sort of motion and warm temperatures.
  2. Rumex: In people with dry/stringy cough, which is increased in cold temperatures and by talking, this medicine proves useful.
  3. Kali Bichromicum: Where the patient has yellow, sticky mucous which is worse in the morning, this compound is effective.
  4. Aconite: It is very useful in treating bronchitis, where there is frequent sneezing, restlessness, coryza-like symptoms or excessive perspiration. Its uniqueness is that it prevents development of a full-fledged bronchitis.
  5. Belladonna: This is useful in patients with bronchitis who have violent fever and distressing cough that is worse with lying down and at night. The coughing spells are dry and short with irregular breathing. There is also fullness in the chest with no pain, though children might cry with this fullness. There is increased drowsiness where patients sometimes doze off into a semiconscious state.
  6. Sulphur: It is very useful in people with chronic bronchitis, where the patient has significant rales (sounds due to air movement within the bronchi). This is accompanied by mucous that is thick and can contain pus. The patient could also suffer from bouts of suffocation.
  7. Bacillinum: It is widely used in people who tend to catch cold easily. The mucous membranes are highly irritated and the patient feels very congested.

Other useful compounds include Phosphorus, Mercurius, Antimonium tartaricum, Rumex, Puslatilla, Ipea, Chelidonium and Sulphur. As noted, with homeopathic compounds, the right compound is determined by multiple factors including the stage at which the infection is at the time of presentation, nature of the cough, type of mucus, aggravating or relieving factors, presence of a cold, overall health status, habits, etc. The doctor will identify the right compound for you after checking these, so you are advised not to self medicate. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sports Injuries

MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Mumbai
Sports Injuries

Who does not like to play sports? We all do right. Playing  sports makes us more alert, makes us physically active and super cool. Sports involves lot of physical activity and thus is highly prone area for injuries. Sports injuries varies from one sport to other sport. Excessive swelling can affect the motion and interrupt the natural healing process. Some common injuries may take several months to heal, even after good treatment. If the injury is severe, the entire muscle including tendon and ligament is torn away you may need an urgent surgery. We have the best orthopedic surgeon  and medical experts  in AXIS Hospital where you can get rid of your pain.

Some of the common injuries which occurs while playing sports can be sprains and strains, knee injuries, pain along the sheen bone, fractures some times multiple, swollen muscles, tendon or ligament injuries and sometimes may also cause dislocations specially ball-socket (Knee, Hip and Shoulder Joints) and many more injuries which may need orthopedic treatments. Injuries are those which we cannot avoid, we only have to cure it. Some injuries take longer time to heal like fractures or knee injuries. Knee Injuries may also need knee replacement surgery and quick medical consultation so that the treatment starts quickly and hence can expect faster recovery.

Swelling is the normal response to all such kind of injuries.  If you are  injured you  must take care, so that you will  heal quickly. You should protect yourself from getting injured in future. Complete rest should be taken and all the physical activities must be restricted. Ice treatment is the most beneficial treatment, as it slows the inflammation and swelling after the injury, ice packs also helps in numbing the sore tissues.  It also reduce the nerve impulses in the area. Ice packs  also decrease the tissue damage. Compression with elastic bandage will help reduce swelling. You should also see that one elevate the injured area. Elevating the injured area above the heart level  will also lessen the swelling. Injuries have to be treated well so that you can play your favorite sport again with a bang!

In day to day life no one has enough time to look after the injuries. We cannot stop them we can definitely  avoid them . Listed below are the few steps we can take:

  • Do your warm-up exercises (any people avoid)
  • Run on the grounds, avoid tar roads.
  • Run on the flat surfaces .
  • Do your stretches before and after your activity.
  • While jumping, make sure you land up keeping your knees bend.
  • Check your physical health before playing.
  • Avoid overdoing it .
  • Be mentally happy.

 

 

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