Drixoral is an over the counter medicine that is use to treat certain allergy. It has been found to lead to conditions like cold, itchy and watery eyes, running nose, nasal congestion, sinus and frequent sneezing. Most commonly it is used against cold and sinus. Drixoral contains 6mg of Dexbrompheniramine Maleate and 120mg of Pseudoephedrine Sulfate. Other ingredients in the medicine are calcium sulfate, butylparaben, mag, lactose and gelatin.
How does Drixoral work?
Drixoral is an antihistamine and decongestant drug. The Dexbrompheniramine in the drug reduces the histamine in the body. Pseudoephedrine shrinks the blood vessels in the nasal passage. Histamine is an enzyme that stimulates secretion of certain gastric juices. It also dilates capillaries, helps in construction for smooth muscles found in bronchia and suppressors blood pressure. It is also known to cause allergic reactions in human. By suppressing the working of histamine, Drixoral helps fight the cold and allergy caused due to it.
Drixoral should be taken as instructed on the label or as prescribed by your doctor. It is very dangerous to use in children of smaller age and pregnant women as it may cause severe damage to the fetus. It is no prescribed for over a week as it is known to have its side effects if used for long. It is needed to be taken as required
Side Effects of Drixoral
Drixoral is known to cause following side effects
1. It increased the reaction time of the brain and temporarily impairs thinking ability 2. It may cause excessive sleepiness if you take sleeping pills, pain killers, muscle relaxers or if you are a patient of seizures, depression or anxiety. 3. It increases heartbeat and uneasiness. It also causes hallucinations, abnormal thoughts and behavior 4. If not taken as advised it may cause fever, shivering, chills, weakness or less urination. 5. It also causes mild symptoms like blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and constipation 6. Insomnia, aggravated excitation, skin rashes, itching, drowsiness, tinnitus and problems with concentration
Follow below precautions during Drixoral medication.
Do not use Drixoral if you have used any of the MAO inhibitors in past 14 days. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine. It is not to be given to very young children. Make sure you let your let your doctor know before starting with Drixoral if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or lactating mother. Do not drink alcoholic drinks as they tend to aggravate the side effects that Drixoral is known to cause. Though it is an over the counter medication it is always safe to consult a doctor first as it may work in a different way if there are other chemicals in the body due to ongoing medication. Make sure you let your doctor know if you have renal disorder, diabetes, glaucoma, hypertension, thyroid, prostate or urinary tract infections. Do not take Drixoral if you are to drive, work or do any other activity that required sharp attention
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