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Okacet Cold tablet is generally prescribed in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy, swelling, and watery eyes, etc. This medicine is also used in the treatment of fever, mild to moderate pains and nasal congestion. However, the uses mentioned here are not exhaustive. There may be other conditions for which this medication may be used upon doctor’s discretion.
The active ingredients of Okacet Cold tablet are Cetirizine 5mg, Phenylephrine 10mg, and Paracetamol (also known as Acetaminophen)325mg.
Cetirizine acts by blocking histamines which are produced in the body during allergic reactions. Thus by inhibiting these histamines, allergic reactions are controlled or reduced.
Phenylephrine acts on alpha-adrenergic receptors, thus helps to reduce nasal congestion, allergies, fever and reduces swollen blood vessels in the nasal passage, if any.
Paracetamol (or Acetaminophen) primarily acts as an analgesic and an antipyretic agent. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It produces its analgesic effects by increasing the pain threshold and antipyresis by acting on the hypothalamic heat-regulating center.
Patients with the following conditions are suggested to seek advice from their health care professionals before taking the Okacet Cold tablet:
The following side effects may or may not occur during the usage of Okacet Cold tablet. It is generally well tolerated when taken in the prescribed dosage guidelines. More common ones are generally mild and may include:
Rare but more serious adverse effects may include:
Do not exceed the dose prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the Okacet Cold tablet whole, immediately after opening it from the strip. Do not break/crush/chew/cut the tablet.
Avoid missing or forgetting a dose. If you do, take it as soon as you remember; but if it is almost time for your next dose, skip it and take it according to your normal schedule. Don’t swallow two doses at the same time which may be dangerous to your health.
Take the Okacet Cold tablet either with or without food.
Take the medicine at the prescribed time and dosage.
Avoid taking more than the prescribed dosage. In case of an accidental overdose, promptly seek medical advice. Depending on the dosage, symptoms may vary but you may experience one or more of the following signs or symptoms:
Take the Okacet Cold tablet only on the advice of a medical practitioner. Dosage adjustment or complete avoidance of the medication may be required in the following conditions:
Caution advised among people with renal problems. If you have any, consult your doctor before the consumption of Okacet Cold tablet.
Caution advised among people with hepatic problems. If you have any, consult your doctor before the consumption of Okacet Cold tablet.
Cetirizine: Safety during pregnancy is unknown. Therefore, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (inform before consuming this medicine).
Phenylephrine: Avoid use in the 1st trimester and caution advised in 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
Paracetamol (Acetaminophen): This drug may be used during pregnancy – no known risk of fetal harm based on limited human data.
Cetirizine: Exercise caution – risk of infant harm not expected based on limited human data. Possible risk of CNS depression when used with other antihistamines. Based on prolactin levels, there is a theoretical risk of decreased milk production.
Phenylephrine: Caution advised during breastfeeding – no human data available. However, risk of infant harm not expected based on drug properties. Also, no human data available to evaluate the effects on milk production.
Paracetamol (Acetaminophen): This medicine may be used during breastfeeding – no known risk of infant harm based on human data. However, no human studies are available to estimate effects on milk production.
Drinking alcohol along with Okacet Cold tablet may increase the side effects. Therefore do not consume alcohol during the the coarse of this medicine.
Since consuming this medicine would impair your reactions, do not drive, operate heavy machinery or involve in any works which may demand your attention/physical strength until unless you know how this medication will affect you.
Exercise caution. Therefore, inform your doctor about your list of medication which you start or stop. Especially if you are on below medication:
Cetirizine: Sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, ritonavir or theophylline.
Phenylephrine: May increase the hypertensive effect of beta-blockers (Non-selective), Methyldopa and TCA can increase the pressure response, MAOI potentiate hypertension.
Paracetamol (Acetaminophen): Affected by delayed gastric emptying, analgesic-associated nephropathy, and methemoglobinemia.
Category N: No information available.
It is used to used to relieve mild to moderate pain and to reduce fever.
Paracetamol blocks chemicals that cause pain. It lowers fever by changing the bodys thermostat in the brain.
Take this as directed by your doctor. Do not take more than instructed by your doctor. Never take more than 1000 mg at any one time and no more than 4 times in one day. The dose for a child is different from the adult dose. Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child. It may be taken with or without food. If you need pain relief fast, take it on an empty stomach as food may slow down the absorption. You may stop taking it when you have no more pain or fever. Take it only when you need to.
Upset stomach or throwing up. Harm to the liver may rarely happen.
Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.
Do not take this drug if you had an allergy to this or similar drugs in the past. Do not take it if you have liver or kidney failure.
Seek help if you are having an allergic reaction to the drug. Signs include rash, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, face, tongue; or hives. Symptoms of an overdose may include nausea; vomiting; loss of appetite; sweating; extreme tiredness; unusual bleeding or bruising; pain in the stomach; yellowing of the skin. Contact an emergency centre immediately if you suspect overdose.
Alert your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Non-Opioid Analgesics & Antipyretics
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