Anti cold medicine Cheston cold

Anti cold medicine Cheston cold

Name of medicineCheston cold
Phenylephrine hydrochloride
CategoryMedicine for cold
Prescription needed or notAvailable over the counter.Use after consultation with a doctor as incorrect use and use for an extended period may cause undesired effects.
Mechanism of actionAntihistaminic and antipyretic and nasal decongestant
Given in formTablet, syrup form
Given by routeOrally
IndicationsCommon coldRunning noseAllergic rhinitis
Side effectsDecreased alertnessDrowsinessSleepinessDizziness ConfusionRestlessnessFeeling of tirednessDry mouthDiarrheaVomiting
Use in pregnancyNot considered safe during pregnancy. Use only after consulting your doctor.
DoseTake only after consulting your doctor.Dose depends on your age and weight and other associated conditions.For adults without comorbidities, a dose of tablet is 1 tablet 3-4 times a day.
Some other brand namesOkacet cold

Category of this medicine

Chrston cold is a brand of drug used as anti cold medicine. It is a combination medicine and contains paracetamol, cetirizine and phenylephrine.

Mechanism of action of Cheston cold

This medicine is an anti cold medicine to treat cold and running nose. It does so by antihistamine action. Histamine is a main chemical that is abnormally secreted by immunity producing allergic reaction symptoms.

Additionally this medicine has paracetamol that treats fatigue and body pain and headache.

This medicine also contains nasal decongestant called phenylephrine which constricts the nasal mucosal vessels and also reduces nasal congestion relieving stuffy nose.

How to get this medicine?

This medicine Cheston cold is available widely across the world. It is available as over the counter medicine in many countries.

You can use this medicine for cold and itching in allergies. It is good to use medicines after consulting your doctor as all people may not tolerate or need this medicine.

Used in incorrect doses and for wrong purposes this medicine may not work or can cause unwanted effects on you.

How is this medicine available?

This medicine is available as tablets, syrup form. According to your age and weight you will need to take appropriate form of this medicine.

Route of administration

This medicine is available as tablets, syrups form and it should be given orally. It should never be given by injection.

What are indications to use Cheston cold?

Cheston cold is used for following purpose:

  • For cold-cough: Being antihistamine medicine Cheston cold is very useful for cold and cough. It reduces running, itchy and blocked nose. It also reduces itchy sensation and congestion of eyes.

Side effects of Cheston cold:

Like other antihistamines this medicine Cheston cold has some side effects. In some people it may cause following side effects:

  • Drowsiness: You may feel drowsy after taking medicine. It generally causes drowsiness that is lesser than previous old generation medicines.
  • Sleepiness: Though less commonly it causes sleepiness and tendency of increased sleep in some people.
  • Decrease capacity to think: This medicine causing drowsiness may reduce your thinking ability.
  • Confusion: Above all side effects can cause confusion in your mind and reduce the capacity to work.
  • Restlessness: In very few people instead of drowsiness this medicine may cause restlessness.
  • Dry mouth: Old generation antihistamines had anticholinergic effects and were causing dryness of mouth. This medicine though less probably may cause similar dryness of mouth in some people.
  • Feeling of tiredness: You may feel tired after taking this medicine.
  • Dizziness: In some people this medicine may cause dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Gastrointestinal side effects: This medicine in few people can cause nausea and vomiting and diarrhea.
  • If you have hypertension that is not controlled properly this medicine may worsen your condition.
  • Taken in excessive doses you may get toxicity and serious side effects like stroke.

These are few common side effects as above. There may be few rare side effects apart from these all.

Use in pregnancy 

This medicine is not considered safe to use in pregnancy, but in such conditions you should always consult your doctor before using it.

As a Combination medicine containing phenylephrine combination this medicine should be avoided in pregnancy unless suggested by your doctor..

Other Common brand names

This is a cheaper medicine for colds. Other brands like Okacet cold, Solvin cold, can be used.


As described in above table, this medicine is useful in doses as follows:

Take only after consulting your doctor.

Dose depends on your age and weight and other associated conditions.

For adults without comorbidities, a dose of tablet is 1 tablet 3-4 times a day.

The dosing may defer as assessed by your doctor. This dosing may not be applicable to all. You should consider consultation with your doctor or meet us in person for further advice.

Precautions with Cheston cold

You need to take following precautions while taking this medicine:

  • Tell your doctor about all your illness you are suffering now.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any allergy.
  • Meet your doctor with your previous medical record.
  • Do not drive a vehicle after taking this medicine.
  • Do not work at a dangerous place after taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are on other medicines.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any kidney or liver disease, thyroid disease or diabetes and hypertension.
  • Keep medicines away from children.
  • Do not use expired medicines.

Interactions with other drugs

Do not consume alcohol if you are using this drug. Alcohol with this drug can cause severe central nervous system depression. Tell your doctor if you are using alcohol.

Other drugs causing sleep and other psychiatric medicines may cause interaction with this drug. You should tell your doctor if you are on those drugs.

These are some common drug interactions and there are many more. For detailed advice you should visit your doctor or meet us in person.

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