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85 years old, high fever. Taking crocin syrup, allergy problems. Side effects of medication?

my grandmother is 85 years old she has been suffering with fever since a week.Unfortunately she cannot withstand the antibiotics , can we use crocin syrup instead of crocin tablets.Will there be any side effects of using crocin syrup ?The syrup is fruit flavoured will this flavouring trigger the respiratory problems because she is alergetic to orange and other citric fruits.
Asked On : Thu, 22 Nov 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that you are worried about your mother's ailing health condition. Usually, the flavouring in syrups is done using permitted and safe artificial flavours. However, if your grandmother is specifically allergic to orange and citric fruits, then it would be better to use a non-flavoured or a mint-flavoured syrup. Secondly, since most syrups are formulated for children, they will contain a lower strength of the medicine. So, you should also carefully calculate the equivalent dose and give the correct amount of syrup.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Sujoy Khan's  Response
Hello Mounica,
Thank you for writing to us.

Allergy to citrus fruits is a mild form of allergy and not life threatening. This is important to understand as most people synonimise allergy to anaphylaxis and get unnecessarily worried.
The amount of actual allergen in the flavourings in syrups is very little and therefore chances of reacting are very low.
You can safely give her the crocin syrup. But if you do not want to take any chances, keep some chlorphenamine or cetirizine syrup handy if she complains of itching.
Some people take the antihistamine syrup before the actual medication to ensure nothing happens.
This is ok for non-regular medications such as crocin.

Best Wishes.
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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