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Heart palpitation after taking medicine without prescription for throat infection,cold,cough. Is it side effect?

Hello I am having throat infection,cold, cough from last 3 days.I took medicine without doctor prescription- The name of tablets are cetirizine hydrochloride(1 tablet ) and cheston cold (2 tablests).Now I am having problem heart palpition.Moreover I am also having constipation problem from long years.Now is this problem due to side effects of medicine or constipation or due to some other reason
Asked On : Wed, 11 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Renu,

It seems like you have over-dosed yourself with the tablets. Palpitations are the common sign of anti-cold and cough medicine like Cheston that contains dextromethorphan.

Constipation seems like a chronic problem lasting for long years.

Stop the medications immediately. Do not take it anymore on your own. Consult a General Physician and get the right dose prescribed based on your weight.

Take rest for some time. Consume plenty of fluids. You should be fine soon.

Constipation has to be evaluated further by a Gastroenterologist.

Hope this helps.

Get well soon.

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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Rajeev Chavda's  Response
Thanks for using the HCM. I am happy to address your questions, Cheston contains acetaminophen; cetirizine hydrochloride; phenylpropanolamine. Pain relievers such as acetaminophen will help with the headaches and body aches associated with the common cold. Acetaminophen are safe when proper dosing is followed. If you are prone to stomach problems, take with a meal since it can cause stomach discomfort. Antihistamines like cetrizine in cold relieve itchy and watering eyes, sneezing, a scratchy throat, and a runny nose. While drowsiness is the most common side effect, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, dry eyes, and feelings of fatigue are also possible. Phenylpropanolamine is a decongestant. It works by constricting (shrinking) blood vessels (veins and arteries) in your body. Constriction of blood vessels in your sinuses, nose, and chest allows drainage of those areas, which decreases congestion. It is used to treat the congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, sinus irritation, and the common cold. But they can also increase blood pressure and your heart rate. Restlessness, insomnia, tremors, and anxiety are possible side effects of decongestant drugs as well. Constipation which seems chronic may not be associated with these medications. Kindly talk to your clinician about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks
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