Maxtra Drops – Side Effects, Dosage and Why is it Prescribed

What is Maxtra Drops

Maxtra drops is a nasal decongestant medicine used for the treatment of a runny nose, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, common cold, hay fever and other conditions.It is manufactured and marketed by Zuventus Healthcare Ltd and is available in the packaging of 10 ml per bottle.

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Maxtra drops come as a tablet, a dissolving strip to take by mouth. It also comes as eye drops and nasal solution.

  1. Generic Medicine in The Drops
  2. Dosage of The Drops
  3. Working Mechanism of This Medicine
  4. Why is This Drop Prescribed?
  5. Possible Side Effects of This Medicine
  6. Precautions While Using The Drops
  7. Using The Drops During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  8. Dosage for Children and Infants
  9. Where to Buy The Drops?
  10. Patients Queries About This Drop?
  11. Reference

Generic Medicine in The Drops

Every 1 ml of Maxtra drops contain following ingredients:

  • Chlorpheniramine Maleate I.P. – 2 mg
  • Phenylephrine Hydrochloride I.P. – 5 mg

Dosage of The Drops

Use this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor or as directed on the label.

For Children under 2 years – Please consult a pediatrician

Children between 2-6 yrs -1 to 1.5 ml (every 12 hours)

For Over 6yrs and adults -2 to 3 ml (every 12 hours)

The maximum period to take this medicine is 7 days straight in a row. Consult your doctor in case symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment.

Working Mechanism of This Medicine

Chlorpheniramine Maleate is an antihistamine, which controls the actions of Histamines in the body. Histamines are naturally produced by our immune system to fight pathogens. Chlorpheniramine maleate is used to treat sneezing, itching, runny nose, coughs, rash, cough, watery eyes caused by allergies and the common cold. All these conditions are results of activities of Histamines.

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride is a decongestant, which shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. It works by decreasing swelling in the nose and reduces discomfort by making it easier to breathe. It is used in the treatment of sinus congestion, stuffy nose, caused by allergies and a common cold.

Why is This Drop Prescribed?

  • Seasonal allergies
  • Common cold
  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Coughs
  • Chill
  • Hypotensive conditions
  • Eye mydriasis
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Intraocular tension
  • Itching of the throat and nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Hay fever

Maxtra drops may also be used for the conditions not listed here.

Contraindications of Maxtra Drops

  • Allergic reaction
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • High Blood pressure
  • Increased Heart rate

Possible Side Effects of This Medicine

Following are the commonly reported side effects of Maxtra drops:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision
  • Unusual weakness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate, Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of mouth, lips, etc.
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion, hallucination
  • Nervousness, Restlessness
  • Chest tightness, chest pain
  • Hypotension
  • Headaches, buzzing in ears, anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • Feeling restless or excited (especially in children)
  • Dry mouth or nose
  • Respiratory depression or difficulty
  • Difficulty while urinating

Precautions While Using The Drops

  • Take this medicine only if prescribed by a qualified doctor
  • Consult your doctor before using this medicine if you have medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, liver or kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorder, enlarged prostate/other urination problem, epilepsy, pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), seizure disorders, aspirin allergy and other conditions.
  • Use with caution in patients suffering from asthma, cough with mucus, cough caused by smoking or chronic bronchitis.
  • Patients with a blockage in stomach or intestine should use this medicine under medical supervision.
  • Consult your doctor before taking this medicine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Use with precaution if the patient is an elderly person or infant.
  • Do not take this medicine if you are taking any other drug which contains Chlorpheniramine.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Maxtra drops, as it may cause drowsiness/dizziness.
  • Smoking may worsen your condition, so the use of tobacco should be avoided.
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Inform your doctor about any allergies, current medication, and pre-existing disease.
  • The dose of this medicine should not be taken more than 2 grams a day.
  • Do not use if the expiry date printed on the pack has passed.
  • Do not flush the medicine down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so.
  • Keep the bottle in cool and dry place, Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Do not store medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

Using The Drops During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

This medicine is classified in the pregnancy category ‘C’ by FDA. This medicine may be unsafe to use during pregnancy or planning to get pregnant. Animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus but there are no adequate studies have been conducted on humans. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Always consult a doctor before administering this medicine to a pregnant woman.

It is not known whether it passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Hence, it is not safe to take Maxtra drops while you are breastfeeding. Take the advice from a doctor if the medicine is suitable for you. Do not use this medicine without your doctor’s advice.

Dosage for Children and Infants

This medicine can be given to children and infants but only under the strict medical supervision of a qualified Doctor.

For children less than 2 years of age, use of chlorpheniramine is contradicted.

Always, consult your doctor before giving this medicine to children. In fact, you should consult a doctor before giving any coughs and cold medicine to a child, as the side effect may worsen the condition of the child.

Where to Buy The Drops?

Maxtra drops is a ‘Prescription-only’ medicine. Though it is readily available in all major drugstores, you will not be able to buy it without a Doctor’s prescription.

Patients Queries About This Drop

At what frequency should I use Maxtra drops?
Maxtra drops should be used twice or thrice daily depending on the current condition. Never use more than the prescribed dose. Please follow your doctor’s instruction.

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