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3 common medicines for cough, cold and pain are under scrutiny, do you also take these?

Cold Cough Medicines: Three common medicines often used for cough, cold and pain are under investigation. In such a situation, if you also take these medicines then be careful. In fact, the Central Drug Regulator has ordered a fresh trial on the safety and effectiveness of two cold and cough medicines and one pain medicine which have been in use for 30 years. If you also take these medicines when you have a little cold or pain, then know the names of these medicines here and read the full news…

There will be fresh trial of medicines for cold, cough and pain

Among the medicines for which fresh trials have been said, medicines include paracetamol (antipyretic), phenylephrine hydrochloride (medicine for nasal cold and cough) and caffeine anhydrous (caffeine). The second contains caffeine anhydrous, paracetamol, hydrochloride (sodium) and chlorpheniramine maleate (allergy medicine). The Central Drug Regulatory Authority (CDSCO) has advised post-marketing surveillance to collect safety and efficacy data on the third FDC. It belongs to other pain relieving medicines, called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It contains paracetamol, propyphenazone (an analgesic and antipyretic) and caffeine.

Rules regarding pain medicine

Regarding painkillers, it has been said that the manufacturing and marketing of FDC for mild to moderate headache has to be continued with the condition that it should not be taken for more than 5 to 7 days. Let us tell you that the instructions of CDSCO are based on some advices. An expert committee was constituted in 2021 to examine some pre-1988 FDCs, which were given fresh manufacturing approval for sale without approval from the licensing authority.

How good is FDC for health?

FDC i.e. Fixed Dose Combination is justified for its effectiveness, less side effects and reducing the burden of medicines. In an editorial in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Dr YK Gupta and Dr Suganti S Ramachandra, former Chairman of Pharmacology at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), categorized the FDCs available in the country as ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. Is divided into. Good FDCs are described as strong people. Such as combination of carbidopa, levodopa, sulfonamides and trimethoprim. ‘Bad FDC’ included those which were mainly prepared for marketing and have no medical use. While those were included in the ‘Ugly FDC’, which, like the cough syrup formulation, has neither any evidence nor any theoretical significance. These include a decongestant, bronchodilator, cough suppressant, expectorant and antifungal, antibiotic, steroid and occasional local anesthetic along with two or more antihistamines.

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