Q. I had Levocet M for frequent cold problem. How long can I continue this medicine?

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Dr. Sandhya
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 11, 2020
I always have problems with frequent cold. From lockdown time, I have been doing pranayama and had no problem. I used to have wheezing ocassionally but that is under control. From the past few months since the weather changed, I have been getting frequent colds. I have been taking Septillin syrup for nearly six months. It is not helping now. I tried Chyawanprash to improve immunity but it didn't help. I get nose blocks, and running nose early morning sometimes with sneezing. This problem keeps coming on and off. Doctor prescribed Levocet M. I took it first for 10 days. As long as I take the medicine i am fine. A few days after stopping the medicine again the symptoms starts. The doctor has asked to take again for ten more days. I have had a COVID test done and tested negative. Shall I continue Levocet M? How long can I take it without side effects. I once experienced severe heartburn at night after taking this medicine. Can you please suggest what I can do?

Hello, Welcome to icliniq.

As per the history you have provided, you are having Allergic Rhinitis. It usually affects people with previous underlying allergic problems and those with asthmatic history as well. For some people, it is triggered by atmospheric pollutants mostly unknown and would vary in intensity when you are are different places depending on the amount or type of atmospheric pollutants present. Most people experience nasal congestion, followed by paroxysms of cough in the morning.

As of now,

1. Kindly continue with Levocet M as it is very effective and can be used for long term.

2. You may start using Duonase nasal spray. Insert the nozzle deep into each nostril and tilt it towards the centre or septum of the nose on each side and spray twice on each side. Do this only at night. And continue doing it for the next 4 weeks.

3. Clean your room and house with a wet mop instead of dry brushing as the dust might linger in the air for a long time.

4. Avoid cold weather, cold food and drinks. Try to keep warm

Kindly follow the above advice and follow up after a month. Stay healthy, happy and safe.

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