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Q. How long should I continue Levocet M for itchy throat?

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Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 09, 2018 and last reviewed on: Sep 10, 2020

Hi doctor,

I had a problem of nose block and my ENT surgeon suggested me to go for a nose operation. As per doctor instruction, operation of my nose was carried out before three months. Now my nose is almost fine, but still I feel that something is there in my throat. I also feel itchy throat and every 10 minutes I need to make a sound to get relief of this itching. After nose operation, my ENT surgeon suggested Levocet M for my throat problem. He advised me to take daily one tablet at night for six months and slowly throat problem will be cured. I am taking Levocet M for the last three months, but still my throat problem remains the same. Please suggest me whether should I continue or stop this tablet. Is there any side effect if I am taking this medicine for a long time? Please suggest me what should I do. Will you recommend me to take any other medicine?

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your symptoms seem to suggest that you are suffering from allergy. Levocet M (Levocetirizine and Montelukast) is given for the same purpose.

It is true that the medicine should be taken for a few months regularly. It has minimal side effects, like dryness of mouth, drowsiness and daytime sleepiness. It is advised that you take Levocet M in the night and avoid driving after taking the medicine.

Ideally, I would like to see your nose using nasendoscopy, which is an office procedure. Also, I would like to know more details about the surgery that was done. If you have the papers, then you may please scan the same to me in a query as this will let us diagnose your current condition.

  • For allergies, we also suggest nasal spray, like Metaspray (Mometasone) or Flomist (Fluticasone). Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the treatment with consent.
  • These sprays are taken in the morning and in the evening, two puffs in each nostril for about two weeks and thereafter the dose is reduced and stopped after a month or two.
  • I advice you to take the following blood test as well, serum total IgE. This will give an indication about the allergy status and we can investigate further to know which allergens cause allergy in you.

For further information consult an ENT otolaryngologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/ENT-Otolaryngologist


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