Information on Lemsip
Lemsip is a medication that is commonly used for the treatment of common cold and flu. It comes in different flavors such as blackcurrant, lemon, menthol and a combination of hot orange and wild berry. All different flavors contain phenylephrine and paracetamol. Paracetamol is very efficient in relieving fever and pain due to the reduced production of prostaglandins in the spinal cord and the brain.
The prostaglandins are commonly produced by the human body as a response to certain medical conditions. It causes pain and sensitizes the nerve endings. Paracetamol also affects the part of the brain which is in charge of the regulation of body temperature. Paracetamol is also beneficial in relieving sore throats and numerous different body aches.
Phenylephrine is a decongestant and it affects the alpha receptors located in the blood vessels that line the sinuses and nasal passages. It is efficient in increasing the blood flow into those linings, reducing the mucus production and the congestion which relieve blocked nasal passages.
Lemsip should not be mixed with any other medications that contain paracetamol because it may trigger a paracetamol overdose which is a very dangerous medical condition. It can damage the kidneys and the liver. Alcohol consumption should also be avoided as much as possible.
All medications can sometimes trigger certain minor or severe side effects, but that does not necessarily mean that they can occur in every person. Each person may experience different side effects in a different manner or no side effects at all.
Some of the side effects affiliated with lemsip may or may not include increase in blood pressure, skin rashes, increased heart rate, difficulty passing urine, difficulty sleeping, tremor, restlessness, and anxiety. Lemsip can also interfere with other medications and it can trigger certain side effects or affect the efficacy of those other medications.
One must always make sure that multiple medications taken at once are a safe combination. Other painkillers and flu remedies should be avoided because they also contain paracetamol. As it is stated above, it may lead to a paracetamol overdose. People who use or have used monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants must not use lemsip because it can lead to a very dangerous medical condition called hypertensive crisis.
A similar situation may occur if lemsip gets mixed with beta-blockers, amphetamine based stimulants, decongestants, appetite suppressants or tricyclic antidepressants. It may also affect the efficacy of warfarin or other similar medications.