Intunal Forte is an over-the-counter tablet medicine for relieving flu symptoms, including fever, headache, nasal congestion, and sneezing with coughing.
Intunal Forte tablets contain Paracetamol (Acetaminophen), Dexchlorpheniramine maleate (CTM), Guaifenesin or Glyceryl Guaiacolate (GG), Dextromethorphan HBr, and Phenylpropanolamine.
Ingredients of Intunal
Each Intunal Forte tablet contains:
- 50 mg of Paracetamol (Acetaminophen), which is an active substance that works to reduce fever and relieve pain that you can get without a doctor’s prescription.
- 2 mg of Dexchlorpheniramine maleate (CTM), which is an active substance to treat allergic symptoms, such as rhinitis and urticaria. This substance belongs to the first generation of antihistamines with a low sedative effect.
- 50 mg of Guaifenesin or Glyceryl Guaiacolate (GG), which is a medicine that works by increasing the volume and reducing the viscosity of mucus in the trachea and bronchi–making the phlegm easier to cough out.
- 15 mg of Dextromethorphan HBr, which is an active substance that can be used for suppressing cough–especially coughs triggered by mild throat and bronchial irritations. It is in the morphinan class of medications with sedative, dissociative, and stimulant properties.
- 15 mg of Phenylpropanolamine, which is an active substance that functions as a stimulant and nasal decongestant. This substance helps treat cold symptoms and nasal congestion.
Intunal Dosage Considerations
Do not change the dose without your doctor’s approval. Here’s the recommended dosage for intunal:
- Dosage for adults: 1 to 2 tablets, three to four times a day,
- Dosage for children: ½ tablet, three to four times a day,
Guidelines for Intunal
Use Intunal as exactly directed by your doctor or read the instructions on the product package. Here’s how to use the medicine:
- Take Intunal as directed by your doctor or follow the directions on the drug package. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more details.
- Take each dose of Intunal with a full glass of water.
- Never take more doses than the doctor prescribes. Taking too much of Intunal may lead to the risk of serious side effects.
- Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and only take the next scheduled dose. Do not take double up the dose.
- If you also have a high fever or if the disease does not improve within 7 days, you should check with your doctor.
- Store the Intunal at room temperature.
- Seek emergency medical help if you have an overdose. Symptoms of overdose may include extreme fatigue, sweating, dizziness, slow heartbeat, and coma.
What is Intunal Used for
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system. It is known as the flu, but it is not the same as the stomach flu viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.
At first, the flu may be characterized by a runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat. However, cold symptoms usually develop gradually, whereas the flu symptoms tend to appear suddenly. Cold may be irritating enough, but the flu may make your condition feel worse.
Intunal can be used to provide relief for flu symptoms, including:
- Nasal congestion
- Sneezing and coughing
Contraindications for Intunal
Before taking any medications that contain acetaminophen, let your doctor or pharmacist know if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
In addition to prior use of this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, particularly if you are pregnant, have liver disease, or regularly consume alcohol.
Liquid products, chewable tablets, or dissolving tablets may contain sugar or aspartame. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this medicine, especially if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or other conditions that require you to limit or avoid these substances.
Before using Intunal, pay attention to the following precautions:
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to Intunal; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
- Inform your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history.
- Be careful when driving, operating machinery, or doing other hazardous activities. This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid these activities during treatment with Intunal.
Drug interactions can change how medications work or increase the risk of serious side effects. Share with your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are currently taking, including prescription or nonprescription medications and herbal products. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medication without your doctor’s approval.
One of the vital ingredients of Intunal is paracetamol. Paracetamol may interact with ketoconazole. This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing invalid test results. Make sure your doctor or healthcare provider know that you are taking this medicine.
Apart from paracetamol, Intunal also contains Phenylpropanolamine which has the potential to increase the risk of hypertension when used with indomethacin and the risk of psychosis with amantadine.
Discontinuation of the MAOI may increase the risk of a potentially hypertensive crisis within 14 days. It may also increase the risk of severe hypertension and complications with bromocriptine.
List of Intunal Side Effects
Side effects of Intunal may be due to combined use with other drugs, the dosage taken,the patient’s sensitivity to the drug, or the manufacturer of the drug. Some of the common side effects of Intunal are:
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Epileptic seizures (high dose)
Paracetamol contains an active ingredient called acetaminophen. Check with your doctor promptly if any of the following side effects occur:
- Sore throat
- Decreased urine output
- Bloody or dark-colored stools
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Rash and itchy skin
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Fever with or without chills
- Red spots on the skin
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Unusual fatigue or weakness
- Sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- Lower back pain
Adverse drug effects attributed to an overdose of phenylpropanolamine are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abnormally fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Rapid, shallow breathing
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