Vicks Medinite Syrup

Uses, Side-effects, Reviews, and Precautions

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What is Vicks Medinite?

Vicks Medinite Syrup is used for Cold, Headache, Toothache, Ear pain, Joint pain, Periods pain and other conditions. Vicks Medinite Syrup may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Vicks Medinite Syrup contains Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide, Doxylamine Succinate, Ephedrine Sulphate and Paracetamol as active ingredients.
Vicks Medinite Syrup works by increasing the pain threshold and increases the blood flow across the skin, heat loss and sweating; stimulating alpha- and beta-adrenergic receptors; affecting the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex; blocking the effects of the chemical histamine and few others in the body;
Procter And Gamble manufactures Vicks Medinite Syrup.
Detailed information related to Vicks Medinite Syrup's uses, composition, dosage, side effects and reviews is listed below.

Vicks Medinite Syrup Uses

Vicks Medinite Syrup is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
References: 1, 2, 3
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Vicks Medinite Syrup Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Vicks Medinite Syrup improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:
References: 2, 4, 5

Vicks Medinite Syrup - Composition and Active Ingredients

Vicks Medinite Syrup is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)
Please note that this medicine may be available in various strengths for each active ingredient listed above.

Vicks Medinite Syrup - Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Vicks Medinite Syrup. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
  • Feeling of sickness
  • Skin reddening
  • Allergic reactions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen facial features
  • Liver damage
  • Vicks Medinite Syrup may also cause side-effects not listed here.
If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority.
References: 2, 4, 6
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Vicks Medinite Syrup - Precautions & How to Use

Before using Vicks Medinite Syrup, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
  • Asthma
  • Avoid using it if allergic to paracetamol
  • Blocking of airflow to the lungs
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic bronchitis
References: 6, 6

Vicks Medinite Syrup - Drug Interactions

If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Vicks Medinite Syrup may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Vicks Medinite Syrup may interact with the following drugs and products:
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Aspirin
  • Bethanidine
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Cyclopropane
References: 2, 6
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Vicks Medinite Syrup - Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Vicks Medinite Syrup is a contraindication. In addition, Vicks Medinite Syrup should not be used if you have the following conditions:
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Children less than 6 years of age
  • Hepatic impairment
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Hypersensitivity to dextromethorphan
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
References: 2, 6
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Where to Buy Vicks Medinite Syrup

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Vicks Medinite Syrup - Frequently asked Questions

  • Is Vicks Medinite Syrup safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
    • Paracetamol: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    • Ephedrine Sulphate: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    • Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    • Doxylamine Succinate: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    References: 2 6
  • Is Vicks Medinite Syrup safe while breastfeeding?
    • Paracetamol: Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
    • Ephedrine Sulphate: No
    • Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide: Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
    • Doxylamine Succinate: Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
    References: 2 6
  • Can Vicks Medinite Syrup be used for cold and headache?
    Yes, cold and headache are among the most common reported uses for Vicks Medinite Syrup. Please do not use Vicks Medinite Syrup for cold and headache without consulting first with your doctor. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as common uses for Vicks Medinite Syrup.
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
    If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Vicks Medinite Syrup medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Vicks Medinite Syrup. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
  • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
    Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
  • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
    Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

Other important Information on Vicks Medinite Syrup

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
References: 7, 8, 9, 10

Overdosage of Vicks Medinite Syrup

  • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Vicks Medinite Syrup, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
  • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
  • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
References: 11, 12, 13

Storage of Vicks Medinite Syrup

  • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Vicks Medinite Syrup.
References: 14, 15, 16, 17

Expired Vicks Medinite Syrup

  • Taking a single dose of expired Vicks Medinite Syrup is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
References: 18, 19

Dosage Information

Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

Questions - Vicks Medinite Syrup

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Vicks Medinite Syrup - Packages and Strengths

Vicks Medinite Syrup is available in the following packages and strengths
Vicks Medinite Syrup - Packages: 180

Vicks Medinite Syrup - Manufacturers

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Vicks Medinite Syrup - Demographic Information


  1. DailyMed LABEL: ACETAMINOPHEN - acetaminophen tablet, coated - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  2. DailyMed LABEL: EPHEDRINE SULFATE- ephedrine sulfate injection - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  3. Weber OW, Heveran JE. Automated, simultaneous determination of dextromethorphan hydrobromide, hyceryl guaiacolate, and phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride in cough syrups. J Pharm Sci. 1973 Jul;62(7): 1174-7. PMID 4714127
  4. Pubchem Acetaminophen - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  5. Chou DT, Wang SC. Studies on the localization of central cough mechanism; site of action of antitussive drugs. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1975 Sep;194(3):499-505. PMID: 1159627
  6. MedLinePlus. Dextromethorphan. - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  7. - Accessed: July 14, 2016.
  8. - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  9. Cancer.Net (2014). - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  10. Schachter, S.C., Shafer, P. O. &; Sirven, J.I. (2013). - Accessed: May 28, 2016.
  11. National Institute of Drug Abuse (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  12. eMedicinehealth (2016). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 12, 2011. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  15. The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  16. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. December 24, 2013. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  17. World Health Organization: - Accessed: July 1, 2016.
  18. Lyon, R. C., Taylor, J. S., Porter, D. A., et al. (2006) Stability profiles of drug products extended beyond labeled expiration dates. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences; 95:1549-60 - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  19. Harvard Medical School (2016). - Accessed: May 1, 2016.

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