THE rains have come, thanks God. The weather bureau says the rains have come prematurely, stating officially that the wet season starts June 20. Whatever, those afternoon rains have been a welcome treat to Baguio folks whose withering plants need that much water, and of course the bonus of cooling the night that follows the still smoldering heat of late summer. As they say, if the rains come, can colds be far behind?
Indeed, the microbes, particularly the viruses would again have a holiday of some sorts- the rhinovirus, the para influenzae virus, the respiratory syncitial viruses- would be in our midst and before we know it, everyone would be having some sore throat, a little cough, rhinorrhea or coryza- excessive nasal discharge- and sneezing which all the more spread and distribute the virus.
Aside from the usual water therapy and now all too-familiar-but-still-effective mothers' remedy of eating fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamin C, decongestants are the medicines your family physician is most likely to give, aside from either the aspirin or the paracetamol to lower the fever and ease the muscle and joint pains that come with the flu-like signs and symptoms of a common cold. The person with colds is able to breathe through his/her nose as a result of the VASOCONSTRICTION of the blood vessels in the nasal cavity thereby ‘decongesting’ the passageway. This is done by the various ingredients of cold medicines among which are the PPA or phenylpropanolamine, phenylephrine. There are also nasal sprays. A closer look at all these remedies show some affinity to the hormones Nor-epinephrine and adrenaline, which are known to increase blood pressure by their ability to increase heart rate, and induce vasoconstriction in blood vessels especially of the arteries. Thus, the bottom line is, if the person who has colds is also someone who is hypertensive or with a heart disease, these cold medicines could raise their blood pressure that might just lead to a stroke or a myocardial infarction or heart attack.
Sinupret is a cold medicine which claims to bring relief and easy nose breathing to patients, claiming further that it does not cause cardiovascular side effects by virtue of its components Gentianae radix, Primulae flos, Sambuci flos, Rumicus herba and Verbenae herba. Yes dear readers, the name of its many components divulged its nature- Sinupret is sourced from herbs and plants. The therapeutic indication is acute and chronic inflammation of the sinuses and the respiratory tract- the nose being the first part of the system. In cases where antibacterial drugs are given, Sinupret is added as supplementary medicine.
Sinupret comes in dragees form and is given to adults and children of school age. Side effects range from stomach ache, nausea and hypersensitivity reactions. Special precautions are given to patients with fructose and lactose intolerance, lactase deficiency and those with glucose-galactose mal-absorption disease which are rare hereditary disorders.
Sinupret might just be the medicine that could be given to patients suffering from the discomfort of colds who are also afflicted with chronic cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease. Notwithstanding its unique components and its sterling therapeutic advantage over the traditional cold remedies, talk with your family doctor if Sinupret is good for you.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 22, 2016.
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