Erespal is a modern drug used to treat cough that occurs during various inflammatory processes and infections in the airways. Cough is one of the most unpleasant consequences of colds and the flu. And although by nature it is one of the defense mechanisms that help the body fight infection, it does not get any easier. Often, cough is accompanied by spasm of the bronchi and a violation of their patency (bronchoconstriction). Coughing is especially dangerous for small children, to whom he delivers great suffering.
Description of Erespal
The main component of the drug is – fenspiride hydrochloride. This substance has a triple effect on the body. First, it reduces inflammation. Secondly, it acts on histamine receptors and thereby blocks the production of mucus in the bronchi. Thirdly, it has an antispasmodic effect. Therefore, the use of Erespal contribute to the expansion of the bronchi.
The principle of the drug is fundamentally different from the principle of the action of other antitussive drugs. They are divided into two large groups. Some of them affect the so-called dry cough, that is, cough without the formation of sputum. Others contribute to the dilution of this sputum, and its removal from the body.
Erespal does not belong to any of these groups. But this does not prevent him from having high efficiency. The reason is that the drug fights not so much the effects of inflammation, as it suppresses the mechanism of its occurrence. In addition, fenspirid suppresses the cough reflex without affecting the corresponding center of the brain.
One of the advantages of the drug is that it can be useful in viral respiratory infections (ARVI), in which antibiotics do not work. This is achieved due to the fact that it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.
Most of the drug is excreted through the kidneys, and about one-tenth through the intestines.
Indications for use:
- bronchial asthma
- whooping cough
- otitis media
A natural question arises, can Erespal serve as a substitute for treating the body with antibiotics? Of course no. Erespal is mainly an antitussive and cannot be the only treatment for infectious diseases.
Forms of release and composition
The drug is available in two dosage forms: tablets with a dosage of 80 mg and Erespal for children in the form of a syrup in 150 ml bottles. Each drug box contains detailed instructions that should be read carefully.
Fenspiride hydrochloride is a rather bitter substance. Therefore, the syrup contains many sweeteners and flavors so that children take the medicine with pleasure.
Composition of the tablet:
- calcium phosphate disubstituted
- colloidal anhydrous silicon
- magnesium stearate
- titanium dioxide
- Macrogol 6000
The syrup is sold in 150 ml bottles. 1 ml of syrup contains 2 mg of fenspirid.
Other substances that make up the syrup:
- honey flavor
- licorice root extract
- anise oil
- vanillin extract
- Sunset Yellow S
- methyl parahydroxybenzoate
- propyl parahydroxybenzoate
- potassium sorbate
- distilled water
Erespal is produced by the French pharmaceutical company Servier Laboratory. This is a proven and reliable supplier. However, as in the case of many other imported drugs, the price of the drug may seem too high. In this case, you can search for analogues of the drug containing fenspirid. Such drugs include drugs Fenspirid, Erispirus, Codedestim, Fosidal and some others. However, when selecting an effective medicinal product, one should focus not only on prices, since lower cost preparations may lose in quality. Other antitussive drugs are unlikely to replace Erespal, since they do not have antihistamine and antispasmodic effect.
The drug is sold in pharmacies by prescription. Erespal is stored at room temperature. The shelf life of the tablets is 3 years, the syrup is 2 years.
Erespal, instructions for use
Before taking Erespal, you should read the instructions for use, which supplied the drug. The drug is very well absorbed by the body when taken orally and begins to act after a few hours. For tablets, the therapeutic effect begins to appear after 2-3 hours, for syrup – after an hour. The maximum effect of the drug reaches after 6 hours. In case of overdose, consult a doctor.
Instructions for use of tablets for adults
According to the instructions, you need to take two tablets of 80 mg per day. In case of severe disease, the doctor may increase the frequency of administration up to 3 times a day. The duration of treatment is also determined by the doctor. In most cases, improvement occurs within 2-3 days. According to the instructions of Erespal, the drug is usually taken before meals.
Erespal tablets are intended only for adults. Children under 14 years old are forbidden to take them. For the treatment of children, it is better to use Erespal in the form of a syrup, while observing the instructions.
Instructions for use of syrup for children
The dosage of syrup for children depends on the body weight of the child. It should be chosen so that the daily dose would not exceed 4 mg / kg of weight. Usually, for children weighing less than 10 kg, syrup is prescribed for 2-4 teaspoons per day, and for children heavier than 10 kg – 2-4 tablespoons. Erespal syrup can be taken by children from 2 years of age. A child under 2 years old cannot be given the drug in any form. Adults Erespal syrup should be taken 2-3 tablespoons (45-90 ml) per day.
Contraindications for Erespal
The drug has very few contraindications. First of all, it is not recommended to give the drug to children under 2 years. Secondly, it is the individual intolerance of the active substance and auxiliary components that make up the preparation. Since syrup contains sucrose, it is contraindicated in patients with diabetes. Such patients should take pills.
Interaction with other drugs
If you are taking other antitussive drugs at the same time, you should consult with your doctor. It is not recommended to take Erespal with sedatives and alcohol, because the drug, as an antihistamine, has its own sedative effect, which will enhance the sedative effect of other drugs.
Also in the case of the simultaneous use of Erespal, alcohol and other sedative drugs should be worried about the deterioration of the reaction rate. This should be considered by those who drive vehicles.
The drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy and lactation, because there is no data on its safety for lactating and pregnant women.
Side Effects of Erespal
Occasionally can be observed:
- allergic reactions, nausea, drowsiness and lethargy
- moderate tachycardia
- gastrointestinal disorders
- epigastric pain