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Whenever i have cold, i take a tablet of celestamine. will this help?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Not a good idea: It appears that this is a combination of cortisone and an antihistamine- neither of which has shown effectiveness for cold. The cortisone may even reduce your defense against the virus but likely very minimally. The older antihistamine does have a drying effect which may reduce the runny nose but also tends to make you sleepy. If you must, take only an antihistamine.
Dr. Kaleyathodi Bhat
Allergy and Immunology 53 years experience
No steroid for cold: celestaramine has betamethasone and dexclorphenamine. Betamethasone is a steroid. You do not need steroid to treat common cold. It is an overkill. The other ingredient, dexclorphenamine is an anti histamine. It is OK.
Dr. Michael Grosso
undefined 41 years experience
I would go a step further. Antihistamines may reduce nasal discharge, but do not decrease the duration of a cold and in theory could predispose to sinusitis by impairing drainage. No clinical guideline (at least in my field of Pediatrics) recommends any of the following: antibiotics, steroids, decongestants, antihistamines or cough suppressants. Extra fluids are a good idea.
Jun 27, 2015

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