Cholinex (24 Tablets)
Cholinex hard lozenges are a drug to be used during pharyngitis and accompanying pain. It can also be taken during antibiotic therapy in infections of the oral mucosa and throat caused by certain microorganisms. The active substance of the lozenges is choline salicylate, which has a local analgesic effect. In addition, it reduces swelling and congestion of the oropharyngeal mucosa and stimulates salivation, which translates into an anti-inflammatory effect.
The drug is intended for use by adults and children over 12 years of age.
- inflammation of the oral mucosa and throat,
- sore and swollen throat accompanying inflammation,
- as a drug supporting antibiotic therapy in infections of the oral mucosa and throat caused by certain microorganisms.
Active substance: Cholini salicylas
|Each lozenge contains:||150 mg choline salicylas (choline salicylate)|
|1848 mg sucrose|
|1493 mg liquid glucose|
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or according to your doctor or pharmacist’s instructions. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.
The usual dosage of Cholinex for adults and children over 12 years of age:
Suck one lozenge 4 to 6 times a day (a maximum of 6 lozenges a day).
If the sore throat does not improve within 1-2 days, see your doctor.
If you have:
- allergy (hypersensitivity) to the active substance – choline salicylate or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine;
- esophageal varices (due to the risk of haemorrhage),
The drug should not be used during breastfeeding
Cholinex is in the form of a flat cylinder in the form of a glassy-white to pale yellow lozenge with a mint odor. One package contains 24 lozenges.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Rare (affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people, but more than 1 in 10,000 people):
- allergic reactions – redness of the skin and rash, cough, nasal congestion, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, difficulty swallowing or difficulty breathing;
- damage to the gastrointestinal mucosa (abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding).
Very rare (less than 1 in 10,000 people):
- In children under 12 years of age, Rey’s syndrome may develop after oral administration of salicylates, which is manifested by: sudden profuse vomiting, disturbance of consciousness (sleepiness or agitation), coma with convulsions, abnormal breathing (deep inhalation and exhalation), low blood sugar in the blood (called hypoglycaemia), cyanosis, steatosis and enlargement of the liver (found on a biopsy).
If any of the side effects gets serious, or you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Interaction with other drugs
Please tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking or have recently taken, including those obtained without a prescription.
There is a small possibility that the choline salicylate contained in this medicine may have the following interactions:
- weaken the effect of other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
- intensify the effects of sedatives, sleeping pills, antidiabetic and anticoagulants,
- increase the risk of bleeding when administered with steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anticoagulants, fibrinolytics (dissolving clots) or drugs that inhibit platelet aggregation (clumping of platelets).
Warnings and Precautions
Check with your doctor before taking this medicine if you have:
- inflammation of the digestive tract,
- stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer
- bronchial asthma;
- diabetes or a tendency to caries – the drug contains sucrose;
- previously diagnosed intolerance to some sugars – the drug contains glucose;
- if you are going to give the medicine to a child – in children up to 12 years of age, the doctor should decide on the use of the medicine because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
Taking Cholinex with food and drink:
- Cholinex can be used regardless of meals.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility:
- Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine. Cholinex should not be used during pregnancy. Your doctor decides whether to use Cholinex during breastfeeding.
Driving vehicles and operating machinery
- The drug does not affect the ability to drive and use machines.
Cholinex contains glucose and sucrose.
- Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take this medicine. Due to the sugar content, caution is recommended when administering it to people with diabetes and susceptibility to caries.
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