Diakof is a sugar-free cough syrup that is mainly used to treat dry and cold cough. It is also known to be one of the commonly used asthma medications. It is important to note that since chronic cough is caused as a result of asthma, this medication has the capability of treating the root cause – that is, asthma – as well.
How it works
Diakof contains expectorant and mucolytic properties which enable it to facilitate expectoration and decrease the viscosity of bronchial secretions. The medication’s peripheral antitussive capabilities enable it to reduce irritation related to bronchial mucosa as well. Moreover, the anti-microbial and anti-allergic properties of the drug offer relief from coughs caused due to various causes including asthma, rhinitis and gastroesophageal diseases.
The main functions of the medication are to reduce chronic cough and other complications of asthma. Diakof can treat a condition known as Hyper-responsiveness of the upper airway. This condition occurs due to inflammatory mediator release. Diakof has the ability to reduce these effects by reducing the sensitivity to these conditions.
The medication is mainly consumed in the form of syrup. The dosage of the syrup primarily relies on the severity of the condition, patient’s response to the treatment as well as the patient’s personal health conditions. The dose can also differ according to factors such as age as well. For example, the dosage given to children can differ from the dosage of an adult. If you miss your regular dosage, you must take it as soon as possible. However, if it is time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Remember that taking two doses with a short gap can cause side effects.
Fortunately, there aren’t many side effects for this medication. However, consuming the wrong dose or overdosing can increase the inflammation and deteriorate the condition. For example, in the case of children and teenagers, you must ensure that you measure the dosage accurately, if not, it can cause inflammation and swelling in the face, throat and tongue.
In order to avoid the above mentioned complications, make sure to follow these precautionary methods:
Consult your physician before deciding on the dosage
Measure the dosage accurately through a measuring cup or spoon
Consult your health care provider if you are taking any other medication for asthma or chronic cough
Avoid usage during periods of pregnancy and breastfeeding
Check the ingredients used for the syrup and ensure that you are not allergic to them
Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages since it not only worsens the condition but also makes the medication ineffective
Sometimes, the medication has a tendency to worsen the condition – especially if the individual uses the incorrect dosage or consumes the medication according to the wrong schedule. Therefore, it is best to consult your healthcare provider and decide on the right dosage.
If you think that this medication is not sufficient enough to treat your condition, you can use it with a combination of other asthma medication. However, you have to ensure that it will not react to other ingredients of the other medications in a negative way.