What is Citrosan?
Citrosan is a hot, lemon-flavoured drink that helps relieve the symptoms of the cold and flu, such as pain and fever. The active ingredients in this medicine are paracetamol and Vitamin C. Paracetamol is an over-the-counter painkiller that reduces fever. Vitamin C helps boost resistance, which enables the body to get the virus under control and heal faster. Citrosan does not require a prescription and is available in packs with 5, 10 and 15 sachets.
What is Citrosan used for?
Citrosan is used to relieve the symptoms of the cold and flu, such as:
- Sore throat;
- Coughing (tickly coughs or chesty coughs);
- Blocked nose or runny nose;
- Loss of appetite;
- Muscular pain.
The cold and flu are caused by viruses. Citrosan does not heal the cold or flu, but it helps ease symptoms such as pain, fever and other discomforts.
How to use Citrosan
Citrosan is available in powder form. Empty the contents of one sachet into a cup, add half a cup of hot water and stir to dissolve. Add sugar if desired. The hot drink is lemon-flavoured and is most effective in soothing a sore throat if drunk immediately. Do not use this medicine for more than 14 consecutive days without consulting a doctor.
Citrosan contains 500 mg of paracetamol and 50 mg of Vitamin C per sachet. The usual dose is:
- Adults and children aged 15 and above: one to two sachets every four to six hours as necessary, up to a maximum of six sachets in 24 hours.
- Children aged 12 to 15: one sachet every four to six hours as necessary, up to a maximum of four to six sachets in 24 hours.
- Children aged 9 to 12: one sachet every four to six hours as necessary, up to a maximum of three to four sachets in 24 hours.
Always follow the prescribed dosage and read the package leaflet closely before use. Citrosan should be drunk as hot as possible and is therefore not suitable for children under the age of nine.
Like all medicines, Citrosan can cause side effects. Citrosan contains paracetamol, which generally has few side effects. In rare cases, paracetamol may cause skin irritation and red bumps (hives). Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. See the package leaflet for more information on possible side effects.
When not to use Citrosan
Citrosan is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- you are hypersensitive or allergic to paracetamol, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- you are on a sugar-free diet (one sachet of Citrosan contains 3 grams of sugar);
- you are on a salt-free diet (one sachet of Citrosan contains 123 mg of sodium);
Vitamin C may interact with other medicines. See the package leaflet for more information about contraindications and interactions.
Citrosan is safe to use by pregnant and nursing mothers, provided the maximum dose is not exceeded. Citrosan does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.