Company: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Generic Drug: Ketotifen (Mast Cell Stabilizer).

Indication: Prophylaxis of bronchial asthma to minimize the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. It is also useful in other allergic conditions including rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, and urticaria.

Contraindication: Hypersensitivity to ketotifen, diabetics on oral hypoglycemic drugs and children below 2 years.

Dosage & Administration: Available as Asthafen tablets and Asthafen syrup. Adult: 0.5 to 1 mg at bed time could be increases to 2-4mg in divided doses if required. Children (above 2 years): 1 mg once or twice a day.

Special Precautions:

  • Not indicated to control acute attacks.
  • To be used cautiously in diabetic patients.
  • Avoid driving and machinery operations.
  • To be taken with meal.

Side effects/ Undesired effects/ Adverse drug reactions: Sedation, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, and weight gain.

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2 Responses to Asthafen

  1. mohamed says:

    My doctor has prescribed asthafen syrup for my child since he was 6 months old, with 2.5 two times for two or more months, and now I continue using it under his prescription. Is there any problem for the baby since you said it is not prescribed for children below 2 years?

    Please advise me what to do because my child is suffering this kind of feazing problem whenever the whether changes especially toward the cold whether.

  2. As per standard recommendations, Asthafen should be given to the children above 2 yrs of age. However your treating chest physician is the best judge for your child’s situation.

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