What should you rely on when choosing a particular drug? First of all, on the advice of a doctor. Yes, not even on recommendations, but on a strict medical prescription. But since both of these drugs are dispensed without a prescription, you can allow a situation where there is no way to visit a doctor, and you need to be treated as quickly and effectively as possible. So what to choose “Sinupret” or “Umkalor”?
As one could understand, despite some similarities in the pharmacological action of these drugs and the fact that they are all aimed at saving the body from otolaryngological diseases, there are fundamental differences. And these differences are in what organ the effect of the drug is directed.
Sinupret is intended primarily for the treatment of diseases associated with the sinuses, so for rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, as well as acute forms of sinus inflammation, in other words, sinusitis, it is worth choosing it.
Umkalor is used primarily for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Therefore, when a person has all the signs of acute or chronic bronchitis, tracheitis or chronic pharyngitis, it is better to use this medication. It can also be used for angina and for the treatment of otitis media.
Diseases of the respiratory system or, in other words, ENT diseases – a very unpleasant thing, and in some cases very dangerous. For treatment, you can use not only strong antibiotics or surgical procedures. Modern pharmacology provides a wide range of practically safe herbal medicines that can help cope with the disease. These drugs include Umkalor and Sinupret. What is better to choose?
Umkalor is a herbal preparation. But it also has antimicrobial and immunomodulatory effects. It is used in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system caused by infection.
The drug has a strong antiviral effect on the body, mucolytic properties are also expressed.
The medicine is based on the root of Pelargonium sidoides (Pelargonium sidiform). The composition also includes such active substances as flavonols, coumarins and other acids of organic origin, which are suitable for combating bacteria of various types:
- Gram-negative bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Hemophilus influenzae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabillis, E. coli)
- Gram-positive bacteria (including Streptococcus (pneumoniae and haemolitic) and Staphylococcus aureus)
- The microorganism strain Mycobacterlum tuberculosis.
Available in the form of a solution for oral administration, as well as tablets.
The main indications for use are:
- Acute and chronic bronchitis.
- Acute and chronic pharyngitis.
But in certain cases, the drug is prescribed for the treatment of:
- Sinusitis, including sphenoiditis, sinusitis, ethmoiditis, frontal sinusitis.
- Sore throats, including catarrhal.
Sinupret is also a herbal medicine. It has a mucolytic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It is used in the treatment of diseases of the nose. Most often it is prescribed for classic rhinitis and allergic nasal congestion. But in connection with its pharmacological action, it is also suitable for the treatment of frontal sinusitis, all types of sinusitis, both polypic and purulent-mucous in nature.
The active ingredients are extracts of primrose flowers, sorrel grass, gentian root, verbena and elderberry flowers.
The composition of the tablet form of the drug contains starch, gelatin, stearic acid, sorbitol, polysorb, natural sugar. The excipient of the droplet form is diluted with pure water, twenty percent alcohol (ethanol). In the children’s Sinupret, the alcohol concentration is much lower – about eight percent. Important: alcohol-based solution is not recommended for people with alcohol dependence and for people who have just completed a course of treatment for alcohol dependence.
If we talk about the similarities of these two drugs, then they have not so much in common. That “Sinupret” that “Umkalor” – drugs based on natural plant extracts. The second similarity is that both drugs are intended for the treatment of otolaryngological diseases and are most often used as adjuvant therapy in conjunction with antibiotics and all kinds of sprays for irrigation of the nasal cavity or cough syrups.
The main difference lies in how the drug acts on the body. Firstly, Umkalor has an immunomodulatory effect ; in addition, the drug protects cells and tissues from damage in infectious diseases, increases the strength of the vascular walls, removes radionuclides and metabolic products from the body, stabilizes the intercellular substance of connective tissue, and increases the restoration functions of tissues after illness.
Umkalor also has a mucaltic effect on the bronchi, increasing the outflow of secretion and its amount. At the same time, “Umkalor” can be used to treat sore throat and otitis media, which cannot be said about its plant counterpart.
Sinupret, on the other hand, has not so much immunomodulatory functions as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect. Yes, this medicine also has a mucaltic effect on the body, but it is aimed primarily at the sinuses.