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Umcka®

Uses|Precautions & Warnings|Side Effects|Interactions|Dosage

Uses

Umcka® is used for reducing the duration and severity of symptoms associated with the common cold, upper respiratory tract infections, and flu symptoms (e.g., chills/fever, congestion, cough, headache, hoarseness, minor aches/pains, sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing/runny nose).

It also helps loosen phlegm (mucus) to make it easier to expel when you cough.

Umcka® contains Pelargonium sidoides, which is an herb from South Africa that was traditionally used for treating cold symptoms, bronchitis, and dysentery.

How should I take Umcka®?

Umcka® is a brand that comes in several variants that include oral syrups, chewable tablets, powder sachet, and drink powder. All preparations are best taken at the first sign of symptoms and continued for 48 hours after symptoms have subsided.

For the oral syrups, only use the included medical-grade measuring cup. Do not use a normal household spoon, as this may not measure the accurate dose.

The chewable tablets should be placed in your mouth and chewed and dissolved thoroughly before swallowing. Do not dissolve it in a glass of water or swallow it whole.

The FastActives® powder comes in a convenient sachet. Open the sachet and pour the contents directly into your mouth and swallow. Do not dissolve the solution in water, juice, or other liquids.

The drink powder should be dissolved in 4 to 6 oz. of hot or cold water, depending on your preference.

How do I store Umcka®?

Umcka® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Umcka® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Umcka® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Umcka® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & Warnings

What should I know before using Umcka®?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of the active or inactive ingredients of Umcka® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions. (e.g. persistent or chronic cough, asthma, or COPD)

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Umcka® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Umcka®.

Side Effects

All supplements have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

Potential side effects while using Umcka® include:

  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal irritation or discomfort
  • Ear and inner ear disorders
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness

You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

Because P. sidoides contains coumarin, it may increase the risk of bleeding when taken together with warfarin.

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

Does food or alcohol interact with Umcka®?

This medication may be taken with or without food. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort, taking this medication with meals may prevent this symptom. It is important to drink enough water while taking this medication.

The liquid extract preparation of this medication may contain alcohol thus alcohol consumption should be limited to prevent intoxication, especially in children or adults who need to drive or operate machinery.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with Umcka®?

Umcka® should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Allergy to any of the ingredients
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Currently on warfarin therapy
  • Candidate for surgery or a dental procedure
  • Chronic, persistent cough
  • Asthma, COPD, or emphysema

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Umcka®.

What is the dose of Umcka® for an adult?

Umcka® ColdCare

Original liquid: take 1.5 mL 3 times a day.

Alcohol-free liquid: take 1.5 mL 3 times a day.

Syrup: take 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) 3 times a day.

Hot drink: dissolve 1 sachet in hot or cold water, depending on your preference. Take it 3 times a day.

Chewable tablet: take 1 chewable tablet 3 times a day.

FastActives® sachet: take 1 sachet 3 times a day.

Umcka® ColdCare Day + Night

Hot drink:

  • Day formula: Dissolve 1 sachet in hot or cold water, depending on your preference. Take it 2 times a day.
  • Night formula: Dissolve 1 sachet in hot or cold water, depending on your preference. Take it 30 minutes before bedtime.

Umcka® Cough

Syrup: Take 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) 3 times a day.

Umcka® Cold+Flu

Syrup: Take 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) 3 times a day.

Umcka® Allergy+Sinus

Chewable tablet: Take 1 chewable tablet 3 times a day.

What is the dose of Umcka® for a child?

Umcka® ColdCare Kids

Syrup:

  • Ages 12 years and above: give 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: give 1 teaspoon (5 mL) 3 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: consult a pediatrician.

Chewable tablet:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 chewable tablet 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 chewable tablet 2 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

FastActives® sachet:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 sachet 4 to 5 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 sachet 2 to 4 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

Umcka® ColdCare

Original liquid:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1.5 mL 3 times a day.
  • Ages <12 years: Consult a pediatrician

Alcohol-free liquid:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1.5 mL 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 mL 3 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

Syrup:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 teaspoon (5 mL) 3 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

Hot drink:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Same as the adult dose.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 packet dissolved in water 2 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

Chewable tablet:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 chewable tablet 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 chewable tablet 2 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

FastActives® sachet:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 sachet 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 sachet 2 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a doctor.

Umcka® ColdCare Day + Night

Hot drink:

  • Day formula:
    • Ages 6 years and above: Same as the adult dose.
    • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician
  • Night formula:
    • Ages 12 years and above: Same as the adult dose.
    • Ages 6 to 11 years: Dissolve 1/2 sachet in hot or cold water, depending on their preference. Give it 30 minutes before bedtime.
    • Ages <6 years: consult a pediatrician.

Umcka® Cold+Flu

Syrup:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 teaspoon (5 mL) 2 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

Umcka® Allergy+Sinus

Chewable tablet:

  • Ages 12 years and above: Give 1 chewable tablet 3 times a day.
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Give 1 chewable tablet 2 times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

Umcka® Cough

Syrup:

  • Ages 12 and above: Same as the adult dose
  • Ages 6 to 11 years: Take 1 teaspoon (5 mL) two times a day.
  • Ages <6 years: Consult a pediatrician.

How is Umcka® available?

Umcka® is available in the following variants and dosage forms:

  • Umcka® Allergy+Sinus chewable tablets
  • Umcka® ColdCare original liquid, alcohol-free liquid, syrup, hot drink, chewable tablets, FastActives® sachets
  • Umcka® ColdCare Day + Night hot drink
  • Umcka® ColdCare Kids syrup, chewable tablets, FastActives® sachets
  • Umcka® Cold+Flu syrup
  • Umcka® Cough syrup

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Umcka®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Pelargonium sidoides extract EPs 7630: a review of its clinical efficacy and safety for treating acute respiratory tract infections in children, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5849386/, Accessed Sept 8, 2020

Pelargonium sidoides, https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/pelargonium-sidoides, Accessed Sept 8, 2020

Umcka, https://www.naturesway.com/brands/umcka, Accessed Sept 8, 2020

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated Dec 03, 2020
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