MONTREAL, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - When cold and flu season strikes,
many Canadians are looking for products to relieve symptoms that
include a cough, runny nose and sinus congestion. But, for many of
them, especially those who take medication, toddlers and people who
cannot tolerate certain over-the-counter products, the options may be
very limited. It is with these portions of the population in mind that
Pendopharm, introduced the Helixia® line of products to the Canadian
market. These over-the-counter remedies use naturally-sourced medicinal
ingredients that have been clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of
coughs and colds.
Today, millions of Canadians are currently taking medications to treat a
variety of health problems. However, over-the-counter medications used
to relieve the symptoms of colds and sinusitis are not recommended for
or are often difficult to tolerate by many Canadians, one of the
reasons being that these products contain dextromethorphan (DM) or
pseudoephedrine. These ingredients, which are listed in the composition
of the 50 most popular over-the-counter cold remedies, can cause
adverse reactions and drug interactions when taken with other
medications. As for children under the age of six, it is not
recommended to administer medications that contain these ingredients.
"The effectiveness of the Helixia® product line has been clinically-proven and is based upon
naturally-sourced medicinal ingredients," explains Élise Vézina,
vice‐president of Pendopharm. "As such, Helixia® Cough represents an alternative for children under the age of six, as
well as for those whose medication might limit the possibilities for
treating cold and cough symptoms."
Health professionals are equally excited about Helixia®'s arrival. "This line of products answers a real need presented by both
the population as well as health and wellness professionals," says
Margaret Wallis-Duffy, wellness expert and founder of the Wallis for
Wellness multi-disciplinary clinic. "We are being supplied with
scientific studies that support the effectiveness of these products so
that we can then confidently recommend them to our clients and
The arrival of Helixia® on the market is also welcomed by those with young children, who had,
up until now, very few options at their disposal to help alleviate
their toddlers' symptoms. "As parents, we want to do everything to
provide our children with some relief when they are sick. I am pleased
that our needs have finally been taken into account," explains
Wallis-Duffy, also a mother of two. To learn more about how to help
children fight colds and flus, view Wallis-Duffy's effective tips here.
Helixia® Cough contains Hedera Helix L, an extract of dried ivy leaves while Helixia® Sinus contains eucalyptol, an eucalyptus oil extract. These two medicinal
ingredients have been successfully used in Europe for over 20 years.
The Helixia® range of products includes Helixia® Cough, a cough syrup that tastes like honey, which is available in both child
and adult formulas. Adults can also opt for convenient single-dose
sachets. Helixia® Sinus comes in 100 mg mini-mint sized capsules for children between the ages
of 6-12 years, and in 200 mg capsules for adults and adolescents that
are 12 years old and over.
The full range of Helixia® Cough and Helixia® Sinus products is free from sucrose*, gluten, dyes and alcohol.
Helixia® products are available in most pharmacies across Canada. www.helixia.com.
Helixia is a registered trademark of Pharmascience Inc.
May not be suitable for everyone. Always advise the patient to read the
label and follow the instructions.
* Contains sorbitol as a sugar substitute.
Pendopharm, a division of the Quebec company Pharmascience, is a rapidly
growing independent pharmaceutical company whose commercial activities
are concentrated upon a portfolio of specialty prescription products as
well as a wide and established range of over‐the‐counter and
behind‐the‐counter products. Its experienced team of professionals is
steadfastly dedicated to supporting the medical community, its partners
and the patients. Pendopharm is a division of Pharmascience Inc., a
Canadian business. For more information, please visit www.pendopharm.com.
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