Ambroxol

Description

Ambroxol is a mucolytic agent which reduces the thickness of the sputum. It is used to treat conditions with abnormal mucus secretion, allowing the patient to breathe freely and deeply. It should be used with caution in patients with a known history of gastric ulcers.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ambroxol

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Gastrointestinal side effects
  • Skin rash and itching

Uses of Ambroxol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Emphysema with bronchitis pneumoconiosis
  • Tracheobronchitis
  • Acute exacerbations of bronchitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of the medicine can be observed after 30 minutes of oral administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 16 to 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary, especially in the first trimester. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Ambroxol is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women since it is excreted into the breast milk. An alternative treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to Ambroxol.

Gastric ulceration

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of gastric ulceration because it may worsen the condition.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of Stevens-Johnson syndrome which is a rare but serious disorder of the skin.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary, especially in the first trimester. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Ambroxol is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women since it is excreted into the breast milk. An alternative treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition.
General warnings

Gastric ulceration

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of gastric ulceration or any other gastrointestinal disorders.

Missed Dose

Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Gastric ulceration

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with active gastric ulceration or a history of gastric ulceration due to an increase in the risk of worsening of the condition. An alternative treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of gastric ulcers. Do not use this medicine for children under 1 year of age without the supervision of a healthcare professional. Do not use this medicine for more than 10 days without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by promoting mucus clearance and easing a productive cough.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Mucolytics

Schedule

OTC

Ambixol, Ambroxol [Internet]. Sopharma.com. 2017 [cited 10 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.sopharma.com/ambroxol.php

Ambroxol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 11 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB06742

[Internet]. Thefilipinodoctor.com. 2018 [cited 8 January 2018]. Available from:

https://www.thefilipinodoctor.com/brand_pdf/Ambrolex.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 8 Jan 2018

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