Carbocisteine

Description

Carbocisteine is a mucolytic agent used to relieve the chest congestion caused by thick and sticky mucus in the airways. This may be associated with lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema, etc.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Carbocisteine

  • Itching and skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach upset
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth

Uses of Carbocisteine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Mucolytic
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to carbocisteine or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Peptic Ulcer

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from peptic ulcer due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

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

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Use in children

Capsule Form: The capsule form of this medicine is not recommended for use in children below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. Syrup Form: The syrup form of this medicine is not recommended for use in children below 2 years of age except on the instruction of the doctor.

Gastrointestinal Ulcers

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with gastrointestinal ulcers due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Antitussives (Cough suppressants)

This medicine is not recommended for use with cough suppressants or medicines that dry up bronchial secretions. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take/Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

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

Tolbutamide

Glimepiride

Chloramphenicol

Ketoconazole

Gliclazide

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take/Administer this medicine with or without food. Do not take/administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine 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
This medicine works by reducing the thickness of mucus present in the airways, allowing the patient to breathe freely and deeply.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Mucolytics

Schedule

Schedule H

Carbocisteine - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB04339

Carbocysteine [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/carbocistein

[Internet]. Products.sanofi.co.uk. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

http://products.sanofi.co.uk/Mucodyne_Syrup_SPC.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.2426.pdf

Carbocisteine 375 mg Capsules, hard - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2019 [cited 24 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2448/smpc

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Information on this page was last updated on 24 Jan 2019

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