Carbocisteine is a mucolytic. It helps clear the chest by making the phlegm (mucus) less sticky and easier to cough up when you have common cold, flu, and infections of the airways that can cause excessive production of phlegm.
Take Carbocisteine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Take it together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
This medicine is available as a capsule, tablet or syrup.
If you are taking the syrup, use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Alert your doctor if you have stomach ulcer as Carbocisteine may not be suitable for you.
Do not give this medicine to children below 2 years old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- history of ulcer in the stomach or small intestine (bowel)
- bronchospasm (breathing distress caused by tightening and narrowing of the airways)
- asthma or other lung disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid taking Carbocisteine during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child or the elderly.
If your cough is persistent, consult your doctor. Your doctor will decide if you should continue to take this medicine.
Carbocisteine may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Inform your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- pass out bloody or black as tar stools and vomiting blood or ground coffee-like material
- difficulty breathing, wheezing
- rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.