Hedera helix

Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Productive cough
Adult: As effervescent tab: 50 mg bid. As syrup or solution (containing dried ivy leaf extract 0.7 g/100 mL): 5-7.5 mL bid or tid.
Child: As effervescent tab: 6-11 years 25 mg bid; ≥12 years Same as adult dose. As syrup (containing dried ivy leaf extract 0.7 g/100 mL): 2-6 years 2.5 mL bid; >6-12 years 5 mL bid or tid; ≥12 years Same as adult dose.
Children <2 years. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patients with gastritis or gastric ulcer. Treatment with a cough medicine in children (especially under 6 years old) should be considered carefully due to potential risks and limited evidence on efficacy.
Adverse Reactions
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.
Immune system disorders: Allergic reactions (e.g. skin rash, urticaria, dyspnoea).
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for signs or symptoms of dyspnoea, fever, bloody sputum and other persistent symptoms.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, excitation or agitation. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment.
Mechanism of Action: Hedera helix (Araliaceae) contains saponins that have mucolytic, spasmolytic, and bronchodilatory actions. Based on studies, the saponins found in ivy leaf trigger responses in the gastric mucosa. Hence, activating the gastro-pulmonary mucokinetic vagal reflex which stimulates the bronchi to produce a watery fluid and induce expectoration.
Synonym: Ivy leaf.
Store below 25°C. Protect from light and moisture.
MIMS Class
Supplements & Adjuvant Therapy
ATC Classification
R05CA12 - Hederae helicis folium ; Belongs to the class of expectorants. Used in the treatment of wet cough.
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