Ambroxol is used to reduce the thickness of mucous in the various airway and lu
ng-related diseases such as asthma and bronchitis (infection and inflammation of airways) associated with abnormal production of mucous in the respiratory tract. It belongs to the class of antitussive medicines used to relieve cough. It works by thinning down the mucus and making the mucus less sticky. It also facilitates the removal of mucous from the airways. Ambroxol is available in the form of tablets, capsules, syrup, oral drops, oral liquid, respules.
Uses of Ambroxol
Ambroxol is used to relieve abnormal mucous secretion in lung and airway conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
Contraindications of Ambroxol
When should one not use Ambroxol
- If you are allergic to ambroxol or similar medicines
- If you are suffering from any liver or kidney problems or have gastric ulcers
Side effects of Ambroxol
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Stomach pain
- Dryness of mouth or throat
Precautions and Warnings of Ambroxol
Can I take/use ambroxol during pregnancy?
Ambroxol is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy. Consult a doctor before using it.
Can I take/use ambroxol while breastfeeding?
Ambroxol should not be taken while breastfeeding as it passes into breastmilk.
Can I drive if I have taken/used ambroxol?
No information is available about the effects of ambroxol while driving.
Can I consume alcohol after taking/using ambroxol?
There is no known interaction between alcohol and ambroxol. However, you should discuss with your doctor if you drink too often.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You have problems with your kidney or liver
- You have stomach ulcers; they should be used cautiously.
- You have a secretion related problem.
- You should not take ambroxol along with medicines that suppress the cough.
- You have a condition called Ciliary dyskinesia (which causes nasal congestion, middle ear infection).
Mode of Action of Ambroxol
How Does It Work?
Ambroxol works by stimulating the synthesis and release of surfactants in our respiratory system, which decrease the ability of mucus to stick to the wall of airways. It further provides easy breathing by removing this sticky fluid in patients with respiratory system disorders....
Interactions of Ambroxol
Interactions with other medicines
- Some medicines can affect the way ambroxol works, or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
- Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements, or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interaction.
- Especially if you are taking antibiotics or cough suppressants.
Dr. Arpit Verma
MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)
Dr. Ritu Budania
MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is ambroxol used for?
A: Ambroxol is used to treat acute and chronic respiratory tract disorders associated with thick mucus.
Q: In which all dosage forms is ambroxol available?
A: Ambroxol is available in the form of tablets, capsules, syrup, oral drops, oral liquid, respules.
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