It is a mucolytic agent used in the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory tract disorders associated with thick mucus.
Uses of Ambroxol
Ambroxol is used to treat diseases associated with abnormal mucus secretion and impaired mucus transport. It is also used to treat chronic inflammatory pulmonary conditions and bronchitis with bronchospasm asthma.
Contraindications of Ambroxol
When should one not use Ambroxol
- You have any allergic reaction to Ambroxol or Bromhexine
- You have hereditary disorders of carbohydrate tolerance
- You have ulcers in the intestine
- You have fits
Side effects of Ambroxol
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Allergic reaction
- Stomach pain
- Dry throat
- A severe skin condition associated with skin peeling, blisters (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
Precautions and Warnings of Ambroxol
Can I take Ambroxol during pregnancy?
Ambroxol is not safe to take during pregnancy.
Can I take Ambroxol while breastfeeding?
It passes into breast milk; therefore, it is not recommended to use during breastfeeding.
Can I drive if I have consumed Ambroxol?
No known symptoms.
Can I consume alcohol with Ambroxol?
No known interaction with alcohol.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- If you have any ulcers in the stomach or intestine
- If you have any kidney or liver problems
- If you have any asthmatic attacks
- If you have any cough from a long time
Mode of Action of Ambroxol
How Does It Work?
Ambroxol is known to thin down the mucus in the airway passages and makes it less sticky; this leads to removal of the mucus from the airways.
Interactions of Ambroxol
Interactions with other medicines
A combination of Ambroxol and any antibiotic (like Amoxicillin, Cefuroxime, Erythromycin, and Doxycycline) leads to a higher concentration of antibiotics in the pulmonary tissue. A simultaneous intake of Ambroxol and cough suppressing preparations is not recommended. There has not been any other clinically significant interaction with other medicines.
Interactions with food items
No known interaction with food.
Dosage of Ambroxol
Ambroxol overdose can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, and giddiness. Seek emergency medical care immediately if you took too many doses of Ambroxol.
Missed a Dose
If you missed any dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose, and take the next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine just because you missed the last dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Is Ambroxol an antibiotic or steroid?
A: No, it is not an antibiotic or steroid; it belongs to a class of medicines called Expectorants or Mucolytics. It has no known effect against infections.
Q: Should I be cautious while taking Ambroxol?
A: There should be a cautious use for individuals having fits, stomach or intestinal ulcers, and other contraindications.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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