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Mucolytics and Expectorants

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Mucolytic and expectorant Breacol, Woods, Bisolvon, Robitussin, Rhinathiol, Fluimucil Adult, Children

Mucolytics and Expectorants - Dosage and How to Use

How should Mucolytics and Expectorants be used?

  • ​Take the medications as prescribed by your healthcare professional. Consult your healthcare professional if you are not sure how to take the medication correctly.
  • Some of this medication should be taken after food e.g. Ambroxol. Others such as acetylcysteine and bromhexine may be taken with or without food.
  • For syrups, shake the bottle well before use.
  • For effervescent tablets and sachets, dissolve one tablet or the recommended number of sachets in at least half a cup of water
  • If your symptoms persist or worsen after one week of taking the expectorants or mucolytics, talk to your healthcare professional.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue normally. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Mucolytics and Expectorants - Additional Information

​Signs that your condition may require further medical attention include:

  • Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm or mucus, or blood
  • Fever more than 38.6⁰C 
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Drenching night sweats
  • Cough lasting for longer than 3-4 weeks
  • Development of new symptoms during self-treatment

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

If you take more than the recommended dose of Expectorants or Mucolytics, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.

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