Synonyms: Carbocysteine; Alanine, 3-((carboxymethyl)thio)-; Cysteine, S-(carboxymethyl)-(carboxymethyl)
CAS No.: 2387-59-9
How does it work?
Carbocisteine is a mucolytic medicine which breaks down some of the chemical bonds in mucus. This makes the mucus less thick and sticky (viscous) and thus easier to cough up.
Medicines that make mucus less viscous are useful in chest problems such as bronchitis, asthma and cystic fibrosis. They can also be used in other conditions characterised by excessive viscous mucus, including suppurative otitis media ("glue ear") and chronic obstructive airways disease. They can be inhaled or taken orally.
What is it used for?
1. Artificial airway opening in the neck (tracheostomy)
2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
3. Cystic fibrosis
4. Glue ear (suppurative otitis media)
Not to be used in:
Known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
1. No safety information is available in pregnancy. Avoid use in pregnancy particularly during the first trimester. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
2. There is no information available regarding the safety of this medicine during breastfeeding. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
2. Bleeding from the stomach or intestine
4. Nausea and vomiting
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.