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What is Ambroxol used for?

Ambroxol is used to treat respiratory diseases associated with thick mucus production (including emphysema with bronchitis, tracheobronchitis, bronchiectasis, bronchitis with bronchospasm, asthma) and other lung diseases such as pneumoconiosis and chronic inflammatory pulmonary conditions.

Ambroxol works by thinning out the thick mucus (phlegm) in the airways, which makes the mucus less sticky. This facilitates a more productive cough, which helps remove the mucus easily. Ambroxol belongs to a group of medications called mucolytics.

Ambroxol may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Ambroxol?

The dosage of Ambroxol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Ambroxol should be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Ambroxol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ambroxol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Ambroxol?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ambroxol, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Ambroxol?

  • Codeine

It may be noted drugs other than that listed above may also interact with Ambroxol.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Ambroxol, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Ambroxol?

Like other medicines, Ambroxol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ambroxol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ambroxol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ambroxol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Ambroxol may cause mild gastrointestinal side effects, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion and heartburn. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ambroxol.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ambroxol?

Is it possible for me to take Ambroxol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ambroxol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ambroxol?
How will Ambroxol work in my body?
How should Ambroxol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Ambroxol drug interactions and side effects?

Note

Before using Ambroxol, tell your doctor if you suffer from any lung conditions.

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Ambroxol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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