How does it work?
Mucodyne capsules, syrup and paediatric linctus all contain carbocisteine, which is a type of medicine known as a mucolytic.
Carbocisteine works by breaking down the mucus that is produced in the lungs. This helps to make the mucus less thick and sticky, so it is easier to cough up.
Carbocisteine can be used to help make mucus less sticky in respiratory tract problems such as bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibrosis. Mucus produced in the lungs is also known as sputum or phlegm.
What is it used for?
Making sputum (phlegm) easier to cough up in certain lung conditions, such as those listed below.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Cystic fibrosis.
How do I take it?
- Mucodyne capsules, syrup and paediatric syrup can be taken either with or without food.
- For adults, the usual dose is two capsules three times a day. This is reduced to one capsule four times a day when symptoms have improved. For adults taking Mucodyne syrup the usual dose is 15ml three times a day, this is reduced to 10ml three times a day when symptoms improve.
- Mucodyne paediatric syrup should only be given to children over two years old. The dose will depend on the age of the child. Children aged two to five years should be given 2.5ml to 5ml Mucodyne paediatric syrup four times a day. Children aged 5 to 12 years should be given 10ml Mucodyne paediatric syrup three times a day.
- If you forget to take or give a dose, don't worry, just wait until the next dose is due. Do not take or give a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Use with caution in
- People with a history of peptic ulcers.
Not to be used in
- People with an active peptic ulcer.
- Mucodyne capsules and syrup are not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Mucodyne paediatric syrup should be used for this age group as it contains a lower strength of the medicine.
- Mucodyne paediatric syrup is not recommended for children under two years old.
- Mucodyne capsules contain lactose and are not suitable for people with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactose deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
- Mucodyne syrup and paediatric syrup contain sucrose and are not suitable for people with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to 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.
- The safety of this medicine for use in pregnancy has not been established. The manufacturer recommends that it is avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy. Seek further medical advice from your doctor.
- There is no information available regarding the safety of this medicine during breastfeeding. Seek further 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. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Skin rashes.
- Allergic skin reactions.
- Bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Tell your doctor if you are sick and notice any blood in your vomit, or if you pass black, tarry stools.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine'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.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
This medicine is not known to affect any other medicines. However, as with all medicines, you should always tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking before you start taking this one. Always check with your pharmacist before taking any new medicines in combination with this one.
Other medicines containing the same active ingredient
Carbocisteine capsules and liquid are also available generically (ie without a brand name).