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What is Carbocisteine used for?

Carbocisteine is commonly used for treating patients with respiratory tract problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (long-term obstruction of the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs), chronic productive cough (long term cough which produces much mucus).

Also, it has effective in reducing the amount of mucus (phlegm) and making it less sticky, which then makes it easier to cough up.

Carbocisteine may be used for other purposes, ask your doctor for more information.

How should I take Carbocisteine?

This medication is available in a capsule or as a syrup (one strength of syrup for adults and one for children).

Take this medication by mouth usually three to four times a day. Your doctor may advise you to take an initial higher dose and then reduce it once your body responds to the medication.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day – unless specifically told not to by your doctor.

It may take up to an hour or so before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.

Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

How do I store Carbocisteine?

Carbocisteine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Carbocisteine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Mucothiol® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Mucothiol® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Carbocisteine?

Before taking Carbocisteine, tell your doctor if:

  • You are allergic to any ingredient in Carbocisteine.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
  • You have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Carbocisteine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Carbocisteine.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Carbocisteine?

Some common side effects may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur while taking Mucothiol®.

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Blood in the stools
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar (e.g., dizziness, drowsiness, fainting, weakness, increased hunger, increased sweating, headache, chills, tremors)
  • Vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Mucothiol®?

Mucothiol® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Carbocisteine?

Carbocisteine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Carbocisteine?

Carbocisteine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Especially if you have:

  • Active stomach (peptic) ulcers
  • A history of the stomach (peptic) ulcers


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Carbocisteine.

What is the dose of Carbocisteine for an adult?

The recommended dose is 1-2 caps or 1-2 teaspoonful 3 or 4 times daily.

What is the dose of Carbocisteine for a child?

Children 7-12 years:

The recommended dose is ½-1 teaspoonful 3 or 4 times daily.

2-6 years:

As prescribed by the physician.

How is Carbocisteine available?

Carbocisteine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 200mg
  • Suspension

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Mucothiol®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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