Fluimucil

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Uses

What is Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine) used for?

Fluimucil® is used for the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory tract infections with abundant mucus secretions due to acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis & its exacerbations, pulmonary emphysema, mucoviscidosis & bronchiectasis. It is also used as an antidote for paracetamol overdose and toxicity.

How should I take Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

It should be taken with food. Dissolve the effervescent tablet or granules in a glass of purified water. Drink directly from the glass and consume the entire volume of liquid. In the case of children who cannot drink from a glass, it may be dissolved in water and given using a teaspoon or through a bottle.

How do I store Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

Fluimucil® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Fluimucil® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Fluimucil® 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 Fluimucil® 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 Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of the active or inactive ingredients of Fluimucil® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

It should be avoided in the following conditions:

  • If you are allergic to the active ingredient (acetylcysteine) or any other similar medicines. If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy, such as itchy skin, hives, swelling of the lips, swelling of the tongue, or difficulty breathing, call your doctor immediately.
  • Phenylketonuria.
  • Duodenal ulcers.
  • Asthma and status asthmaticus.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Fluimucil® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Fluimucil®. Fluimucil® is a pregnancy risk category B drug according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

Rarely, it may cause the following:

  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reaction
  • Angioedema
  • Urticaria
  • Bronchospasm
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

For inhalable acetylcysteine:

  • Rhinitis
  • Stomatitis

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.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

Fluimucil® 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.

Some drugs that may interact when taken together with acetylcysteine:

  • Antitussive (cough) medications can cause an accumulation of airway secretion (congestion)
  • Nitroglycerin may cause a significant drop in blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Carbamazepine effectiveness may be reduced
  • Antibiotics may be inactivated or become less effective
  • Activated charcoal reduces the effectiveness of acetylcysteine

Does food or alcohol interact with Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

Fluimucil® 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 Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine)?

Fluimucil® 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.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine).

What is the dose of Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine) for an adult?

Effervescent tablet

Dissolve 600 mg in a glass of water and take once daily (preferably in the evening).

Granules for oral solution

Dissolve 200 mg sachet (or two 100 mg sachets) in a glass of water and drink it two or three times per day.

Duration of treatment: 5-10 days for acute conditions. May be continued for several months for chronic conditons.

Nebule for inhalation

One ampule once or twice a day for 5 to 10 days.

Solution for injection

IM: one ampule administered once or twice a day.

IV: one ampule twice a day, up to 2-3 ampules two or three times per day. It is recommended to dilute IV injection with 0.9% NaCl solution or a 5% glucose solution.

What is the dose of Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine) for a child?

Granules for oral solution

Dissolve 100 mg sachet in a glass of water and drink it two to four times a day, according to age.

Duration of treatment: 5-10 days for acute conditions. May be continued for several months for chronic conditions.

Solution for inhalation

One ampule once or twice a day for 5 to 10 days.

Solution for injection

IM: administer half of the normal adult dose.

IV: 1-1½ ampule two to three times per day. It is recommended to dilute the IV solution with 0.9% NaCl solution or a 5% glucose solution.

How is Fluimucil® (acetylcysteine) available?

Fluimucil® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Effervescent tab 600 mg
  • Powder for oral solution 100 mg, 200 mg sachets
  • Syrup 100 mg/5 mL (100 mL bottle)
  • Solution for inhalation 100 mg/mL (3 mL ampule)
  • Solution for injection 100 mg/mL (3 mL)

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 Fluimucil®, 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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