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Mucolite Syrup: Uses, Side Effects, Composition & Dosages

As the name suggests, Mucolite is an active mucolytic agent. The major work that it does is the breaking down of the structure of mucus. Mucus, which sometimes blocks the lungs and makes the person uncomfortable, is easily relieved by using a Mucolite tablet. Mucolite medicine is available not only as a tablet but also as a syrup, dry powder, ampules, drops, sachets, inhalation solution etc. It treats various mucus related problems like an acute sore throat, chronic bronchopulmonary diseases, thickened a mucus cough, respiratory tract problems etc.


Composition and Nature of Mucolite Syrup:

There is only one active ingredient in Mucolite Tablet, i.e. Ambroxol. It is manufactured in India by Dr. Reddys Labs.


Uses of Mucolite Syrup:

There are various uses of Mucolite tablet, and all the uses somehow relate to the mucus clearance. The major known uses of Mucolite tablet are:

  • Easing the thickened mucus cough
  • Treating the problem of an acute sore throat
  • Treatment of chronic bronchopulmonary diseases
  • Respiratory Tract related diseases and disorders
  • Treatment of acute exacerbations of bronchitis
  • Treatment of Tracheobronchitis
  • Treatment of Emphysema with bronchitis pneumoconiosis


Side Effects of Mucolite Syrup:

There are some possible side-effects of the Mucolite Tablet. Though the side effects do not always occur, we cannot altogether deny their possibility. Some of the side effects reported by the users are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Rashes
  • Heart Burning
  • Bloatedness
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Stomach Ache
  • Altered taste
  • Dry mouth/throat
  • Musculoskeletal (bone/muscle/joint pain)


Common Dosage of Mucolite Syrup:

There is no fixed dosage of Mucolite Tablet for one and all. But generally, a healthy adult is given 30 mg to 120 mg daily. It is divided into 2 or 3 portions in a day. Doctor’s discretion and words for the dosage should be considered final.


How Mucolite Syrup works?

The active ingredient of the Mucolite tablet Ambroxol promotes and helps in mucus clearance. Ambroxol has antioxidant, local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory effect. 


Warnings and Precautions When to Avoid Mucolite Syrup:

Though there are no serious side warnings or precautions for Mucolite tablet use, then also there are certain things that need to be kept in mind while using this medicine.

  • If your condition worsens after taking the medicine, consult your doctor immediately.
  • If your condition doesn’t improve after 14 days of use, consult your doctor.
  • If you are having the first trimester of pregnancy
  • If you are feeling allergic to it, tell your doctor
  • For the following conditions, caution needs to be observed while taking Mucolite Tablet:
  • Patients having a history of allergy to Bromhexine or Ambroxol

If you have following health conditions, then also you must not take Mucolite Tablet without prior doctor’s consultation:

  • Liver Disorder
  • Kidney Failure
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Pregnant/Breastfeeding
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome


Substitutes for Mucolite Syrup:

There are various known and famous substitutes of Mucolite Tablet, which has the exact same composition of Mucolite Tablet. Some of them are:

  • Ambrodil (Aristo Pharmaceuticals)
  • Ambrolite (Tablets India Limited)
  • Respolite (Sresan Pharmaceuticals)


Mucolite Syrup Interactions:

You know that the drugs have a tendency to interact with each other. If you take any over the counter product, if you have any medical history, if you are suffering from any disease for long or if you have some serious bodily condition, discuss all this with your doctor. It may be that he may suggest you some other medicine due to any known interaction of Mucolite with your existing drug intake. Mostly, Mucoliteinteractions are with:

  • Antibiotics
  • Gastric Ulceration




1) Is it safe to use Mucolite Tablet when pregnant/breastfeeding?

Ans: No, it is not recommended. Doctor’s consultation is essentially required in this case.


2) What are the major diseases for the treatment of which Mucolite Tablet is generally used?

Ans: Mucolite Tablet is generally used for the treatment of thickened mucus caused cough and acute sore throat. Though we know well that Mucolite is used for which purpose, it is always advised that you must consult your doctor first before taking this medicine.


3) When Mucolite do starts to show its effect on the body?

Ans: Most of the Mucolite Tablet has reported that the tablet starts to show its effect right from the day one. At the max, it takes 2 days to show its effect on the body. In some special conditions, it may take some more time. If the medicine does not show any effect for 14 days, it is highly advisable that you must consult your doctor immediately after that.


4) For how many times a day Mucolite is generally prescribed to be taken?

Ans: Mucolite Tablet is generally recommended to be taken twice a day, as long as the condition doesn’t improve. But one rule doesn’t apply to all. Doctor’s discretion and advice for the dosage should be considered final.


5) How is the Mucolite Tablet consumed – before food, after food or with food?

Ans: Most of the times, doctors recommend that Mucolite Tablet must be taken after the food. But as said earlier, Doctor’s discretion and advice for the dosage should be considered final.


6) Is the nature of Mucolite Tablet addictive?

Ans: No, the nature of the Mucolite Tablet has not been found to be addictive by any of its users or any government organization.


7) Is it safe to drive or work on a heavy machinery, just after taking the Mucolite Tablet?

Ans: No, it is not recommended if one feels dizziness, hypotension, drowsiness, headache or numbness, just after taking the medicine.


8) Can the consumption of the Mucolite Tablet be stopped abruptly after one sees improvement in his/her condition?

Ans: No, you must not stop the intake of any medicine abruptly, as some medicines have some rebound effects if stopped abruptly.


9) Is it safe to consume Mucolite Tablet with alcohol?

Ans: The interaction of Mucolite with Alcohol has not been established. Doctor’s discretion and advice for the dosage should be considered final for the patients consuming alcohol.


10) Are there any special instructions for the patients of kidney and liver disease?

Ans: No special caution has been suggested. Doctor’s discretion and advice for the dosage for the patients with liver and kidney should be considered final. 

Last updated on : 27-12-2018

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