What is Solmucol and when is it used?
Solmucol contains the active ingredient acetylcysteine. This active ingredient liquefies and loosens the tough, stuck mucus in the airways and promotes expectoration.
Solmucol is indicated for the treatment of respiratory diseases that are accompanied by thick and viscous mucus, such as colds, acute bronchitis or flu.
Solmucol can also be prescribed by a doctor for chronic bronchitis, pharyngeal mucosa, larynx, trachea and sinus inflammation, as well as bronchial asthma or for the supportive treatment of a congenital metabolic disorder, cystic fibrosis or cystic fibrosis caused by increased particularly viscous mucus in the respiratory and digestive organs can be used.
What precautions should be taken?
The effect of Solmucol is enhanced by drinking copious amounts of water.
Because smoking contributes to an excessive accumulation of bronchial mucus, you can support the effects of Solmucol by giving up smoking.
Since Solmucol does not contain any diabetogenic sweeteners, it can be taken by diabetics.
However, it should be noted that each granulate bag has a total calorie content of 5 kcal or 21 kJ (Solmucol Granulate 100), or 4.6 kcal or 19 kJ (Solmucol Granulate 200), or 8 kcal or 34 kJ (Solmucol Granulate 600) has.
When should Solmucol not be used?
Solmucol must not be used in case of hypersensitivity (allergy) to the active substance or an excipient contained in the drug, in the case of gastrointestinal ulcer or during breastfeeding.
Because of its high active ingredient content, Solmucol 600 must not be used for the treatment of children under 12 years of age (for cystic fibrosis under 6 years of age).
In addition, Solmucol must not be used together with cough suppressants. If the cough reflex is suppressed too much, the mucus liquefied by Solmucol cannot otherwise be coughed up, which can lead to a dangerous accumulation of secretions with the risk of a respiratory infection and a bronchial spasm. Your doctor knows what to do in such cases.
When should caution be used when taking Solmucol?
If you have had breathing difficulties or skin rashes after taking a drug containing acetylcysteine (active ingredient in Solmucol), you should inform your doctor, pharmacist or druggist before taking this drug.
If you suffer from bronchial asthma or if you are at risk of bleeding in the gastrointestinal area (for example gastrointestinal ulcers or varices of the esophagus), you should only take Solmucol under medical supervision.
The simultaneous use of certain drugs can lead to mutual influencing of the effects. The effect of certain drugs against the narrowing of the airways (bronchodilators), as well as drugs used for circulatory disorders in the coronary arteries (nitroglycerin for angina pectoris) can be enhanced by Solmucol.
If you also have to take certain antibiotics (on the prescription of your doctor), you should allow at least 2 hours between taking these antibiotics and Solmucol. Your doctor, pharmacist or druggist can give you information about which antibiotics are affected.
Simultaneous administration of an anti-cough drug, see “When should Solmucol not be used?”.
Inform your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you suffer from other illnesses, have allergies or take or use other medicines (including those you have bought yourself!).
Can Solmucol be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Based on experience to date, there is no known risk for the child if used as intended. Systematic scientific research was never carried out.
As a precautionary measure, you should avoid medication if possible during pregnancy and breastfeeding or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if you become pregnant while taking Solmucol.
If you have to take Solmucol while breastfeeding, as a precaution you should not breastfeed your child.
How do you use Solmucol?
Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the following dosages are recommended:
Adults and adolescents over 12 years
1 sachet of granules of 200 mg or 3 times a day
1 sachet of 600 mg granules once a day.
Children from 2 to 12 years
1 sachet of 100 mg granules 3 times a day.
Children from 1 to 2 years (only on medical prescription!)
½ sachet of 100 mg granules 3 times a day.
Children under 1 year and infants
Solmucol should only be used under medical supervision in the hospital.
If, for example in the case of a cold cough, the excessive mucus formation does not subside after two weeks of treatment, the doctor should be consulted so that he / she can clarify the cause more precisely and rule out a possible malignant disease of the respiratory tract.
Long-term treatment (only on medical prescription)
400–600 mg Solmucol granules daily, divided into 2 or more doses, duration of treatment limited to a maximum of 3–6 months.
As above, but for children from 6 years of age: 1 sachet of 600 mg granules once a day.
Because of the severity of the disease, the doctor can prescribe a different dose depending on the patient's condition.
Pour the contents of the bag into an empty glass and dissolve with a little water.
It is recommended not to take any other medicines at the same time as Solmucol.
The effect of Solmucol becomes apparent 2 to 3 days after the start of treatment.
When opening the bag, a slight smell of sulfur is noticeable. This is typical for acetylcysteine; it does not indicate any change in the product and does not affect the effectiveness of the drug.
Adhere to the dosage given in the package insert or prescribed by your doctor. If you think that the medicine is acting too weakly or too strongly, please speak to your doctor, pharmacist or druggist.
What side effects can Solmucol have?
The following side effects may occur when taking Solmucol:
Gastrointestinal disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or inflammation of the oral mucosa, as well as hypersensitivity reactions, hives, headache and fever.
Furthermore, an accelerated pulse, low blood pressure and ringing in the ears, heartburn, as well as bleeding and water retention on the face can occur.
In those predisposed to this, allergic reactions of the skin (rash and itching) and the respiratory organs (respiratory problems, bronchospasm) can occur. In this case, you must stop treatment with Solmucol immediately and contact your doctor.
The breath can temporarily get an unpleasant odor, probably due to the splitting off of hydrogen sulfide from the active substance.
If you notice any side effects that are not described here, you should inform your doctor, pharmacist or druggist.
What should also be noted?
Solmucol should be protected from light, stored at room temperature (15-25 ° C) and out of the reach of children.
The drug may only be used up to the date marked “EXP” on the container.
Please bring medicines that have expired to the pharmacy or drugstore for disposal.
Your doctor, pharmacist or druggist can provide you with further information. These people have the detailed information for specialists.
What does Solmucol contain?
Active ingredient: sachets of 100, 200 and 600 mg acetylcysteine.
Excipients: xylitol, saccharin, orange flavor and other excipients.
Where can you get Solmucol? Which packs are available?
In pharmacies and drugstores, without medical prescription.
- Solmucol 20 sachets of 100 mg.
- Solmucol 20 and 40 sachets of 200 mg.
- Solmucol 10 sachets of 600 mg.
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