Medicines

Fluimucil: Uses, Mechanism of Action, Dosage, Side Effects, Interactions

What is Fluimucil?

Fluimucil is a brand of N-Acetylcysteine. It is a mucolytic medication used in combination with other treatments to relieve chest congestion due to thick or abnormal mucous secretions in people with lung conditions including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and cystic fibrosis (an inborn disease that causes problems with breathing, digestion, and reproduction).

This effect helps you to clear the mucus from your lungs so that you can breathe easier. It can also be used to prevent liver damage from paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose.

Each Fluimucil effervescent tablet contains N-acetylcysteine, 600 mg as an active ingredient while each sachet of Fluimucil contains N-acetylcysteine, 100 mg or 200mg as the active ingredient. Each 5ml of Fluimucil oral solution contains 100mg of N-acetylcysteine.

How it works

Fluimucil is in a class of medications called mucolytic agents. It works by thinning the mucus in the air passages to make it easier to cough up the mucus and clear the airways.

Who should not use Fluimucil?

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of Fluimucil. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

•          Bleeding in the esophagus

•          Congestive heart failure

•          Hypertension (high blood pressure)

•          Kidney disease (Fluimucil contains sodium, which can make these conditions worse)

•          Stomach ulcers, or history of ulcers (Fluimucil may increase the risk for more serious side effects)

How should I take Fluimucil?

The recommended dose of Fluimucil is as follows:

Adults: 1 sachet (200mg) to 2 sachets 1 sachet (400mg) taken 2-3 times a day or 1 effervescent tablet (200mg) of Fluimucil daily preferably in the evening. The maximum recommended daily dose is 600 mg per day.

Children: 5ml of Fluimucil oral solution or 1 sachet (100mg) taken 2 to 4 times a day, based on the age of the child or as directed by your doctor. Fluimucil is contraindicated in children below 2 years of age.

To prepare Fluimucil for a child, dissolve the tablets or granules in a glass containing a small quantity of water and stir the content with a spoon for uniform distribution before giving the medication to the child using a cup, teaspoon, or a feeding bottle.

Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use Fluimucil exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Only mix Fluimucil with other medications if instructed to do so by your doctor.

How long should I take Fluimucil?

The recommended duration of treatment with Fluimucil is 5 to 10 days in an acute phase. Your doctor may extend the treatment duration for several months in chronic conditions based on your response to the drug and the reasons for which the medication was prescribed. If you vomit within 1 hour after taking Fluimucil, you may need to take another dose.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Fluimucil, take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose on Fluimucil?

If you or someone accidentally took more than the recommended dose of Fluimucil, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Fluimucil overdose may lead to gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Fluimucil expectorant

Can a pregnant or breastfeeding woman take Fluimucil?

No, a pregnant woman should not take Fluimucil because there are no adequate studies on the safety of the medication during pregnancy. Fluimucil is excreted into breast milk, to avoid infant exposure during breastfeeding, nursing mothers should consider pumping and discarding their breast milk for 30 hours after taking Fluimucil so that breastfeeding can be continued with no other special precautions.

Fluimucil side effects

Common side effects of Fluimucil include:

  • Bronchospasm
  • Clamminess
  • Coughing up blood
  • Disagreeable odor
  • Drowsiness
  • Fever
  • Increased volume of bronchial secretions
  • Irritation of tracheal or bronchial tract
  • Nausea
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

Fluimucil can also cause serious side effects which can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Bronchoconstriction
  • Chest tightness

Fluimucil may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

What medications can interact with Fluimucil?

This medication may interact with the following drugs:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Fluimucil, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

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