Flavamed - Use | Dosage | Side Effects
Flavamed is a medicine that contains an active substance called Ambroxol. It belongs to a group of medicines called mucolytics. Mucolytics are medicines that break down mucus in the airways and thus make it easier to cough up. This medicine break down the mucus in the lungs and other respiratory organs and therefore facilitates expectoration. It is used in the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory diseases. It can be used only to treat productive cough (produces mucus).
- Flavamed cannot be used in patients allergic to the active substance Ambroxol or other similar medicines. If you experience symptoms of allergy such as:
- hives (itching, redness of the skin),
- swelling of the face,
- swelling of the tongue,
- trouble breathing, contact your doctor immediately.
- It can be used in children younger than 2 years of age in the form of syrup intended for use in children.
- This drug can (although very rarely), cause Steven-Johnson syndrome (serious skin condition). Steven-Johnson syndrome is characterized by the red macula on the skin. Maculae appears first on the face, then spread to the chest. Red maculae eventually disappear and leave sores. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any skin changes.
- Flavamed is metabolized in the liver and excreted in the urine via the kidneys, and must be used with great caution in patients with kidney or liver disorders.
- It may cause damage to the gastric mucosa and it is not recommended for use in patients with gastric ulcer.
Use during pregnancy and breasfeeding
Flavamed should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit to the mother outweighs the risk to the child. It cannot be used during the first three months of pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medicament during pregnancy.
Flavamed passes into breast milk and may harm your baby. Avoid breastfeeding while using this drug.
Dose and Use
Dosage forms include: Flavamed syrup 15mg/5ml, Flavamed effervescent tablets 60 mg and Flavamed tablets 30mg.
Flavamed effervescent tablets 60mg:
|Patients older than 12 years of age||1/2 (one half) of effervescent tablet, 2-3 times daily. It should be dissolved in a glass of water and drunk after a meal.|
Effervescent tablets are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years of age.
Flavamed syrup 15mg/5ml:
|Children under 2 years of age||1/2 (half) of dosing spoon, twice daily, after a meal, not more than a week.|
|Children aged 2-5 years||1/2 (one half) of dosing spoon, three times daily after a meal, not more than a week.|
|Children aged 6-12 years||1 dosing spoon, 2-3 times daily after a meal, not more than a week.|
|Patients older than 12 years of age||2 dosing spoons, three times a day, after a meal, not longer than a week.|
Flavamed tablets 30mg:
|Patients older than 12 years of age||30 mg (1 tablet), three times daily|
|Children aged 6-12 years||15 mg (one half of tablet), 2-3 times a day|
Tablets should be taken after a meal with a glass of water, not more than a week. Do not crush or chew the tablet because it may affect the efficacy.
Children younger than 6 years of age should not use these tablets.
Use with other medicines (Interactions)
Tell your doctor if you are using other medications for the cough treatment, because concomitant use of Flavamed with other medicines to treat cough can lead to mucus accumulation.
Tell your doctor about all medications and herbal medicines you are taking.
Flavamed may cause the following side effects:
- abdominal pain,
- digestive disorders,
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome (serious skin disorder),
- allergy and others.
Tell your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.