Details of Ambroxol Salt (Generic Drug)
Ambroxol is a clinically proven systemically active mucolytic agent. When administered orally onset of action occurs after about 30 minutes. The breakdown of acid mucopolysaccharide fibres makes the sputum thinner and less viscous and therefore more easily removed by coughing. Although sputum volume eventually decreases, its viscosity remains low for as long as treatment is maintained. Ambroxol is prescribed for various respiratory diseases such as emphysema with bronchitis pneumoconiosis, chronic inflammatory pulmonary conditions, tracheobronchitis (respiratory tract inflammation), bronchiectasis, bronchitis with bronchospasm asthma.
Ambroxol is kind of strong expectorant, clinically proven active mucolytic agent. The medicine helps to remove sticky phlegm from the respiratory tract easily and quickly by enhancing the bronchial secretions that loosen congested phlegm. It also releases and strengthens tiny striking hairs inside the windpipe and bronchial tubes, which is referred to as the cilia, which can then expel the abnormal phlegm with their conveyor-belt like action. Ambroxol increases the body's production of surfactant which helps to overcome infection in the bronchi.
Gastrointestinal reactions are the common side effects linked to Ambroxol. Symptoms include stomach upset, diarrhoea, constipation, heartburn, nausea, indigestion and vomiting. If any of these Ambroxol side effects become pertinent or bothersome, seek for immediate medical help. Dry mouth, problem in urination, headache, weakness and continuous running nose are rare Ambroxol side effects reported in patients.
Rare reports of allergic reactions to Ambroxol have been reported. Symptoms include skin irritation, hives, redness, skin itching, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, swelling of face, throat, tongue or lips. In case any of these side effects occur, stop using Ambroxol, and consult a doctor immediately.
Severe headaches, chills, weakness and difficulty in breathing have been linked with intravenous use of Ambroxol.
There are no available interactions for Ambroxol presently.
Mechanism of action
Ambroxol belongs to a class of drugs called expectorants (aid expulsion of mucus as cough) or mucolytic (liquefy and loosen mucus). It works by liquefying and loosening thick mucus that can be coughed out easily. It helps in the production of a chemical called surfactant. Surfactant doesn't let the mucus to get stuck to the walls of airways and is easily coughed out.
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