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Mucosolvan (Behringer Ingelheim)



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  • DESCRIPTION

    The active agent, Ambroxol is a proven, reliable and effective expectorant. It enables sticky phlegm to be removed from the respiratory system faster and more easily by enhancing the bronchial secretions that loosen congested phlegm. Ambroxol also releases and strengthens the cilia (tiny striking hairs inside the windpipe and bronchial tubes), which can then expel the abnormal phlegm with their conveyor-belt like action.

    Ambroxol increases the body's production of surfactant, a substance that promotes the clearance mechanism for elimination of germs or other pathogens, which helps to prevent and overcome infection in the bronchi.

    Ambroxol was first introduced in the form of Mucosolvan� in 1978 and has proven to be a reliable, trusted expectorant for the treatment of productive cough. Mucosolvan� is one of the leading therapies for cough and is available in many countries around the world.

    MODE OF ACTION

    Ambroxol is the active agent in Mucosolvan�. It makes phlegm in the airways thinner and less sticky. It does this by increasing the body's natural production of surfactant. This contributes to a secretomotoric effect: it helps the cilia - tiny hairs that line the respiratory tract - to transport the phlegm out of the lungs. Here is a step-by-step description of how Ambroxol works:

    • 1. Ambroxol is quickly metabolised by the body. It goes straight to work at the mucus-secreting cells, where it changes the mucus so it becomes less viscous. This thinner, more liquid mucus helps lift the heavy, sticky phlegm off the walls of the airways.
    • 2. Ambroxol frees and activates the cilia. Thanks to the effect of the thinner mucus, the cilia are no longer clogged by the thick, sticky phlegm. They are free to move again and help to push the phlegm up and out of the respiratory tract. Furthermore, Ambroxol enhances the movement of the cilia so they transport phlegm out of the airways more quickly.
    • 3. Ambroxol is not a cough suppressant. It does not interfere with the body's natural cough response. This is important, because coughing is still needed to eject the excess phlegm from the airways. Ambroxol makes it easier to get the phlegm moving again.

    HOW SUPPLIED

    Mucosolvan Productive Cough Syrup
    Mucosolvan Productive Cough Syrup for Children
    Mucosolvan Productive Cough Cough Pastilles
    Mucosolvan Productive Cough One-A-Day Capsules
    Mucosolvan Productive Cough Effervescent Tablets
    Mucosolvan Productive Cough Tablets

    Marketed by:

    Behringer Ingelheim

    Mucosolvan is a registered trademark of Behringer Ingelheim








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