Generic Name: Mucinum Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Mucinum® used for?

Mucinum® is commonly used to treat constipation. It may also be used to clean out the intestines before a bowel examination/surgery.

Mucinum® works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out.

Mucinum® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I take Mucinum®?

Follow all directions on your prescription label.

Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take Mucinum® by mouth with a full glass of water, do not chew or break it, swallow the whole tablet.

Do not take Mucinum® within 1 hour after taking an antacid or milk.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medication.

How do I store Mucinum®?

Mucinum® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Mucinum® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Mucinum® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Mucinum® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Mucinum®?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Mucinum® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Mucinum®?

Mucinum® may cause following side effects, such as:

  • Stomach/abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

Stop using this medication and seek for a medical care when these side effects occur:

  • Persistent nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps/weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Decreased urination
  • Mental/mood changes (such as confusion)
  • A serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Mucinum®?

Mucinum® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include:

  • H2 blockers (ranitidine)
  • Proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole)

Does food or alcohol interact with Mucinum®?

Mucinum® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Mucinum®?

Mucinum® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Especially if you have:

  • Heart failure
  • Abnormal levels of fluids or electrolytes in your body
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Undiagnosed stomach pain
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Appendicitis
  • Severe constipation
  • Stomach, intestinal, or rectal bleeding
  • Intestinal blockage

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of Mucinum® for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Bowel Preparation:

The recommended dose is 5 to 15 mg (1 to 3 tablets) orally once a day as needed.

Usual Adult Dose for Constipation:

The recommended dose is 5 to 15 mg (1 to 3 tablets) orally once a day as needed.

Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.

What is the dose of Mucinum® for a child?

Usual Child Dose for Constipation

<6 years: Oral administration is not recommended, because of requirement to swallow tablets.

6-12 years: The recommended dose is 5 mg or 0.3 mg/kg orally at bedtime or before breakfast.

>12 years: The recommended dose is 5-15 mg orally at bedtime.

How is Mucinum® available?

Mucinum® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Mucinum® Tablet 5mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Mucinum®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: July 4, 2017 | Last Modified: July 4, 2017

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