By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is noscapine used for?

Noscapine is commonly used for the treatment of dry cough, prostate cancer, stroke and other conditions by acting in the brain through suppressing the cough reflex.

How should I take noscapine?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take noscapine by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using noscapine.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store noscapine?

Noscapine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store noscapine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of noscapine 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 noscapine 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 noscapine?

Before using noscapine, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to excipients using for dosage form containing noscapine.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with noscapine.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using noscapine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking noscapine. Noscapine is pregnancy risk category X, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from noscapine?

As taking others medicines, taking Noscapine can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are listed below:

  • Headache
  • Loss of coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hallucinations

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.


What drugs may interact with noscapine?

Noscapine 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.

These drug are:

  • Hypnotics
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
  • Warfarin

Does food or alcohol interact with noscapine?

Noscapine 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 noscapine?

Noscapine 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.


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

What is the dose of noscapine for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of noscapine.

Recommended dose for adults is 15 to 30 mg per day.

What is the dose of noscapine for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of noscapine.

Recommended doses for children in some cases can be 7.5 mg per day.

How is noscapine available?

Noscapine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 15 mg, 25 mg.

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 noscapine, 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.

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Review Date: January 7, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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