Advanced search

Report side effect

Report a suspected side effect or falsified product to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme.
Go to {yellow_card_logo} site
{arrow_up} Back to top

Carbocisteine 250 mg/ 5 ml syrup

Active Ingredient:
Typharm Limited See contact details
ATC code: 
About Medicine
{healthcare_pro_orange} This information is for use by healthcare professionals
Last updated on emc: 10 Jul 2020
1. Name of the medicinal product

Carbocisteine 250 mg/ 5 ml syrup

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each 5 ml of Carbocisteine contains 250 mg of carbocisteine.

Excipient(s) with known effect:

Each 5 ml of Carbocisteine contains 7.5 mg of methyl parahydroxybenzoate.

Each 5 ml of Carbocisteine contains 2877.5 mg of sucrose.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form


Yellow- amber liquid.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Carbocisteine is a mucolytic agent for the adjunctive therapy of respiratory tract disorders characterised by excessive, viscous mucus, including chronic obstructive airways disease.

4.2 Posology and method of administration



Dosage is based upon an initial daily dosage of 2250 mg carbocisteine in divided doses, reducing to 1500 mg daily in divided doses when a satisfactory response is obtained e.g. for normal syrup 15 ml 3 times a day reducing to 10 ml 3 times a day.

Paediatric population

2 - 5 years: 1.25 - 2.5ml, four times a day.

6 - 12 years: 5 ml, three times a day.

Carbocisteine is contraindicated in children aged less than 2 years.

Method of administration

Use the measuring device to measure the appropriate amount, whether its use is for an adult or a child. The syringe for oral administration is graduated per 0.25ml. One graduation, 0.25ml corresponds to 12.5mg of carbocisteine.

How to use the syringe:

Step 1: Check the measurements on the side of the syringe to see how much to fill it.

Step 2: Push the syringe's plunger all the way down. Then put the tip of the syringe into the medicine bottle.

Step 3: Slowly pull back on the plunger until the syringe fills to the appropriate mark.

Make sure there are not any large air bubbles in the syringe. If there are, empty the syringe and try again.

Step 4: Place the end of the syringe into the mouth against the cheek and carefully press the plunger down slowly to gently release the medicine. After use replace the bottle cap. Wash the syringe in warm water and allow to dry. Store out of the reach of children.

4.3 Contraindications

Use in children less than 2 years of age.

Use in patients with active peptic ulceration.

Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Special precautions:

- Asthmatic patients with a history of bronchospasm;

- Severe respiratory failure;

- Debilitated patients. By decreasing the cough reflex there is a risk of obstruction of the airways as a consequence of the secretions amount increase.

The use of Carbocisteine implies a decrease in the mucus viscosity and removal, either through the ciliary activity of the epithelium, or by the cough reflex. Therefore it is expected an increase of cough and sputum. This association of this medicine with antitussive medication is not recommended.

Caution is advised in the administration of carbocisteine in individuals susceptible to gastroduodenal ulcers, as mucolytics have the capacity to destroy the gastric mucosal barrier.

This medicine contains sucrose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take this medicine.

This medicine contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate. May cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

No drug interactions have been identified

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Although tests in mammalian species have revealed no teratogenic effects, is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy.


It is unknown whether carbocisteine/metabolites are excreted in human milk.


There is no known relevant data available on the effects of carbocisteine on fertility.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Carbocisteine has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Adverse reactions listed by System Organ Class. Frequencies are defined using the following convention: very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1000 to ≤ 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to ≤ 1/1,000); very rare (≤ 1/10,000); not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

System Organ Class


Adverse reaction

Cardiac disorders



Endocrine Disorders

Not known


Gastrointestinal disorders


Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Very rare

Gastrointestinal bleeding.

Not known

Gastric discomfort.

Immune system disorders


Urticaria and bronchospasm.**

Very rare


Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders


Muscle pain

Nervous system disorders


Headache, dizziness, urinary incontinence, palpitations.

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders


Shortness of breath.

Not known


Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Not known

Stevens-Johnsons syndrome, erythema multiforme.

* Special attention in patients with compromised thyroid function due to the risk of transient hypothyroidism occurrence.

** Special attention in asthmatic patients due to the risk of bronchoconstriction occurrence (contraction of a muscle of the bronchial wall that leads to a reduction in airflow). In these cases, treatment discontinuation is recommended.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at:

4.9 Overdose

Gastrointestinal disturbance (gastralgias, nausea and vomiting) are the most likely symptoms of Carbocisteine overdosage.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Mucolytic, ATC code: R05CB03

Carbocisteine (S-carboxymethyl L-cysteine) has been shown in normal and bronchitic animal models to affect the nature and amount of mucus glycoprotein which is secreted by the respiratory tract. An increase in the acid:neutral glycoprotein ratio of the mucus and a transformation of serous cells to mucus cells is known to be the initial response to irritation and will normally be followed by hypersecretion. The administration of carbocisteine to animals exposed to irritants indicates that the glycoprotein that is secreted remains normal; administration after exposure indicates that return to the normal state is accelerated. Several studies have demonstrated that carbocisteine reduces goblet cell hyperplasia. Carbocisteine can therefore be demonstrated to have a role in the management of disorders characterised by abnormal mucus.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Carbocisteine is rapidly absorbed from the GI tract. Equilibrium pharmacokinetics were established in healthy volunteers following administration of carbocisteine 375 mg capsules, 2 capsules t.d.s. for seven days. The mean Tmax was 2.0 hours (range 1.0 – 3.0); T½ 1.87 hours (range 1.4 – 2.5); KEL 0.387 hour-1 (range 0.28 – 0.50) and AUC0-7.5 was 39.26 (range 26.0 – 62.4). Values for derived pharmacokinetic values were CLS 331 ml.min-1; VD 105.2 L and VD 1.4 L/Kg.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

There are no preclinical data of relevance to the prescriber, which are additional to those already included in other sections of the SmPC.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients


Caramel (E150)

Gooseberry flavour

Sodium hydroxide (for pH- adjustment)

Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)

Purified water

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

2 years.

After opening, use within 3 months.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25° C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

200 ml or 300 ml type III amber glass bottles, with a white plastic inviolable closure HDPE/LDPE cap and a measuring device (oral syringe with polyethylene plunger and polypropylene cylinder with 5 ml capacity)

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Amdeepcha Limited,

85 Yarmouth Road,

Blofield, Norwich,

Norfolk NR13 4LQ, United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 19255/0018

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


Typharm Limited
Company image
Unit 1, 39 Mahoney Green, Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6JY
+44 (0)1603 722480
+44 (0)1603 263804
Medical Information Direct Line
+44 (0)2037 694160
Medical Information e-mail
[email protected]
Customer Care direct line
+44 (0)1603 722480
Stock Availability
+44 (0)1603 722480