Dry cough is a very common occurrence. This is a symptom that is trivial in itself, but may have several causes. Dry cough does not produce sputum. The most common cause is irritation of the mucous membrane. Before using the first counter cough medicine, you should find out the mechanism of its action. So, "Mukaltin" with a dry cough.
The mechanism of drug action and composition
A dry cough can be caused by many diseases. Most often, it appears with a cold or respiratory infection and passes spontaneously. But sometimes a cough can significantly impair the quality of life, especially if it attacks at night, causing insomnia. In addition, there is a vicious circle - cough irritates the respiratory tract, which aggravates it.
Cough is not a disease, but a symptom, so the use of drugs to treat it is not recommended. However, when the cough is very painful and disrupts sleep, some drugs can help eliminate or soften it. One of these drugs are tablets "Mukaltin" - a tool based on the plant extract of the medicinal plant Althea. It is this active ingredient that determines the expectorant properties of the drug.
The Mukaltin tablets have a secretolytic effect, as a result of which bronchopulmonary secretion is normalized and the sputum secreted loses its viscosity and stickiness, which facilitates the process of its advancement up the airways and the subsequent expectoration.
Althaea also has anti-inflammatory properties. Enveloping the mucous surface of the respiratory tract, it soothes the irritation, which contributes to reducing the intensity of cough and the frequency of its attacks. Thus, Mukaltin is also a moderate antitussive.
Instructions for use of the drug
Before you begin the drug effects on dry cough, you must first consult your doctor or a qualified pharmacist. If you still decide to overcome the disease yourself, then carefully read the instructions for using "Mukaltin" with a dry cough.
Indications for use
Tablets are indicated for use in cases where acute or chronic respiratory diseases are accompanied by attacks of dry cough. At the same time, there is an abundant production of viscous sputum of a thick consistency, as well as difficulties in its separation and expectoration. This usually happens with diseases such as:
- bronchial asthma.
Who is contraindicated "Mukaltin"?
First of all it is necessary to pay attention that this drug is contraindicated in children under three years of age. In addition, you should avoid taking "Mukaltin" for pathologies such as:
- increased coagulation of blood and the tendency to form blood clots;
- severe kidney dysfunction;
- intolerance to fructose and drug components;
- malabsorption syndrome.
Main side effects:
- allergic manifestations in the form of urticaria or pruritus;
- in the most severe case, angioedema or anaphylactic shock is possible;
- feeling hot;
In the event of the side effects of the drug should immediately stop taking it.
The recommended dose for adults and adolescents from 12 years of age is one tablet 3 to 4 times a day. In this case, the best therapeutic effect is observed when taking pills every four hours. Take the pill before meals.
How to take "Mukaltin" tablets - swallow or dissolve? For better and faster absorption, the tablet must be chewed or wait until it is completely absorbed in the mouth.
The duration of treatment should not exceed 5-7 days. The need to extend the course of therapy and an additional dosage can only determine the doctor.
In some cases of chronic inflammatory lung disease, the opposite of the expected therapeutic effect from taking Mukaltin is observed. This is due to the increased separation of sputum, which is collected in the bronchi and contains a large number of elements that provoke an increase in its viscosity. Therefore, in case of severe diffusion bronchial lesions and reduction of mucociliary transport properties, it is recommended to supplement the therapeutic effect of "Mukaltin" with mucolytic drugs.
"Mukaltin" against dry cough in children
When dry cough in children "Mukaltin" is applied from the age of three. The tool is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases of a cold or viral nature. The drug may be given to children only by prescription of a pediatrician with an acute need for stimulation of the bronchioles and to achieve an expectorant effect with anti-inflammatory action.
The recommended disposable pediatric dosage is 0.5-1 tablets. Take the medicine should be at least three times a day for an hour before meals. The tablet can be given to children, having previously dissolved it in a small amount of liquid.
And remember: in order to recover and not harm, on any issues of the use of drugs is better to consult with a specialist. Be healthy!