Vijayaganesh Kasinathan
Written & Compiled by Pharmacist Vijayaganesh Kasinathan, B.Pharm, M.Pharm
Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Sep 19, 2017
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General Information on Acebrophylline

Generic Name : Acebrophylline

Latest prescription information about Acebrophylline. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Overview of Acebrophylline

• Acebrophylline is used for its mucoregulative action and anti-inflammatory properties in the respiratory tract.

Why is Acebrophylline Prescribed? (Indications)

Acebrophylline is prescribed to reduce the irritation, swelling, and narrowing of the bronchial tubes in patients with asthma, severe or chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)and tightness of the chest.

It helps in reducing the viscosity of the mucus in the airway and facilitates breathing.  

When should Acebrophylline not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients in:

• Allergy to xanthine derivatives and ambroxol
• Low blood pressure or heart attack or abnormal heart rhythms
• Liver or kidney impairment

What is the dosage of Acebrophylline?

• The recommended dosage for adults in treating COPD and bronchial asthma is 100 mg twice daily.

• Child dosage of acebrophylline syrup (50mg/5ml):

Below 2 years of age : 2.5 ml twice daily
2 - 5 years of age : 2.5ml three times daily
Above 5 years : 5 ml twice daily or as directed by the physician

How should Acebrophylline be taken?

• Acebrophylline is available in the form of a capsule, tablet and syrup.
• This drug should be taken orally with food to avoid gastric discomfort.

What are the warnings and precautions for Acebrophylline?

• Special precautions should be observed in patients suffering from seizures, cardiac insufficiency and gastro-intestinal disorders.

• Acebrophylline-induced angioedema, a serious allergic reaction, could occur

• Caution is advised in patients with hyperthyroidism, that is, high thyroid hormone levels since it can cause cardiac side effects

What are the side effects of Acebrophylline?

•  Gastro-intestinal: Abdominal discomfort, esophageal bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite
•  Central Nervous System: Headache, drowsiness
•  Respiratory: Difficulty or shortness in breathing
•  Skin: Rashes, itching
•  Others: Fever with chills, elevated white blood cell count, changes in blood pressure, numbness in the arm

What are the other precautions for Acebrophylline?

• Avoid excess dosage.

What are the Drug Interactions of Acebrophylline?

Acebrophylline could be involved in the following drug interactions:

• Plasma concentration of acebrophylline may be increased with the concomitant administration of drugs like quinolones, cimetidine, erythromycin, oxytetracycline, lincomycin, and cephalexin
• Interaction with reserpine results in an increase in heart rate. Reserpine though, is rarely used nowadays
• Barbiturates such as phenytoin may reduce the plasma concentration and therefore the effectiveness of acebrophylline
• Concomitant use with frusemide increases diuresis, as a result of which the patient will have to pass urine more often
• Acebrophylline can worsen low blood potassium levels caused by drugs like steroids

What are the storage conditions for Acebrophylline?

• Store in a cool, dry place. Protect from heat and moisture.
• Keep away from the reach of children.

Last Updated : Jul 2018

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