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Composition for BIODEX BR


food interaction for BIODEX BR

alcohol interaction for BIODEX BR

pregnancy interaction for BIODEX BR

lactation interaction for BIODEX BR

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Biodex br syrup may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.




Guaifenesin is used to relieve cough and chest congestion.

How it works

Guaifenesin belongs to a class of agents called expectorants. It works by thinning the mucus in the air passages to make it easier to cough up the mucus and clear the airways.

Common side effects

Nausea, Itchy rash, Hypersensitivity reaction, Stomach pain, Diarrhoea, Vomiting


Terbutaline is used to treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). It may also be used in premature labor.

How it works

Terbutaline belongs to a class of medications called beta agonists. It works by relaxing and opening the airways, making it easier to breathe.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Palpitations, Drowsiness, Chest pain, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Shortness of breath, Headache, Increased sweating, Insomnia, Tachycardia, Heart rate irregular, Throat tightness, Tremor, Weakness


Bromhexine is used to treat breathing difficulties caused by excessive mucus secretions in the air passages associated with respiratory tract infections.

How it works

Bromhexine belongs to the class of medications called as expectorants/mucolytic agents. It acts by thinning the mucus which facilitates expectoration and eases cough.

Common side effects

Irritation of ear, Allergic skin rash, Dizziness, Headache


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Expert advice for BIODEX BR

  • Do not take guaifenesin if you have known allergy to it.
  • Stop guaifenesin and consult your doctor immediately if you develop breathing difficulty swelling on your face, neck throat or tongue (severe allergic reactions).
  • Do not take guaifenesin if you are taking more than one cough and cold medicine.
  • Consult your doctor before you start taking guaifenesin if you have asthma, inflammation of air passages (bronchitis), lung disorder in which the flow of air to the lungs is blocked (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) such as emphysema, smokers cough,  porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin and other organs).
  • Consult your doctor before you start guaifenesin if you are suffering from liver or kidney problems, or if you are taking alcohol.
  • Guaifenesin should not be combined with cough suppressants in the treatment of cough.
  • Consult your doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve within 7 days, tend to recur, or are accompanied by a fever, rash, or persistent headache.
  • It is important to tell your doctor, while undergoing urine tests, if have recently taken or are taking guaifenesin as it can affect some results.
  • Do not take guaifenesin if you are pregnant or breast feeding unless it is advised by your doctor.
  • Use within 4 weeks of opening the bottle; discard after 4 weeks of opening even if not used (consult your pharmacist for the procedure to dispose).

Frequently asked questions for BIODEX BR


Q. What is Guaifenesin used for?
Guaifenesin is an expectorant, mainly used to relieve chest congestion by aiding the removal of mucus.
Q. What is Ascoril+/Ascoril LS/ Ascorl D cough syrup?
Ascoril+ cough syrup contains terbutaline, while Ascorl LS contails levosalbutamol. In addition both syrups contain bromhexine and guaifenesin and are used to relieve cough due to acute and chronic inflammation of the airways (bronchitis) and other cough conditions.
Ascoril D is a medicine for dry cough and it does not contain guaifenesin.
Q. Is Ascoril+ an antibiotic?
No, Ascoril+ cough syrup contains terbutaline, bromhexine and guaifenesin. It does not contain any antibiotic.
Q. Does Ascoril+/ Ascoril LS cause drowsiness?
No, terbutaline, levosalbutamol, bromhexine and guaifenesin do not cause any drowsiness. Hence, Ascoril+ or Ascoril LS syrup does not cause drowsiness.
Q. How long can I take guaifenesin?
Consult your doctor for use more than 7 days.
Q. Can I take guaifenesin if I have high blood pressure?
Guaifenesin should not be taken by individuals with high blood pressure 
Q. Can I take guaifenesin with phenylephrine, ibuprofen, amoxicillin and paracetamol (acetaminophen)?
There are no known drug interactions between phenylephrine, ibuprofen, amoxicillin and paracetamol (acetaminophen) and guaifenesin. However, consult your doctor about all medications currently taken before starting and while on guaifenesin.
Q. Can I take guaifenesin with Sudafed (pseudoephedrine-decongestant preparation) and Dayquil (OTC cold and cough preparation), Benadryl, benzonatate?
Guaifenesin can be taken with other cold and cough preparation including Sudafed, Dayquil, Benadryl and benzonatate . However, other formulations containing guaifenesin must be avoided to avoid a double dose. Also, guaifenesin should not be combined with cough suppressants in the treatment of cough since the combination would not be logical and you may be exposed to unnecessary side effects. 


Q. Is terbutaline a steroid/ corticosteroid/ a catecholamine/ a narcotic/ cough syrup?
Terbutaline (also available as Bricanyl, Brozedex and in combination as Asthakind) belongs to a class of medications called beta agonists. It is used to prevent and treat wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. It is not a corticosteroid, catecholamine or a narcotic.
Q. Is terbutaline FDA approved/ available over the counter?
Terbutaline is FDA approved drug and available only by prescription given by your doctor.
Q. Is Bricanyl the same as Ventolin/ better than Ventolin?
Terbutaline (Bricanyl) and salbutamol (Ventolin) belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response.
Q. Is Bricanyl a preventer or reliever?
Terbutaline (Bricanyl) is a reliever inhaler, as it relieves asthma attack.
Q. Does terbutaline cause autism/ cause diarrhea/ cause hyperglycemia/ cause respiratory depression/ make you tired/ cause weight gain/ make you fat/ raise blood pressure?
Terbutaline may cause hyperglycemia and increased heart rate. It is not known to cause other side effects mentioned. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of the side effects when taking terbutaline.


Q. Is Bromhexine an antihistamine?
No, Bromhexineis not an antihistamine.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 October, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)