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    Information about Acebrophylline

    Acebrophylline uses

    Acebrophylline is used in the treatment and prevention of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    How acebrophylline works

    Acebrophylline is a mucolytic and bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles of the airways and also thins and loosens mucus, making it easier to breathe.

    Common side effects of acebrophylline

    Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Abdominal upset, Restlessness
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Acebrophylline

    • You have been prescribed Acebrophylline for prevention and treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
    • It should be taken at the same time each day, preferably in the evening after food.
    • It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems. Always keep a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler with you.
    • Your doctor may take regular blood test to monitor potassium level and the level of this medicine in your body.
    • Notify your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney, liver or heart disease, or if you have a smoking history. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
    • Do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor, even if you feel better.

    Frequently asked questions for Acebrophylline


    Q. When should Acebrophylline be avoided?

    Acebrophylline should be avoided in patients who are allergic to ambroxol, Acebrophylline, or theophylline. Along with that, patients suffering from low blood pressure, irregular heart beats or rhythm or history of heart attack, liver disease or kidney disorder should avoid taking Acebrophylline.

    Q. How should Acebrophylline be taken?

    Acebrophylline should be taken strictly as advised by the doctor. To avoid an upset stomach it should be taken with food.

    Q. Is it okay to take furosemide along with Acebrophylline?

    One should take proper caution if you are taking furosemide along with Acebrophylline. This is because the combined use of these medicines may decrease the levels of potassium. Hence, regular monitoring of potassium levels is required.

    Q. Does birth control pills have any effect on Acebrophylline?

    If you are taking birth control pills, dose of Acebrophylline need to be reduced as birth control pills may interfere with clearance of Acebrophylline, increasing its levels and chances of side effects.

    Q. Is Acebrophylline the same as theophylline?

    Acebrophylline comprises of theophylline-7 acetate and ambroxol which makes it effective in making the mucus more fluid and clearing the airways easily, thereby making breathing easier. This effect of Acebrophylline works as an added advantage over theophylline. Moreover, it also reduces the need for other medicine used to treat asthma, like salbutamol.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)