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Carbocisteine is used along with other medications as adjunctive therapy to treat conditions of the respiratory tract which causes difficulty in breathing, including chronic obstructive airways disease.

How it works

Carbocisteine belongs to a class of medicines called mucolytics. It works by breaking down the mucus that is produced in the lungs. This helps to make the mucus less thick and sticky, so it is easier to cough up.

Common side effects

Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Shortness of breath, Rash, Wheezing


Expert advice

  • Seek immediate medical attention in case you experience skin rashes or bleeding from the stomach or intestine.
  • Do not consume this drug if you are allergic to carbocisteine or any of its ingredients.
  • Children and Adolescents should not consume this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is carbocisteine good for cough?
Yes, carbocisteine is used to treat cough.
Q. Does carbocisteine cause diarrhea?
No, carbocisteine is not known to cause diarrhea
Q. Does carbocisteine contain penicillin?
No, carbocisteine does not contain penicillin. 
Q. Is carbocisteine an antibiotic?
No, carbocisteine is not an antibiotic.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)