Cough medicine "Mukaltin" is made on the basis of polysaccharides contained in the root of the Althea officinalis. Extraction of mucus from this root possess expectorant, anti-spasmodic properties help to soften the cough and protect the lungs and bronchial tubes irritation. In addition to extracts of marshmallow root, Mukaltin" contains auxiliary substances: calcium stearate, food acid tartaric and sodium bicarbonate, which helps to liquefy phlegm and increases the secretion in the bronchi.
"Mukaltin" produced by the pharmaceutical factories and are sold through the retail pharmacy network. Can be represented by drugs in the form of tablets or granules. Tablets dosed at 0.05 g, have a sour taste, sharp smell, the color can be light grey, and dark brown with small patches or marbling.
"Mukaltin" is used for a number of diseases: bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, tracheitis, bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis. To take it adults 1-2 tablets 3-4 times daily before meals with water. The granular drug is taken 15 minutes before meals, first it must be diluted in two tablespoons of water.
As to "Mukaltin" children
Despite the fact that this drug is produced on the basis of the plant Althaea officinalis and practically does not cause allergic reactions, you should know how to take "Mukaltin". So, doctors do not recommend to use it in the treatment of cough in babies up to 1 year. Children from 1 to 12 is assigned to the reduced dose of 0.25 g or half tablets of 0.05 g. For best effect before make "Mukaltin", the tablet should be dissolve in water at room temperature. To ensure that the medicine is not bitter, you can add syrup or fruit juice. "Mukaltin" should not take more than 2 weeks, if the cough persists, you need to contact the pediatrician.
Contraindications. "Mukaltin" contraindicated in children with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and diabetes. Can also be identified individual intolerance of the drug, with which to cancel the appointment and consult a doctor.
As to "Mukaltin" during pregnancy
To date, scientists have not detected harmful effects "Mukaltin" on the fetus in the womb, however, when taking this medicine during pregnancy there are certain rules that will help to avoid undesirable consequences. The drug is strictly not recommended to pregnant women in 1 and 3 trimester, while the remaining terms can be administered only by a physician with setting a strict dosage and frequency of administration. You can't take "Mukaltin" with the threat of termination of pregnancy, morning sickness, and expectant mothers with diabetes.
Per day, pregnant women are recommended to take no more than 0.1 g (1-2 tablets), thus dividing the intake by 3-4 times. In General, "Mukaltin" as mucolytic agent is quite frequently prescribed for pregnant women with a strong cough, but make it your own, without your doctor's approval, not worth it. But nursing mothers are strictly prohibited. This is due to some peculiarities of the main component of the drug – marshmallow.