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MECYSTEINE HYDROCHLORIDE 100 MG GASTRO-RESISTANT TABLETS

Active substance(s): MECYSTEINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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RANBAXY
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

MECYSTEINE HYDROCHLORIDE 100 mg GASTRO-RESISTANT TABLETS

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
In this leaflet:
1.
What Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets are and
what they are used for
2.
Before you take Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
3.
How to take Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
4.
Possible side effects
5.
Storing Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
The name of your medicine is Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
and contain 100 mg of mecysteine hydrochloride.
Your tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose
anhydrous, povidone, magnesium stearate, heavy kaolin, stearic acid, polyvinylacetate
phthalate, acacia, gelatin, sucrose, calcium carbonate, talc, hydrated aluminium oxide,
titanium dioxide (E171), quinoline yellow (E104), sunset yellow (E110), white beeswax,
carnauba wax and shellac.
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Ranbaxy (UK) Limited, Building 4, Chiswick Park,
566 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 5YE, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer: Custom Pharmaceuticals Limited, Conway Street, Hove, East Sussex,
BN3 3LW.

1.

What Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets are and what
they are used for
Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets are used as an adjunct in
the management of conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD), when characterised by thick viscid or glutinous mucus, including the
symptomatic relief of cough with sputum.

Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets are round, biconvex,
yellow, sugar-coated tablets available in a pack size of 100 tablets.
Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets are used together with
other medicines to help in the treatment of conditions in which thick mucus is a
problem e.g. sinusitis (inflamed nasal tubes), secretory otitis media (discharge from
the middle ear) and in the symptomatic relief of cough with sputum.

2.

Before you take Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
Do not take Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets and
speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following apply to you:


You have previously had an allergic reaction to mecysteine, carbocysteine or Nacetylcysteine or to any of the tablet ingredients listed above.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if any of the
following apply to you:


You are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, or are breast feeding.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Mecysteine
Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
Your medicine contains lactose and sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicinal product.
Your medicine contains sunset yellow (E110) which may cause allergic reactions.

3.

How to take Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
Take your medicine as instructed by your doctor. Do not take more than the doctor
told you. Check the label carefully for how much to take and how often to take it.
Your pharmacist or doctor can help if you are not sure.
For Adults and the Elderly: 1-2 tablets three to four times daily before meals with
a little water. A rapid clinical effect can be achieved by giving 2 tablets 4 times daily
for the first 2 days of therapy.

The standard dose, 2 tablets 3 times a day, is given for 6 weeks and thereafter, the
dose should be reduced to 2 tablets twice daily.
For Children over 5 years: One tablet three times daily.
For Children under 5 years: Not recommended.
Swallow the tablets just as they are with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the
tablets as they are enteric coated.
If you take too many Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant
Tablets
If you have taken more Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
than you should, consult your doctor or go to the nearest hospital casualty
department immediately. Take this leaflet with you so your doctor will know what
you have taken.
If you forget to take your Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant
Tablets
If you forget to take Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets at
the right time, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do
not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses.

4.

Possible side effects
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are getting any untoward effects.

5.

Mecysteine Hydrochloride 100 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not take after the expiry date on the labelling.

This leaflet was last revised in October 2013.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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