This medicine is contains the active ingredient butamirate which belongs to a group of medicines called antitussives. These medicines reduce the cough reflex. Butamirate is prescribed for the symptomatic treatment of dry coughs that do not produce phlegm or mucus on the chest.
Is Butamirate suitable for me?
Butamirate is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are hypersensitive (allergic) to butamirate or to any of the other ingredients of the medicine
- if you have a productive cough (cough with expectoration)
- if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy
- if you are using any other cough and cold medicines
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- suffer from a chronic or persistent cough
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- are taking medicines that make expectoration easier and break down thick secretions
Butamirate interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Butamirate?
This medicine is available in form of modified-release tablet and syrup.
You should take butamirate exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. You will be prescribed your dose according to your needs.
Children over 12 years: 1-2 tablets a day.
Adults: 1 tablet every 8 to 12 hours.
Adults: The recommended dose is 72 mg, 3 times 2 tablespoons (30 ml).
Children over 12 years: 48 mg or, 4 × 3 dosage spoons (15 ml).
Children 6 to 12 years: 36 mg or 3 x 3 dosage spoons (15 ml).
Children 3 to 6 years: 24 mg or 3 x 2 dosing spoons (10 ml).
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Butamirate side effects?
Like all medicines butamirate can cause side effects, including:
- nausea and diarrhea
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.