Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: For the treatment of bronchopulmonary diseases or conditions associated with excessive mucous secretion: 8 mg tid as needed, may be increased to 16 mg tid for the 1st 7 days.
Child: 2-5 years 2 mg tid or 4 mg bid (Max: 8 mg daily); 6-11 years 4-8 mg tid (Max: 24 mg daily); ≥12 years Same as adult dose. Treatment or dosage recommendations may vary among countries and individual products (refer to detailed product guideline).
May be taken with or without food.
Special Precautions
Patient with existing or history of gastric ulceration; asthma. Severe renal and hepatic impairment. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Rarely, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain.
Immune system disorders: Hypersensitivity reaction (including anaphylactic reaction and shock, angioedema, bronchospasm).
Investigations: Increased serum amino transaminase (transient).
Nervous system disorders: Headache, dizziness.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Rash, sweating, urticaria, pruritus.
Drug Interactions
Enhances the penetration of antibiotic agents (e.g. amoxicillin, erythromycin, cefuroxime) into bronchial secretions.
Mechanism of Action: Bromhexine is a mucolytic agent that acts on the mucus gland in the respiratory tract to change the structure of bronchial secretion. It enhances the transport of mucus by reducing its viscosity and increases cilia activity resulting in enhanced mucociliary clearance. This secretolytic and secretomotor effect in the bronchial tract facilitates expectoration and relieves cough.
Absorption: Rapidly and completely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Bioavailability: Approx 22.2 ± 8.5% (tab); 26.8 ± 13.1% (oral solution). Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1 hour.
Distribution: Crosses blood brain-barrier; placenta (small amounts). Plasma protein binding: 95% (unchanged drug).
Metabolism: Almost completely metabolised to a variety of hydroxylated metabolites, including ambroxol and dibromanthranilic acid. Undergoes extensive hepatic first-pass metabolism.
Excretion: Via urine (approx 97.4 ± 1.9%; <1% as unchanged drug). Terminal elimination half-life: 6.6-31.4 hours (single dose).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Bromhexine, CID=2442, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store below 30°C. Protect from light. Storage recommendations may vary among individual products. Refer to detailed product guidelines.
MIMS Class
Cough & Cold Preparations
ATC Classification
R05CB02 - bromhexine ; Belongs to the class of mucolytics. Used in the treatment of wet cough.
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