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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Mucodyne (Carbocisteine)


Mucodyne (Carbocisteine)

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  • Product Details


    Mucodyne (carbocisteine) is a medication used to help with phlegm build up in your airways. It works by making the mucus less sticky so you can cough it up easily. You can buy Mucodyne as a 375mg capsule or as an oral syrup. Store your Mucodyne at room temperature.


    • Take Mucodyne without regard to meals.
    • If you forget to take a dose, do one of the following:
      • Take the dose as soon as you remember.
      • If your next dose is due within two hours, skip the dose you forgot and continue with your next dose.
    • Do not take two doses at the same time.
    • Adults and children can use Mucodyne. Here are the usual dosages:
      • Adults – Take two 375mg capsules three times per day. After your symptoms improve, your doctor might change your dose to one 375mg capsule four times per day.
      • Children:
        • Age 2-4 years old – Give 1.25mL – 2.5mL of syrup four times per day
        • Age 5-11 years old – Give 5mL of syrup three times per day
        • Age 12-17 years old – Give 15mL of syrup three times per day


    The active ingredient in Mucodyne is carbocisteine. A complete list of inactive ingredients found in Mucodyne capsules can be found here.

    Fact Table
    Formula C5H9NO4S
    License US FDA
    Routes of administration By mouth
    Legal status US: Rx Only
    Chemical Name Carbocisteine
    Elimination half-life -
    Dosage (Strength) 375mg
    Pregnancy Risk not ruled out
    Brands Mucodyne
    Protein binding -
    PubChem CID 193653
    MedlinePlus -
    ChEBI 16163
    ATC code R05CB03
    DrugBank DB04339
    KEGG D06393
    Bioavailability -


    • If you have a stomach ulcer, talk to your doctor about the risks of using Mucodyne.
    • Do not use Mucodyne if you are allergic to carbocisteine or any of the ingredients of Mucodyne.
    • Talk to your doctor before using Mucodyne if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
    • Stop taking Mucodyne and immediately contact your doctor if you experience blood in your vomit or dark tarry stool.
    • Mucodyne can interact with other drugs. Talk to your physician about any medications you currently use.

    Side Effects

    Mucodyne side effects might include:

    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • Gastrointestinal Discomfort

    Other Considerations

    • Mucodyne cost may vary depending on the formulation and quantity you buy.
    • Mucodyne can take up to four weeks to improve your symptoms.
    • You can learn more about buying inexpensive medications online here.


    1. Carbocysteine. (n.d.). Retrieved March 22, 2020
    2. Carbocisteine. (2020). Retrieved March 22, 2020
    3. Mucodyne 375mg CAPSULES. (2019). Retrieved March 22, 2020

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12320

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