Bisolvon® Chesty Forte Oral Liquid
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
It does not contain all available information, nor does it take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last updated on the date at the end of this leaflet. More recent information may be available. The latest Consumer Medicine Information is available from your pharmacist, doctor, or from www.medicines.org.au and may contain important information about the medicine and its use of which you should be aware.
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To find out more about Bisolvon Chesty Forte:
You should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about Bisolvon Chesty Forte, or if you have any trouble before, during or after using Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
What Bisolvon Chesty Forte is used for
Bisolvon Chesty Forte is used in conditions where breathing is difficult because there are a lot of secretions (also referred to as mucus) in your air passages. Such conditions include:
- common cold
- infections of the respiratory tract.
Bisolvon Chesty Forte contains double strength bromhexine hydrochloride, which thins and loosens mucus to help clear stubborn chest congestion. Relieves chesty coughs and breathing difficulties due to excess mucus in cold, flu and respiratory tract infections.
Before you take Bisolvon Chesty Forte
When you must not take Bisolvon Chesty Forte
Do not take Bisolvon Chesty Forte if you are allergic to bromhexine or to any of the other ingredients in Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
These ingredients are listed in full at the end of this leaflet (see Ingredients).
Do not take Bisolvon Chesty Forte if you have fructose intolerance.
If you are not sure if you have these allergies or this condition, you should raise those concerns with your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use Bisolvon Chesty products in children under 6 years of age (see Children).
You should not use Bisolvon Chesty Forte after the EXPIRY DATE on the carton or bottle. If you take this medicine after the expiry date, it may not work as well.
Do not use Bisolvon Chesty Forte if the cap seal is broken or the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to take Bisolvon Chesty Forte
If you have a persistent or chronic cough such as coughs occurring with smoking, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or cough accompanied by excess phlegm, consult your doctor before taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
Before taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte, you must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have, or have had, any of the following conditions:
- liver problems
- kidney problems
- stomach ulcers.
If you are not sure if you have, or have had, any of these conditions, you should raise those concerns with your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using Bisolvon Chesty Forte, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, obtained with or without a doctor’s prescription. Bisolvon Chesty Forte may increase the amount of antibiotic penetration. Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections.
Ask for your doctor's advice if you are pregnant, or likely to become pregnant during your course of medication. Special care is recommended during pregnancy. The benefits of Bisolvon Chesty Forte must be assessed against any risks. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Bisolvon Chesty Forte while you are pregnant.
The use of Bisolvon Chesty Forte during the first trimester is not recommended.
Ask for your doctor’s advice if you are breastfeeding, or likely to breastfeed during your course of medication.
Bisolvon Chesty Forte is expected to enter the breast milk.
It is not recommended that Bisolvon Chesty Forte be taken by women who are breastfeeding.
Do not use Bisolvon Chesty Forte in children under 6 years of age. Use in children 6 – 11 years only on the advice of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner.
Taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte
Use the enclosed measuring cup to measure the doses correctly.
The recommended doses for Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid in adults and children are stated below:
Adults and children over 12 years:
5 mL three times a day when necessary.
This dose can be increased to 10 mL three times a day for the first 7 days.
Children 6 – 11 years of age:
5 mL three times a day when necessary.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information if you have been advised to take a different dose.
If you have taken too much Bisolvon Chesty Forte
Immediately telephone your doctor, pharmacist or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26 in Australia; 0800 764 766 in New Zealand) if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
While you are taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte
When you take Bisolvon Chesty Forte, you may notice an increase in thin watery mucus from your air passages. This is common when you take Bisolvon Chesty Forte and is due to the way Bisolvon Chesty Forte works, helping to remove mucus by making it easier to cough up.
The maximum recommended daily dose of Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid for children 6 – 11 years of age (15 mL) contains at least 3.75 g of maltitol and up to 0.6 g of sorbitol.
The maximum recommended adult daily dose (30 mL) of Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid contains at least 7.5 g of maltitol and up to 1.2 g of sorbitol.
Products containing maltitol and sorbitol may have a laxative effect or cause diarrhoea in some people. This is more likely if several products containing maltitol, sorbitol or related substances are consumed at the same time.
Things you must do
If your symptoms persist, you should contact your doctor for further advice. Your doctor will assess your condition and decide if you should continue to take Bisolvon Chesty Forte or if a new treatment plan is needed.
Stop taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any skin reaction with severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose or genitals. These may be symptoms of a severe allergic reaction that requires urgent medical attention.
There have been very rare reports of severe skin reactions such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Lyell’s Syndrome with products containing bromhexine.
Effects on ability to drive or operate machinery
When used as recommended, and when there are no side effects, Bisolvon Chesty Forte is not known to have any effect on the ability to drive or operate machinery.
You should be aware that all medicines carry some risks and that all possible risks may not be known at this stage despite thorough testing.
Ask for the advice of your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about the effects of taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
Side effects from Bisolvon Chesty Forte include:
- stomach pain
- other mild stomach problems
- temporary rise in some liver enzyme levels.
Serious allergic reactions have occurred with the use of Bisolvon Chesty Forte. Symptoms of allergic reactions may include:
- skin rashes, including pinkish, itchy swellings (also called hives)
- difficulty in breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you experience any side effects during or after taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte, so that these may be properly treated.
In addition, unexpected effects, not listed above, can occur with any medicine.
You should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything unusual, during or after taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte.
After taking Bisolvon Chesty Forte
Bisolvon Chesty Forte should be kept in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store in direct sunlight or heat. For example, do not leave it in the car on hot days.
Keep Bisolvon Chesty Forte where children cannot reach it.
What is Bisolvon Chesty Forte
Bisolvon Chesty Forte is the brand name of your medicine. The Oral Liquid is a clear to almost clear and colourless to almost colourless solution with an aroma of chocolate and cherry.
Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid is available in bottles containing 200 mL with a tamper-evident cap.
Each carton is labelled with the Australian Registration Number AUST R 133204.
Each 5 mL of Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid contains bromhexine hydrochloride 8 mg.
The other ingredients contained in Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid are:
- maltitol solution
- benzoic acid
- chocolate flavour 96534-33
- cherry flavour 96323-33
- purified water.
Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid is made in France.
Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid is supplied in Australia by:
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PTY LIMITED
ABN 52 000 452 308
78 Waterloo Road
North Ryde NSW 2113
Bisolvon Chesty Forte Oral Liquid is supplied in New Zealand by:
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM (N.Z.) LIMITED
This leaflet was revised in December 2012.
Bisolvon is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim.
© Boehringer Ingelheim Pty Limited 2012
Published by MIMS April 2013