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What is Pholtex Mucus 200?

  • Pholtex Mucus 200 is an affordable effervescent mucolytic containing 200mg N-Acetylcysteine. 1,6
  • N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is rapidly absorbed by the body to break down and thin mucus, making it less thick and sticky and easier to clear out of the airways to relieve a phlegmy cough and sinus congestion. 1-7
  • Helpful in respiratory conditions associated with excessive mucus production such as viral upper respiratory tract infections (cold/flu), sinusitis, bronchitis, bronchiectasis and non infected secretions of cystic fibrosis (abnormally thick mucus not caused by a virus or bacteria). 1-3,5,8
  • Available in tasty orange flavour and is suitable for the whole family. 1

How to take Pholtex Mucus 200

Pholtex Mucus 200 contains 2 tubes of 10 effervescent tablets.

Dissolve an effervescent tablet in a glass of water

1 effervescent tablet three times daily.

Children: Under 2 years
1 effervescent tablet once daily.

Children 2 – 6 years
1 effervescent tablet twice daily.

What is Mucus?

Mucus is a normal, slippery, and stringy fluid substance produced by multiple tissues in the body.

Mucus and phlegm are produced by multiple tissues in the body to help protect from infection and prevent internal tissues from dehydrating .

When we breathe in, allergens, viruses, dust and other debris become trapped in the mucus or phlegm so that they can then be removed. Mucus also contains antibodies and enzymes that help fight off infections 9,10.

In healthy individuals’ mucus has a low viscosity (is thin) and is easily cleared from the lungs. When we become ill, excess mucus is produced which can become thicker and stickier than normal (has a higher viscosity) and can be harder to clear from the airways 10,11.

Thickened mucus and excess mucus production cause many unpleasant symptoms including: nasal congestion, sinus pressure and or cough 10,12.

The colour and consistency of mucus and phlegm can offer a clue as to what is happening in the body. Normal, healthy mucus is typically thin and clear while mucus that is white or yellow/green may indicate there is an infection 9,10.

What is a cough?

A cough is your body’s natural protective reflex that helps clear the airways of foreign particles or secretions that may block or irritate the airways. 13-15

In fact, it is one of the most common symptoms for which patients seek medical attention.There are 2 main types of cough: namely a wet cough (productive) and dry cough (non-productive). 13,14,16

It is important to understand what type of cough you have, to determine the best course of action and if necessary, what medication would be most effective in relieving your symptoms.

Dry, Irritating Coughs

A dry cough produces no phlegm and is usually tickling and irritating in nature 13,14.

Since a dry cough does not present with phlegm or mucus and the lungs do not have to cough it up, it serves no physiological useful purpose, and can therefore be suppressed, if there is no identifiable cause and if it is disruptive, e.g. disturbing your sleep 15.

A dry cough can be caused by viral upper respiratory tract infections (URTI), asthma, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, allergies, acute bronchitis and croup 13.

Antitussives suppress a dry cough and are beneficial when a cough impacts quality of life and to prevent complications such as persistent cough, fatigue and sleep deprivation16. Examples of cough suppressants ingredients include codeine and dextromethorphan 13.

Wet, Plegmy Coughs

A wet (productive) cough is a cough that produces mucus or phlegm 13,14. It is usually chesty and loose. A productive cough should be encouraged because it enables the clearance of secretions from the lower respiratory tract that if retained, could impair breathing and the ability of the lungs to resist infection 16.

A wet cough can be caused by various conditions including, an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, smoking, and pneumonia 13.

Pholtex Mucus 200 is an effervescent mucolytic containing N-Acetylcysteine which helps break down and thin mucus associated with a wet cough, making it easier to cough up. 1,4,5

What is Sinus Congesion?

Viral upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) like the common cold are the most common cause of sinusitis; a condition where sinuses (a space between your eyes, behind the cheekbones, and forehead, responsible to make mucus, which keeps the inside of your nose moist) become swollen and inflamed and resulting in excess mucus production 2,17.

Sinusitis can cause sinus congestion, making it difficult to breathe through your nose. It causes the feeling of a ‘blocked’ or ‘stuffy’ nose’ with sinus pressure around the nose and head 2,17.

Pholtex Mucus 200 is an effervescent mucolytic containing N-Acetylcysteine which helps break down and thin mucus within the nasal cavity, to reduce sinus congestion and its associated pain and pressure 1,4,5,19.

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