Osipect: a bronchodilator and expectorant

Osipect is one of the most popular medicines used to expand the airways and reduce coughing and symptoms of flu and colds. Below we learn about its components, its mechanism of action, side effects resulting from its use, and more other important information.


  • This medicine is available as a syrup to be taken by mouth.
  • It contains the active ingredients terbutaline sulfate, diphenhydramine hydrochloride and guaifenesin.
  • It is used in cases of shortness of breath, coughing, and symptoms of cold and flu.
  • It is used only under the supervision of a doctor to determine its suitability for the condition.

What are the ingredients of Ocipect medicine?

Terbutaline Sulfate:

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It is an active substance that belongs to the category of bronchodilator drugs known as beta2-adrenergic receptor agonists (Beta2 agonists), which work by affecting the beta receptors present in the smooth muscles of the bronchi, which leads to relaxation of these muscles and thus improves air passage and reduces shortness of breath.

Each teaspoon (5 ml) of syrup contains 1.5 mg of the active ingredient terbutaline.

Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride:

It is an active substance that belongs to a class of drugs known as first-generation antihistamines, which work to reduce the effect of histamine, which causes allergy symptoms, by affecting H1-type histamine receptors.

This substance affects histamine receptors in the brain, and therefore causes drowsiness.

Each teaspoon (5 ml) of syrup contains 14 mg of the active ingredient diphenhydramine.


It is an effective substance that belongs to the category of expectorants, which works to reduce the viscosity of mucus so that it is easier to get rid of, so it is effective in removing mucous secretions from the airways.

Each teaspoon (5 ml) of syrup contains 50 mg of the active ingredient guaifenesin.

One bottle of this medicine contains 120 ml of syrup, and it is produced by the Chemical Industries Development Company (CID).

What are the indications for the use of Osipect?

This medicine is used for each of the following cases:

  • Bronchial obstruction, as it works to prevent and relieve bronchospasm in patients suffering from asthma attacks and other bronchial disorders that cause shortness of breath.
  • Cough and other symptoms of congestion such as runny nose and sneezing.
  • Hay fever and other allergic conditions affecting the upper respiratory tract.
  • Infections of the mucous membranes associated with colds, influenza, or throat infections.


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Osipect cough medicine

This medicine can be used for cases of cough associated with diseases of the respiratory system, as well as in cases of cough associated with colds or flu, as this medicine helps to expand the bronchi to facilitate breathing in addition to its ability to reduce the viscosity of sputum and facilitate its expulsion from the body.

Osipect for children

This syrup can be used for children from 6 years of age in cases of shortness of breath resulting from bronchoconstriction, as well as in cases of cough associated with respiratory allergies, hay fever, or colds and influenza.

What is the dose of Osipect syrup?

Dosage of Ocipect cough medicine for adults:

2 teaspoons (10 ml) of syrup up to 3 times daily, up to 15 ml 3 times daily as determined by the doctor.

Doses are adjusted in cases of impaired renal function, according to the case.

Dosage of Osipect syrup for children:

The dose is calculated according to the child’s weight as follows: 0.25 ml per 1 kg of the child’s weight up to 3 times.

The usual dose for children over 6 years of age: 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.

How to use Osipect syrup medicine?

The dose is taken orally according to what is determined by the doctor according to the age and condition of the patient, and it is not used for long periods of time except after consulting the doctor.

Caution should be taken when taking the dose before driving or performing dangerous tasks, as the medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness after taking it.

What are the side effects of Ocipect syrup?

Taking this medicine may cause some side effects, such as:

  • A slight tremor in the hand.
  • muscle cramps
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Headache.
  • lightheadedness or dizziness;
  • drowsiness.
  • Sleep or behavior disturbances.
  • skin itching
  • Reduction of Blood pressure.
  • Dryness of the mouth, nose and throat.
  • Urinary retention or difficulty urinating.

You should stop taking the medicine and consult a doctor immediately if any of the symptoms that indicate an allergy to any of the components of the medicine appear, including swelling of the face and tongue, difficulty breathing, and severe skin itching.

What are the contraindications for the use of Osipect treatment?

It is forbidden to take Osipect in cases of:

  • Hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.
  • Hypertension.
  • Coronary artery disease.
  • glaucoma
  • Prostate enlargement.
  • Fructose intolerance or malabsorption of glucose and galactose.
  • Children under two years old.

You should consult a doctor before taking this medicine in cases of:

  • Cardiovascular patients.
  • Patients with hyperthyroidism.
  • Low potassium in the blood.
  • Hepatic or renal impairment or urinary retention.

Osipect and pregnancy

It is not recommended to use this drug during pregnancy unless the expected benefits outweigh any expected risks from its use, and the case is evaluated by the specialist doctor to avoid exposing the fetus to any risks resulting from the arrival of some active substances through the placenta.

Osipect medication and lactation

It is not recommended to take this drug during lactation due to the possibility of some of the active substances in the drug reaching the infant and negatively affecting it. In case it is necessary to use it, you should consult a doctor to determine its suitability for the condition or to determine an appropriate procedure to ensure the safety of the infant.

Ocipect for infants

This medicine is not used for children under 6 years of age except after consulting a doctor to determine its suitability for them, and it is forbidden to use it for children younger than two years of age, and it is also forbidden to use it as a hypnotic for children of any age.

What are the drug interactions of Ocipect syrup?

You should tell your doctor about the medicines you usually take before you start using Osipect to avoid any harmful drug interactions, especially if you are taking:

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
  • Three-cyclic antidepressants.
  • Beta blocker medications.
  • Theophylline.
  • corticosteroids
  • diuretics;
  • antihistamines
  • CNS depressants.
  • Alcohols.
  • anticholinergics;

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What is Osipect?

Oral syrup helps relieve symptoms of shortness of breath resulting from bronchoconstriction. It also helps expel mucus and calms allergy symptoms and cough resulting from many conditions.

What are the side effects of Ocipect cough medicine?

Taking this medicine may cause some side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and throat, tremors, and muscle cramps.

Sources :

Osipect leaflet

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