Effervescent Cough Tablets
Ivy leave dry extract
Pharmaceutical Group: Herbal Medicine
Dosage Form: Effervescent Tablet
Expectorant, Mucolytic, Spasmolytic, Cough Relieving
Cough is a highly prevalent condition and a common reason for consultations in general practice. Most frequently, cough symptoms are caused by acute viral upper respiratory tract infections although bacterial superinfection may occur in acute bronchitis. For chronic cough, important causes are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Among no antibiotic cough remedies, herbal preparations containing extracts from leaves of ivy enjoy great popularity in many European countries. In 2007, more than 80% of herbal expectorants prescribed in Germany comprised ivy extract and amounted to nearly 2 million prescriptions nationwide.
Therapeutic uses and available evidence
Ivy extract used to treat catarrhal diseases of the respiratory tract. It is also used to improve symptoms of chronic inflammatory bronchial diseases and acute inflammation of the respiratory tract accompanied by coughing.
The saponins and sapogenins are the main active ingredients; they show Expectorant, Secretolytic, Spasmolytic, Bronchodilatory, Antibacterial and Antifungal effects. One study showed that after 7 days of therapy with dried ivy leaf extract, 95% of patients showed improvement or healing of their symptoms and it was safe and well-tolerated.
• Cough Relieving
• Symptomatic treatment of chronic inflammatory bronchial diseases.
• Symptomatic treatment of acute inflammation of the respiratory tract.
20 Effervescent tablets
Each effervescent tablet contains:
Ivy Leave dry extract 65 mg
Adults and adolescents older than 12 years:
In the morning: 1 effervescent tablet (corresponding to 65 mg ivy leaves dry extract)
In the evening: 1 effervescent tablet
Children aged 6 – 12 years of age:
½ effervescent tablet (corresponding to 32.5 mg ivy leaves dry extract) two times per day.
Method of administration
Dissolve the effervescent tablets in a glass of water (approx. 100-200 ml) and take the solution in the morning and in the evening.
The effervescent tablets can be broken in halves.
Both, hot and cold water may be used to dissolve the tablets.
Duration of use
Length of treatment is dependent on the nature and severity of your condition. However, even in the case of mild inflammation of the respiratory tract, treatment should last for one week at least. In the interests of ensuring that your recovery is permanent and complete, it is recommended that you should keep taking Prospect® for another 2-3 days after your symptoms have disappeared.
• Hypersensitivity to the active substance or any of the other ingredients of Prospect® effervescent tablets.
• In the event of lactose intolerance, treatment should be carried out only after consultation with a doctor.
• Children under the age of 6 years should not take Prospect® effervescent tablets.
Possible side effect
Very rare allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, swelling, skin redness or itching may occur after taking medicines containing ivy.
In uncommon cases, gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur in sensitive patients.
No research has been carried out. No interactions have become known so far.
Pregnancy and Lactation
This medicine should not be used, as there have not been enough studies performed on pregnant women and mothers who breastfeed.