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Ascof and Solmux: A Comparison of Two Cough Remedies

A comparison between the herbal medicine Ascof and the synthetic cough cure Solmux – two popular cough remedy the Philippines. Is Ascof better than Solmux?

In the Philippines, most cough remedies are considered as OTC or Over-The- Counter medications. Customers usually choose a product based on  drug popularity. The more they see or hear about it from the media, the more they feel secure in purchasing the product for their loved ones or for themselves.

 Ascof and Solmux are two common cough cures. While Ascof is known as a herbal remedy, Solmux as a carbocisteine is also notorious for being in the market for 50 years as a mucoregulator in respiratory diseases  since the 1960s. Both claim efficacy and safety, but which of the two is really better?

Ascof

 

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Manufactured by Pascual/ Altermed, Ascof (Lagundi) is from a herbal source. It is indicated for bronchospasm in acute bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other bronco pulmonary disorder.

Contraindication: No known contraindication.

Precaution: Pregnancy and lactation.

Side-effect: Itchiness, nausea and vomiting, tachycardia, diarrhea, drowsiness and body malaise.

Solmux 

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Solmux (Carbocisteine) is a derivative of cysteine which is an amino acid. It is manufactured by Westmont/ Unilab Consumer Health and its primary use is to reduce the viscosity of pulmonary secretions in patients. It is for wet productive coughs, to help eliminate phlegm.

Contraindication: Peptic ulcer.

Side-effect: GI disturbance, GI bleeding, headache, skin rash.

Ascof and Solmux comparison

  • Formulation

Ascof and Solmux have different formulations. Ascof is available in 300mg tablet, 600mg caplet and in 300mg syrup drug form. It contains powdered Lagundi leaves (Vitex negundo linne family Verbenaceae). Ascof is for mild to moderate cough usually associated with common colds.

Solmux is available in 500mg capsule and in suspension forms. It has a mucolytic property. It is more beneficial in eliminating excessive mucous in the lungs.

  • Relief

Solmux in its encapsulated form has faster effect than Ascof tablet. Capsule forms of medications have greater dissolution compared to tablets thus they have faster relief. On the other hand, syrup has faster effect than suspension types. This means, Ascof syrup has a much faster effect than Solmux suspension.

  • Safety

Ascof reveals some mild side effects on few patients like itchiness, vomiting etc. These adverse reactions as they claim were reported without prevailing complaint with similar frequency on the placebo control. Solmux’s adverse effect involves gastric upsets. This drug is also used in precaution with old people with severe respiratory insufficiency or asthmatic patients.

Ascof VS Solmux

Considering the formulation, Ascof is more attractive for most consumers because of its herbal origin.  As for relief, liquid forms of medication have faster action and both Solmux and Lagundi have these dosage forms. Although, in terms of solid preparations, Solmux capsule is better than Ascof tablet.

Regarding safety, Ascof has no known contraindications and has mild adverse reactions that are reported rarely. However like most drugs, it is used in precaution with pregnant women and in lactation. Solmux on the other hand, causes stomach upsets, thus strictly contraindicated to people with peptic ulcer. More to this, it is also to be used in precaution with old people with weak lungs or asthmatic patients.

So which is better?

Summing it up, Ascof may have all the advantages over Solmux. But, these drugs possess dissimilar modes of action. Solmux is a mucolytic while Ascof is a simple cough formula with an anti-asthma effect. Ascof won’t be effective enough if the cough will be involving too much phlegm in the lungs. On the contrary, Solmux will not be also suitable for a simple cough with asthma involved.

References:

MIMS online

Dovepress

Wilson and Gisvold’s Textbook of Organic Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 9th edition

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Comments (29)

I had only got introduced to solmux and it was quite effective. Nice analysis, kabayan.

Useful info you have provided here. And also, you have given us a thought on the comparison between two cough remedies.

now i have bases to choose which is better

karenwalker

ascof is not natural as it claims. the fact that it's in syrup and tablet format means that it has undergone a chemical process.

No Ascof is not natural that it has undergone chemical process but like Digoxin it is still plant origin :) Thank you guys for commenting.

This is good information about how these drugs work. This will come handy.

techMV

I thought these two medicines have the same effect. Thanks for the info.

Excellent

maria luisa matito

tanx for the idea, it"s a big help for the family..

recah

Ascof is for moderate cough only. Once your cough becomes severe, go for solmux. But of course, consult a trusted doctor first =)

My mom always buy me Ascof when I'm coughing. I like the minty aftertaste. Nice topic, local talaga. Voted it up.

Great review, which should come in handy!

This is a very good review and explanation of the facts about these two popular medicines in the Philippines. I worked before in the manufacturer of Ascof and based on the success stories and studies, the effectiveness is highly recommended.

Excellent review. Voted up.

best resort

very nice information.

but for me, Solmux is better.

We are using solmux for almost 5 years now and we can say that it solves the problem.

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Jeffrey S. Lalo

To get the best of both drug why don't manufacturers come up with a dosage form that have carbocistein and vitex negundo before they have like Solmux Broncho that is a combination of Carbocistein and Salbutamol if they come up with it then the consumers will have a better choice and benefit call the medicine Solcof or Asmux or in case of Plemex call it Solmex or Plemux what do you think?

Revin Adarayan

@Jeffrey S. Lalo

We can't come up with two drugs combined for it will have drug interaction and might contradict the therapeutic effect of a drug.. Another fact is that in a drug, there would only be 1 active ingredient. Meaning, one is dominant and the other is reccesive; a dull, non-therapeutic drug or much to say, a placebo. The foremost concern would be that there would certainly be much more side effects and adverse effects,that all of us wants to avoid.

anyway your idea would be great, but not possible.

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Thanks for this comparison. Now I know what to buy when I only needed is a remedy to a simple cough. This is really informative.

Edwin

I became very bothered with my cough which never subsided for almost a month until I tried taking lagundi tablet (RiteMed). It was only after taking lagundi that I gradually got better. However, I think what also helped was when my doctor looked into my throat which was so inflammed that she put me under seven days of Amoxicillin and three times a day gargling with Bactidol.

Common coughs do not last when treated with OTC cough remedies, but if it doesn't go away within 7 days or kept on recurring, there could be infection involved. It is best to see a doctor. In my case, I can be very lazy, I prescribe my myself and my children antibiotics. Most of the time, it works. Then, I suffer sermon from my doctor once he discovers that I already gave my kid an antibiotic.

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