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Used for: Dry cough
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What is Noscapine for?

Noscapine belongs to a class of opioid agonists that are used in cough medicines. It works by suppressing the activity of the cough centre in the brain. It is therefore used to treat dry cough. It often comes in syrups together with other medicines for treating colds and flu.

How to use it?

Noscapine is available as tablets and syrups. It can be taken with or without food. 

Dry cough
Adult and children above 12 years of age
Take 2 tablets four times a day.

What are the side effects of Noscapine?

Common side effects of Noscapine include nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness.

Who should not take Noscapine?

  • Anyone who is allergic to any component of Noscapine
  • Children under 12 years of age
  • People who are taking or took monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) within the past 14 days

Pharmacist Tips:

  • Noscapine is limited to 1 week of use.
  • Do not take more than 8 tablets a day.

Common dosing schedule:
Noscapine is taken four times a day, with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.


Some common medications Noscapine may interact with:

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Noscapine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Noscapine can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Noscapine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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