Prospan and Gedelix, drug choice

Despite the fact that Prospan and Gedelix contain the same active substance, there are many differences between them and the specialist should select the treatment regimen, depending on the age of the patient, the presence of contraindications, tolerance to expectorants, and the convenience of the form of the drug for the patient.

Prospan and Gedelix are an expectorant herbal remedy. As a therapeutic component, they contain ivy leaf extract. But despite one active substance, there are differences between medicines and it is important to find out before taking herbal remedies.


Prospan on sale is in drops for inhalation and oral administration, as well as in syrup.


Drops are a dark brown liquid that smells like alcohol and fennel. During storage, precipitation may occur and turbidity of the solution may be observed.

As additional components, drops contain the following substances:

  • Peppermint, fennel, anise oil.
  • Water.
  • E954.
  • E1510.

The syrup smells like cherry. It is pale brown, a little unclear.

The composition of the syrup includes the following inactive components:

  • E330.
  • Fragrance cherry.
  • E202.
  • E420.
  • E415.

The medicine dilates the bronchi, dilutes thick sputum, and contributes to its evacuation from the body.


Gedelix is ​​available in 2 dosage forms:

  1. Drops for oral administration. They are a clear brown liquid with a pleasant aroma. With prolonged standing, a precipitate may precipitate, which, when shaken, causes the solution to cloud.
  2. Syrup. It is a thick liquid with a specific aroma. Its color can vary from yellow to tan. Clouding of syrup and precipitation are allowed.


The composition of the drops includes the following indifferent components:

  • Macrogol.
  • Glycerol.
  • Anise, eucalyptus, peppermint oil.
  • Levomenthol.

Syrup contains the following inactive substances:

  1. Propylene glycol.
  2. Aniseed oil.
  3. Glycerol.
  4. Water.
  5. E420.

Gedelix has the same effect as Prospan.

Drug similarities

Prospan and Gedelix are complete analogues and have the following similarities:

  • Herbal preparations are prescribed for respiratory infections, which are accompanied by cough with sputum that is difficult to separate in order to facilitate expectoration.
  • Medicines are contraindicated in patients bearing a baby and breastfeeding.
  • Both medicines, regardless of the form of release, belong to OTC drugs.
  • Herbal preparations are contraindicated for allergies to them composition.
  • Medicines can cause an allergic reaction, in which case they need to stop taking and go to the hospital. You also need to consult a doctor if herbal preparations are drunk for 4-5 days, and positive dynamics are not observed or the patient’s condition worsened, for example, the patient has asthma attacks, fever or purulent sputum.
  • Against the background of taking expectorants, you can not take antitussive drugs, since they make it difficult to discharge sputum.
  • Gedelix and Prospan syrups do not contain sugar, therefore they are allowed for patients with diabetes mellitus, but they must take into account that the medicine contains sorbitol (in 5 ml of the medicine the content of sorbitol corresponds to approximately 0.15 XE ).
Comparison and differences

Herbal remedies have the following differences:

  1. Gedelix is ​​taken only inside, and Prospan in drops can also be taken as inhalation. For the procedure, you can use any standard devices and devices for dispersed nebulization of the drug without heating (nebulizers). In order to prevent the occurrence of irritation that may appear due to ethanol, the phytopreparation must be diluted with ordinary water in a ratio of 1: 2 and inhalation should be done with such a solution.
  2. Prospan drops cannot be drunk inside children of the first year of life, and also if alcohol dependence or other pathologies are observed in which the use of ethanol is contraindicated. Inhalation with them is forbidden to do if bronchial asthma is detected, the risk of laryngospasm occurs, precisely because of it they are contraindicated in patients younger than 2 years old. With caution, Prospan drops should be used for pathologies of the liver and central nervous system, head injuries. Syrup Prospan is contraindicated in case of lack of sucrose / isomaltase, malabsorption of dextrose and galactose, intolerance to fruit sugar. Gedelix in drops is contraindicated for bronchial asthma, a tendency to laryngospasm, deficiency of arginine succinate synthetase, in children under 2 years old. In syrup, the medicine can not be drunk with congenital intolerance to fruit sugar, a deficiency of arginine succinate synthetase.
  3. Prospan in syrup contains sorbitol, due to which a laxative effect is possible. Due to the administration of Gedelix, nausea, vomiting, loose stools, and pains in the epigastrium are possible.
  4. Gedelix, regardless of the dosage form, must be stored at a temperature of 5 to 25 degrees. Prospan should be stored at a maximum temperature of 25 degrees.
  5. The shelf life of Prospan drops is 4 years, the syrup is 36 months, but after opening the bottle, it can be consumed for 3 months. The shelf life of Gedelix is ​​4 years from the date of issue. But after opening the bottle, syrup and drops do not lose their properties only for six months.
  6. Gedelix in any form of release and Prospan syrup does not affect the ability to drive a car and activities that require a fast speed of psychomotor reaction. Drops Prospan should be taken with caution to motorists.
  7. If the recommended dosages are exceeded, both medicines can cause indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. In addition, Gedelix in large doses can provoke gastroenteritis. When symptoms of intoxication appear, the drug is canceled. The antidote is unknown, symptomatic treatment is prescribed for the victim.

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