I've had a bit of a manky dry tickly cough recently, as well as other flu symptoms, so when nipping past the pound shop in town last week, I decided to nip into the pound shop and see if there was anything there that might help. Alongside some ibuprofen capsules, I also picked up some Bells Cough Linctus, which comes in a 200ml bottle with no exterior packaging.
It's an old fashioned brown bottle with a non safety cap, and it's not very fancy looking. It simply states that it is for the relief of sore throats, irritating and chesty coughs. The dosage is 2 5ml spoonfuls, up to four times a day, for those over 14. For those between 7 and 14, the dose is halved. There are many active ingredients, including Ammonium Chloride, Tussilago, Horehound, Squill and Tolu which all possess expectorant properties (meaning, disgusting as it sounds, they they help thin phlegm and mucus so it can be coughed up and gotten rid of. It also contains sodium citrate to soothe and relieve the pain of a sore throat, and menthol which helps clear congestion and provides a strong flavour base.
This is a strongly flavoured medicine - it's not one that I imagine children taking happily, but I actually like the flavour, which is mostly menthol based, with something almost licorice flavoured in it. Being a linctus, this is quite thick and syrupy, helping it to coat the back of the throat and provide immediate cooling and soothing to the area.
I've been using this for the last week, and find that, especially at night when the tickling and irritation are at their worst, it's been very helpful. I don't think it helped so much with the other symptoms of flu I had, the headaches, temperature, and achy muscles, but with this medicine not containing either paracetemol of ibuprofen, I have been able to use this in conjunction with both varieties of painkiller in order to minimise all symptoms.
At only a pound a bottle, I think this is great value, and certainly much cheaper than many bigger brand cough medicines. I would prefer it to have a safety cap, but other than that I have no real complaints. 4 stars.
Just lately I have been suffering with a really bad cold. I have/had a really bad chesty cough and I couldn't stop sneezing and had a runny nose and so on and felt generally run down. I took a variety of things to try to ease the symptoms and really nothing really helped me. I'm only just recovering now but still have rubbish on my chest and am still coughing like a good un which is why recently when I was in a local chemist I picked up a bottle of this for a pound....thinking it was cheap and worth a go basically!
Just to be clear Bells Healthcare do a few variety of their Cough Linctus's and I went for the one for a 'Mucus Cough'.
The bottle is brown and made of thick glass and the lid of it is chunky, slightly ribbed in effect and to open it you have to push the lid firmly down and twist. Around the bottle there is a label which is red, white and dark green in colour and on that we are clearly told that it is Bell's Healthcare Mucus Cough 'Guaifenesin 100mg/5ml',Oral Solution and that it 'Soothes and relieves chesty coughs' and that my bottle contains 100ml then on the back of the label other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to take it, the ingredients are listed as are lots of warnings and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated.
The dosage advice given on the bottle is very clearly stated. It is suitable for people over the age of 12 (there is information listed on the bottle who shouldn't take it for whatever reason) and basically if you can take it you should take 2 teaspoons every 2-3 hours but consuming no more of it than 4 doses in any 24 hour period.
The medicine is a thin, red in colour and is transparent and it has a really nice fruity aroma to it. Taste wise though, initially as you pop it in your mouth it is nice and sweet and has a taste reminiscent of marzipan but the the flavour in your mouth goes really nasty and sour and leaves a harsh taste on your tongue....it really isn't nice. However medicine never tastes all that great does it so it all comes down to one thing. Is it any good?
Not in my opinion it isn't! It does nothing either in the long term or in giving any instant relief to my nasty symptoms. I was hoping it would help soothe things down a bit and stop me coughing so much but it really is useless this and not worth taking!
I guess when it comes to medical products, alot of the time you get what you pay for and I bought this cos it was cheap but sadly it was cheap and ineffective and I certainly wouldn't purchase this again!
Also posted on Ciao.
From time to time I suffer with a bad chest and cough which can last for anything up to two weeks. My husband often tells me to go to the doctors but I think this is because my coughing keeps him awake at night, but I don't like to go the doctors unless I'm really ill and will try and cure myself with Bells Cough Linctus. This linctus has been around for years and years and I can remember my mom using it when we were younger.
It comes in a 200ml brown glass bottle which is not childproof as it just has a normal screw top. As soon as you open the bottle you can smell quite a strong menthol and fruity aroma which doesn't smell particularly pleasant but you do get the impression that it contains a lot of ingredients and that it will work well due to the strongness of the smell.
The liquid itself is dark brown in colour and is not as thick as some cough mixtures I have had in the past. You have to be quite careful when pouring it onto a spoon as it is easy to spill over the edges, however as it is only me who uses it I usually just swig it out of the bottle which is probably not the right thing to do as you are only guessing how much you are having.
It tastes quite tangy and almost hot and I can feel it running down my throat and tubes. It does feel as though it sticks and leave a coating in my throat which is actually quite soothing and although it doesn't stop my cough completely it does stop that irritating clearing of the throat. As I tend to cough quite a bit my tubes get sore and this mixture does seem to ease the soreness and I can always tell when I am due to take another dose as they start to irritate me again.
The recommended dosage is two 5ml spoons when required for adults up to four times a day, and one 5ml spoon for children aged 7-12, however I don't think that many children would use this a second time as it is not a very pleasant taste. Personally I don't mind it as I think it is worth it to ease my soreness and cough and the taste soon disappears.
I find this especially effective at night which is probably when my cough is worse, and usually settle down to sleep within half an hour of taking a dose. If I wake up in the night I keep the bottle on my bedside cabinet so I can just have another quick swig if I feel I need it.
I would recommend this cough mixture for tickly coughs and sore throats and tubes as I find it does work for me. I last bought it from Poundland and think that they normally stock it so I consider it to be very good value for £1.
WHAT IS IT?
Cough medicine that is made by Bells.
WHO CAN USE IT?
This cough medicine is for children or adults but I think the taste is too strong for children and I would not give it to my children to take.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
An adult takes 10ml at each time and a child should take half of this amount. 10ml is the equivalent of 2 teaspoons. You do not have to take it after food or make any other special arrangements before you use this medicine.
DOES IT WORK?
I do not think it works very well and it does not stop me from coughing. There are not very many cough medicines that work on me and I could tell as soon as I swallowed a spoon that it was not going to be effective. I used it for 4 days in case it took time to get into my system but after that time it still was not helping me so I started to take my usual remedy of a honey and water mix and that was a lot more effective.
WHAT I THINK
This cough medicine tastes very disgusting and the taste lasts for a long time in my mouth, it has got a harsh herbal flavour that I think is horrible. It has got a thick texture also that is not pleasing to me.
It did not work at all for me but my husband thought it was good for his cough, I do not agree with him about that and did not notice that his cough was any better after he had taken this medicine. I think it soothed his throat and that was what made the difference for him.
I think if you have got a cough then you should drink cold water and take honey to improve it because cough medicine is not very often effective.
I bought this cough medicine in Poundland and it cost £1. It comes in a glass bottle that has got a metal screw on lid, the lid is not child proof so you need to be very careful how you store it.
1 Dooyoo Star.
This cough medicine is called Bells Cough Linctus, it is a old time styled cough medicine which is fast acting and does the job it is supposed too. The reason I use this cough medicine nowadays is because this is the medicine which my parents used to use when I was a youngster, so this product has been around along time which just goes to show it is a reliable product which people have been using for a long time.
The bottle which this medicine comes in is a plain, brown, glass bottle which contains 200ml of cough medicine, and the bottle does not come with outer packaging. You can tell that this medicine is not really directed at kids just by the taste, it has a strong menthol smell and taste which children will just not like but there is a children's version available for those who want to try it, this product is suitable for children age 7-14 but even they would struggle with the strong menthol taste.
The medicine itself is very runny for this type of product, the texture is not as thick as most other cough medicines available or at least others I have tried, so you do have to be careful not to make a mess when putting on your spoon before use. Adults can use this medicine up to four times a day, taking 2 x 5ml spoonfuls each time, whilst it is recommended that children from the ages of 7-14 take half this amount by taking 1 5ml spoonfull four times a day.
When using this product I have found it to be very warm and soothing, the runny liquid soothes and clears the chest making you feel much better, I have found this to be a reliable and trustworthy cough medicines which never fails to make me feel better when I have a bad cough or cold.
Ingredients : Each 5ml contains: Ammonium Chloride BP 100mg, Sodium Citrate BP 50mg, Menthol BP 7.75mg, Liquid Extract of Horehound 0.0015ml, Squill Tincture BP 1980 0.001, Tolu Tincture BPC 1959 0.001ml, Liquid Extract of Tussilago 0.0004ml. Other Ingredients: Sucrose, Liquid Glucose, Caramel, Ethanol, Chloroform, Methyplparaben (E218), Eucalyptus Oil, Aniseed Oil, Purified Water.
I would certainly recommend this cough medicine to people, it does a great job at relieving colds, chesty coughs and sore throats, although I have tried other cough medicines in the past this is the one that I usually stick to now as not only is it effective and does a good job but it is also cheap and great value for money. I have picked this cough medicine up from chemists and supermarkets in the past but recently got it from the Poundshop, and you really can't argue with price for a pound, it can also be bought online, you will get it on Amazon for about £3.89.
Another occasion where poundland saves the day! I bought this cough medicine in the pound shop (... for £1!) over a year ago when I had a slight cold. I had already taken tablets containing paracetamol however the cough linctus didn't contain any paracetamol meaning I could have it along with the other tablets, which was a big plus.
--- How to Use ---
The bottle contains a liquid.
Shake the bottle well before use. For children, use 5ml (1 tsp), or double the dose for adults (10ml or 2 tsp). All you do is swallow the spoonful(s) of it, pull the awkward 'yuck' face and hey presto!
--- Taste ---
Personally I don't like the taste, however it's not that bad, it's just not something I'd have if I didn't have to. It's sort of like Sambuca, but not, if you know what I mean...? Probably not... But you must have heard 'a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down' right? Well this is no exception, just add the cough linctus to a spoon of sugar and it tastes a lot better.
--- Effectiveness ---
It states on the bottle 'For relief of colds, sore throats, irritating and chesty coughs'.
I have had a really bad cough for a few days now and this cures it every time. When I say cures it, I mean it completely takes away the cough for around 3 hours.
I have also tried it when I had a sore throat; It wasn't as effective as it didn't remove the problem, yet it did make me feel slightly better.
--- Advantages vs Disadvantages ---
- The use by date is usually a few years, meaning you can store it in your cupboard until you need it.
- Easy / simple to take.
- Suitable for all ages.
- Contains plenty (200ml).
- The bottle gets really sticky.
- Doesn't taste great (my opinion).
--- Overall ---
Really cheap, lasts a long time and really helps your throat when you have a cough. Something that I will always have in my cupboard.
(Please note, I have also published this review on Ciao under the same username).
I'm reviewing BELL'S COUGH LINCTUS.
It comes in a simple brown glass bottle (no outer box) containing 200mls and costs me £1 in any of the Pound stores. It can also be bought in chemists for not much more than £1.
WHAT IT IS.
It is a very simple old fashioned cough remedy that tastes and smells strongly of Menthol.
There are no adverts for this that I've seen and so there are no 'whistles and bells' boasts of the wonderful benefits of using it, but it has been on the market for a long time,so it must be useful and popular.
It is just a plain cough mixture/linctus with a strong taste that children definitely would not like,so very much geared toward adults ,however I'm told there is a children's version of this and no doubt that one would be flavoured in a child friendly way.
It is quite runny/watery ,so don't expect the thick syrup often used for these remedies. It is so runny I tend to use a dessert spoon when taking it ,because it does slop around a bit and tends to run over the edges when smaller spoons are used.
Adults can take 2 x 5ml spoonfuls up to four times a day.
I find it best to keep one of those doses for bedtime to help keep the cough at bay when trying to get to sleep .Plus taking at bedtime allows it to work on phlegm and congestion overnight.
The adult dose can be halved to just ONE 5ml spoonful four times daily for children aged 7-14.
I find the most helpful way to take this is to hold the liquid in the mouth and let it slip down the throat gently.....not just gulping it back. That way I think the throat gets a coating of it and then it can slide down and get to work on the chest area. It is very warming and soothing.
DOES IT WORK
Yes. It has always delivered for us ,but then again our coughs have never been off the Richter Scale, but rather just tickly annoying ones that accompany sniffles or colds.
Having said that I also buy it for my pensioner neighbour who smokes a lot and has a shocking cough at times ,and she prefers it to the more expensives syrups we've bought for her in the past and she finds it more effective.
It really does loosen phelgm as well, which helps clear the chest.
Since this is a medicine care obviously needs to be taken regarding ingredients ,but rather than put the whole list on here I'd advise reading the bottle carefully before purchasing.The list is quite detailed and there is an expiry date clearly printed on each bottle as well.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. I find it effective and always have a bottle in the medicine cabinet .
I'm removing one star because I can't say for sure it will be fully effective for severe prolonged coughing bouts, so I won't misrepresent it by giving it the full five stars.
Cough Linctus is an oral solutions for the symptomatic relief of colds, sore throats, irritating and chesty coughs. 200ml. See bottle for dosage and usage information.