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I don't know if this illness I have has been one of these super strength germ-monsters going around this winter but it's quite honestly the worst cold/flu illness I've ever had. The first few days after catching what I though was just a mild common cold the pain in my chest and congestion became so bad that I literally could get almost no relief from anything no matter what I tried. I tried paracetemol, nurofen, strepsils, simple linctus syrup, buttercup syrup, Halls and Lockets and I was still in terrible discomfort. I was then advised by a family member to get some of this Benylin Chesty Coughs Non Drowsy cough medicine as they'd used it before and it had helped them. I therefore went up to my local Boots chemist where I was able to buy a bottle of this.
The product comes in a 150ml bottle which is boxed. The box is printed with all the necessary information you need to know how to use the medicine safely. The bottle itself is a semi-transparent brown bottle which is recyclable. It is fitted with a child lock cap which must be pressed down firmly and twisted before it will open. Information about doses and safety precautions is also printed on the label of the bottle so that if you remove it from the box you can still refer to this information before taking the medicine.
The brand state that this medicine can be used if you have a "deep, chesty cough" but want to continue through your illness as normally as possible. The brand state the medicine can "loosen phlegm, clear bronchial congestion and make you cough more productive". The medicine contains something called Guafifenesin which can help to loosen mucus in the throat and chest and therefore make it easier to cough. It also contains an agent called Levomenthol which aids normal breathing by "easing congestion".
The medicine should be suitable for most people but if you have health problems or allergies you should ask your doctor before taking. Children under twelve and breast feeding mothers should also not take this medicine. People with diabetes also need to be aware of the sucrose content of the medicine. A full list of possible concerns is printed on the box and is easy to understand.
The dosage instruction is two 5ml spoonfuls four times a day as needed. Whilst some medicines contain a little measuring cup this one doesn't so I have been taking a dessert spoonful. The cough syrup is a bright red colour which smells quite sweet and slightly like liquorice. It is easy to pour into a spoon as it is quite runny but doesn't splash. I find the flavour of the medicine quite agreeable. It is very sugary and rather like a fruity berry cough sweet and this sweetness counteracts against the sharper medicinal flavour and warmth which fires down your throat as it slides down. This warmth is very soothing at the point of pain or inflammation in the throat or chest. My pain has been literally right down under my breastbone and the medicine was effective in soothing the pain here. The medicine definitely helps to ease a coughing fit or when you feel you have swallowed a razor blade and need instant soothing. It also makes it easier to get your cough up and therefore to breathe without coughing or wheezing. The effect of the medicine is slightly short lived though, which is my only issue with it. I would say the effect lasts half an hour at most. I suppose this can be helpful at particular moments like if you are trying to get some sleep or just starting the day.
Comparable to other medicines I've tried I have to say I really like this one as it isn't something that turns my stomach when I think about having to take it! It's non drowsy properties are also helpful since you don't have to worry about it affecting your focus in any way. Lastly it actually helps ease my coughing and chest/throat pain which is the most important thing. I would therefore definitely buy this again and would recommend to anyone unlucky enough to be suffering from a sore throat. Get well soon!
For the past week I have had a really nasty cold. I've had all the usual symptoms you'd expect such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, odd temperatures, headaches and sore and achy muscles and just generally I have felt very rubbish indeed.
My cough was one of the worst things though. It started off really dry and kept making me choke, I couldn't sleep and I was even starting to cough up a bit of blood and my throat felt like I'd swallowed a razor blade. It then turned into a tickly cough along with the dry feeling then settled onto my chest to become a chesty cough with mucus on my chest that caused a fair bit of pain.
The one thing I usually do when I have a cold or flu is to take tablets whether it be cold relief ones or paracetamol and to suck on medicated sweets/lozenges (usually Lockets) and that's that however when my Mum went into town she got me a bottle of this because at the moment I'm staying with her and keeping the whole house awake all night!
The bottle comes in a red box with mainly white writing on it and on the front and the back of it we are told that it is Benylin Chesty Coughs Non-Drowsy 'Guaifenesin & Levomenthol' and that this is meant to give a soothing effect and deep penetrating relief and there is a picture shown of what looks like man who has has taken some of this is its helping his chest (via a yellow spot on his chest). Other information listed on the box includes being told a bit about the product, directions and warnings are given, the ingredients are clearly listed, the size is stated (in this case I have a 300ml sized bottle) and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Inside the box there is a pamphlet with yet more bits of information and advice on it and the bottle is brown glass with a twist on/off lid/cap to the top of it and a white and red label where much the same information as on the box is listed on it. Nice enough packaging and informative enough it is too.
This is suitable for children and adults over the age of 6 years old to take and for a child between the ages of 6-12 they should have only one teaspoon of it four times a day (as required), over that age your allowed to take two teaspoons of it four times a day (as needed).
The liquid is dark red and transparent with a sweet aroma to it. Its really, really sticky this (so do watch out for drips!).
I can't say the flavour of this is particularly nice to be honest, it has fruity undertones to it and a harsh sort of sourness along with being sickly sweet though to be fair it isn't totally disgusting its just not all that pleasant...but lets face it is medicine! I think I just don't appreciate the odd tinny and sugary after-taste that lingers in my mouth for what seems like ages!
From the moment I take this I feel a bit of relief though to be honest. This contains a bit of menthol which you can taste as you consume it and seems to help me breath a little bit better from the moment I have taken it which is great as I've had a really stuffed up nose!
The best way this helps me is with my really deep down chesty cough. It soothes my chest after a few minutes of taking it and after a while it seems to break down the phlegm that I have been struggling to try to cough up that has settled hard and fast on my chest. Ok its not nice but it easier to cough it up and dispose of it and like my Mother says its better out than in. As a result of being able to cough the rubbish off my chest I'm certainly not in as much pain although still suffering with the effects of a cold!
All in all I really do like this one. Ok the taste isn't great but then like I have already said it is a medicine and for the effects it gives its worth taking it! I take this four times a day and have noticed a dramatic improvement in the feel of my cough and as a result my throat feels better too and I can sleep at night if I take this before retiring and my parents are happy....they're back to sleeping too!
A great buy, good quality from a trusted brand and very effective indeed!
Available in all good chemists etc and this size costs around £6.00 a bottle.
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Ive recently just shook off some cold type symptoms. Not something I was too impressed with, smack bang in the summer holidays. Extra noise and bodies running around that normally between 9--3.30 are terrorising other children and teachers, meant I didn't get that much sympathy nor time to get back to decent health. This was bought for me thanks to an Angel of Mercy taking a trip to Asda in search for a miracle cure. Currently costs £4.20. Readily available.
Why was it bought?
As mentioned, I didn't buy this myself, but when talking to my partner on the phone, I mentioned that my cough I originally thought was no issue, had become worse and more bothersome. So he took a trip to Asda for me, to get me something that hopefully would soothe my issues. It was also important to get medicine that was non drowsy, due to having my young children to look after.
What were my symptoms?
Coughing throughout the day and night, but mostly through the night. Strong, powerful and very chesty. Sore and painful throat, but thankfully no other issues.
What does this product supposed to do?
Is designed to help relieve a chesty cough, loosen any phlegm soothe the effected chest area.
How is it packaged?
The picture on this site is quite dated, so different to the one I bought. The product comes in a 150ml bottle, that is boxed. The box is mainly red in colour. On the front, at the top, is the ' Benylin ' logo. Directly underneath is the actually name of the product which is ' Chesty Coughs '. It states its non drowsy and contains certain ingredients. It also gives you an idea on what this product does. Below the writing is a silhouette type picture of a body, showing clearly where this product targets. This is shown by a yellow circle smack bang in the middle of the chest.
On the side of the box it tells you what this product does, and on the back it lists ingredients and instructions for use.
As mentioned, product comes in a bottle, glass but brown in colour and to open has a screw top lid that needs to be pushed down to open then turned. Label mirrors the same information as shown on box.
The Active Ingredients in 5 ml of Benylin Chesty Coughs Non-Drowsy are: 100 mg Guaifenesin and 1.1 mg Levomenthol, Other Ingredients are: Sucrose, Liquid Glucose, Ethanol, Glycerol, Sodium Citrate, Saccharin Sodium, Citric Acid Monohydrate, Sodium Benzoate (E211), Ponceau 4R (E124), Caramel (E150), Carbomer, Raspberry Essence, Natural Sweetness Enhancer and Water
How to use
Adults/children over the age of 12 years old-two 5 ml spoonfuls four times a day. Do not use more than 4 times a day within a 24 hour period.
Not suitable for children under the age of 12 years old.
How did I find it?
Bottle was easy enough to open and close. The medicine itself is pinky red in colour. Has some thickness to it but fluid enough for ease of use. The smell is quite fruity, but has a slight hint of something medicinal to it.
The taste, although not horrid is not the nicest thing Ive ever had. It has a slight sweetness to it, but not very fruity or syrup like that you would associate with liquid cough medicines. The taste lingers in the mouth for awhile, and for me I feel this is definitely a grown up medicine compared to the sweety like taste of a kids alternative to this.
When this is swallowed, it does have a slight warming to the throat and to the chest area. Not uncomfortable, but more a mild sensation. Not long lasting, but noticeable straight after its taken and goes away after a few minutes. This I thought was quite promising, as my cough was getting worse and hoped this would ease it some what. Did it? No it didn't. My cough got a lot more worse than I anticipated but more so through the night. The coughing became very strong, even verging to violent, as it nearly made me sick many times. It was repetitive, completely stopped me from going to sleep for around 4 nights, and it was that overwhelming all of my ribs and back were sore and painful. I didn't feel this product helped at all. I found it very difficult to remove any phlegm while coughing, so this product failed to shift it. And due to the severe coughing, I lost my voice for nearly 2 weeks ( some would say that was a blessing! ). So with this not really helping me, I turned to lozenges and paracetamol and let nature take its course and waited for a natural recovery.
Would I buy this? No. Firstly, its very expensive. Its unlikely I would finish the whole bottle within a certain time period, so a lot of this would be wasted. Secondly, the taste didn't appeal to me and would have preferred something more sweeter and more user friendly and less medicinal. Thirdly, it did nothing to ease my symptoms, which was the reason for purchase in the first place.
Not for me.
When I have a cough and find it irritating and I keep coughing all the time continually I just go to the shop and grab a bottle of cough mixture. Benylin is a mixture which always cures my cough quickly, so it is what I usually buy if available in the shop.
The mixture comes housed in a bottle which has a child proof top. It is hard to open the top and so a good if you have children in the home. I always keep medicines locked in a cabinet so my grandchildren cannot reach them.
An adult dosage is 10ml spoonful 4 times in any 24 hours, I just take the spoonful every 4 hours and leave a good amount of hours inbetween. It must not be taken by children under the age of 12 years old.
After the first couple of doses, it does begin to ease my cough and after one full day of taking it, it begins to clear my cough and ease my chest which usually feels tight from coughing. The mixture eases the chest and soothes it well indeed. It loosens the phlegm and the congestion so that I can just cough better and not have the irritation a cough creates. This mixture just helps me not to be coughing all the time at work or when I am in a social environment when it may get on people's nerves me coughing all of the time.
As it goes down my throat, I can feel it soothing my chest and it feels quite a warm feeling as it hits the tubes and the first dosage has this feeling, and this warm feeling is the same every single time you take it.
It Penetrates deep down the chest to work really quickly and to break up any mucus, I can feel the mucus breaking down after a couple of doses. It works in just a day or 2 and my cough is usually almost completely better after 3 days.
It is a non drowsy mixture and so it enables me to continue with my work without me feeling sleepy or tired. Means I can safely drive and have no fear I will feel sleepy while driving and not then no fear of cause an accident. Is good one if you operate machinery at work and work a long shift and know you won't feel drowsy while working and to keep yourself safe and also people who work with you.
Also it eases a tickly cough which I find really annoying and irritating. It works very well indeed for both a chesty cough and tickly one.
I paid £4.25 for a 150ml bottle, it is worth it to ease and remove my chesty cough and the way it doesn't make me sleepy so that I can carry on with my daily routine without feeling all chesty.
If you have a chesty cough, I would recommend buying this cough mixture to help you to continue your daily chores, works very well indeed in just a few days. I will keep on buying it because this mixture works for my chesty cough. If your chesty cough hasn't improved after taking the whole bottle and doses I suggest you go see your GP as it you may need something a little stronger and may have a chest infection which needs to be treated.
I rate it 5 stars.
Benylin is a very well known brand, that for years has looked after the health and ailments of us all.
Why I wanted this....
I wanted this because after getting jaundice at the age of 13 I have become very susceptible to getting all colds and coughs. I have tried other brands, but my family does not like the flavour, so I tried this one.
What it's for....
For chesty coughs, the coughs that take their toll on your lungs. The mucus type coughs.
There are two active ingredients in this mixture...
Guaifenesin.. This is used to loosen the phlegm and treat the cough.
Levomenthol.....this is the cooling feeling, that makes the cough a bit easier to bear.
This is not intended for under 12s.
For people over 12 it is recommended that you have 2x25ml, 4 times a day.
Please consult a doctor or pharmacist before you try this, also read the instructions that are contained in the packaging.
It primarily comes in a cardboard box with the brand name on the front and on the back, instructions of use.
When you take it out of the box, the bottle is a dark brown glass bottle with a label on, with the same label. You have a screw top on it, a white one that has a child safety on it, you have to push it down and twist. You also get an instruction leaflet with all side effects and details on. However, you do not get a plastic spoon with this syrup.
I love the taste of this liquid, it's a red colour, it's quite a syrupy consistency. You can taste the medicinal flavouring, it's very strong. When you have consumed this, you can feel a warming sensation down your throat.
I believe you can get this all over especially in store, in the pharmacies. As well as online, eBay, amazon.
Online, you can buy it from £4.20, and anything up to £7 in the shops.
A very nice flavour,
Works very well, my cough was shifted in around 5 days.
My family love it!
The price, it's ridiculous.
Would I recommend?
Yes, however, I wouldn't say the price reflects the benefits.
=== Please Relieve Me! ===
I seem to be a little prone to getting coughs with a cold, so I have used Benylin products in the past. I must admit that I didn't buy this product myself but rather have been helping myself to a few doses of a bottle my son bought around Christmas time when he was suffering himself. I'm not a bad mum - he's in his thirties!
I have had quite a heavy cold for a week, and it turned from a head cold into an unwelcome cough - nothing serious, just noisy nuisance. I was actually feeling better but sounding worse. People were making comments like 'when are you going to get that cough sorted out?' I know that a lot of G.Ps don't advocate the use of cough medicines, but there are times when you feel you just need to try and help yourself a bit. I was pretty sure this wasn't a dry cough, but I'll spare you the details! I felt a preparation for a chesty cough would help clear it up more quickly. Benylin use the word 'productive'. Seeing that my son had left this bottle of medicine, and wasn't using it himself, it seemed worth trying it. He was happy for me to use it, I hasten to add, either from sympathy or wanting relief from hearing me coughing, as he works from home.
As my son shops in supermarkets only, at least during the week, I'm fairly sure he bought this in our local Tesco as I know they stock it. I don't know how much he paid but it's not a cheap product. I checked the online price and it was £4.25, but there seemed to be quite a variation in prices from different retailers.
===The Box, The Bottle and The Missing Label===
The cough medicine comes inside a cardboard box & this 150ml bottle was still inside its box. I think there should be a leaflet in there, too, but that seems to have gone. I should really have read this before taking the medicine. It's a fairly standard -looking brown glass medicine bottle with a white plastic child-safety lock that had me defeated the first time I tried to use it. I think this was because it had been used previously & then not opened for almost a month. I suppose the sugar had crystallised, making it difficult to twist as I pushed down. I'm sure many children could have done it more easily than I did! There was no problem after that.
Underneath the brand and product names are the words 'guaifenesin and levomenthol'. While I don't pretend to understand the chemistry behind these names, I recognise them as ingredients common to this kind of cough medicine and I believe they are the active part. I deduce that anything with 'menthol' in its name is intended to have a soothing effect. Other ingredients seem to be sugar-related, ethanol and sodium. I wonder whether the leaflet gives instances of individuals for who this may not be suitable. In any case it's not suitable for children under the age of 6. You should consult a doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or a nursing mother, as you should if the cough persists. Unfortunately it doesn't define persistence.
Dosage for children 6 - 12 years is one 5ml spoonful up to four times a day. For adults and over 12s it's 2 spoonfuls a time. I don't know whether any cough medicines come with dosing devices these days; this one certainly doesn't.
It should be stored out of the reach and sight of children at temperatures below 30 degrees C, in its original container. All of this is standard I believe. Benylin is a registered trade mark and the Marketing Authorisation holder is McNeil Products Ltd, Maidenhead Berks, SL6 3UG, U.K. There is an 07/2014 date on the bottle. I'm a bit surprised at the absence of recycling guidance. Most of the information I have recorded here is on the bottle label as well as the box.
===Taking the Medicine===
Once I'd mastered opening the bottle I found the cough medicine easy to pour out - if anything a little too easy. I find it hard to fill a spoon without spilling quite a bit so I usually do it over the sink. Perhaps that wouldn't happen if the liquid was a little thinner, but it seems to happen with quite a few cough medicines. It's one of the reasons I used to prefer the ones that had a dispenser attached to the lid.
The cough medicine is a thin red liquid. It smells, to me, a bit cherry-like but with a strongly medicinal tone. I guess the taste is the same. I know some people find the taste pretty awful. I wouldn't say I like it, but believe me it's better than some I had in my earlier years. I did get a mildly glowing sensation deep in my throat. This persisted for several minutes and felt quite soothing. I don't think I took it more than 3 times on any day, probably over 3-4 days. I'm happy to say I'm pretty much over it now.
I'm cautious about using medicines for chesty coughs at bedtime. I'm probably being over-cautious, but I've always thought their purpose is to increase coughing slightly so that what shouldn't be on the chest will be moved. At night-time I want to sleep so risking increased coughing at that time seems counter-productive to me, so I try to time doses so that they are not close to bedtime.
I always find it quite hard to know how much good something like this has done, and how much I would have improved on my own. I did feel that my cough was more productive as a result of taking it, and as I said above I'd pretty much stopped coughing within 4 days. I definitely found it soothing and it wasn't too unpleasant to take. I don't buy medicines for flavour anyway.
===Would I Buy Again?===
Well, I didn't buy it the first time! It's a well-known brand name, and in some ways that's reassuring. If I were coughing more seriously than I was on this occasion I would take the advice of my G.P. or pharmacist. I'm cautious because I did once have pleurisy, which was a very painful experience. I would use it again, and would probably buy it. What I will do is look at other products to see if they contain the same ingredients, especially the guaifenesin and levomenthol. I think an own brand product containing these might be as effective at a lower price. I'm giving it 4 stars because I can't be sure a cheaper make wouldn't have been equally effective, and I think a dosing cap would make it easier to administer without spilling and therefore wasting it. However I was also pleased to get better quite quickly!
Thank you for reading my review, which may appear on other sites.
©Verbena February 2013
My cold from last week has developed into a fully fledged chesty cough. Fortunately, at Tescos Benylin 150ml is half price at the moment. It tastes really strongly of medicine and is not pleasant at all. I take 10mls every 4 hours and although it doesnt completely keep the cough at bay, I am starting to feel like the mucus is moving a lot more and that my cough is getting slowly better.
It comes in a red box, and is the non drowsy version. It contains guaifensin and levomenthol, the menthol seems to be clearing my throat and Im not sure about the other one!
Its not suitable for children under 12 years old, and adults should take 10mls four times a day. I find that taking this and having lockets in between works well to stop me coughing so much.
Why this and not just tescos or boots own medicine. This one the liquid feels thicker and like it is doing more in my body, and also it doesnt taste as nice as the tesco version so I always think that this is better as you dont want to take it as much. The liquid is red/pink in colour.
The cap is child proof you have to push it down to unscrew the lid, also the bottle is glass so take care not to drop it.
I would recommend this if your cough is chesty, they also have a version for mucus coughs and dry tickly coughs as well as other cold and flu medicine.
I've set myself the 'Review a cold/flu product without indulging in gross oversharing' challenge. Here goes...
Benylin Chesty Cough is, as the name would suggest, a cough mixture. There are many brands out there, for every kind of cough from dry-hacking tickles to opening-your-gas-bill spluttering, but Benylin seems to be one of the most popular names in the UK. I'm a bit of a sucker for a trusted name, so I went straight for this one on the shelf.
The 150ml bottle can be purchased for around £3, while 300ml will set you back about a fiver. I opted for the former, and I found that amount more than enough for one person's post-cold coughing with plenty left over for the next time someone shares their germs with me.
Chesty Cough variety of Benylin comes in distinctive red packaging, with the usual purple Benylin logo. It shows a picture on the front of a man with a yellow target in his chest region, presumably to denote this is for chesty coughs. I dread to think how they portray their 'Mucus Cough' variety... Anyway, moving swiftly on. The box tells us this will offer a soothing effect and deep penetrating relief. I'll pause here to give the childish sniggers chance to die down.
The active ingredients in this product are Guaifenesin and Levomenthol. The first is a commonly used expectorant used to loosen bronchial congestion, I have no idea how the former relieves a cough but I suppose anyone that's sniffed Olbas Oil too hard will know that menthol has quite a throat clearing effect. Other ingredients include sucrose, E124 and ethanol. What, so Benylin are putting a shot of Whiskey in their cough mixtures now, are they? The leaflet notes it contains approximately the same amount of alcohol as 10ml of beer or 4 ml of wine per 10ml dose and is suitable for children over 12 years old (there are child friendly versions of Benylin available), so presumably there's nothing to worry about here, especially as this is meant to be non drowsy.
Now, for the miraculous syrup itself...
It's hiding in a glass bottle, with a little plastic measuring cup sitting on top of the lid, so you won't have to faff with those little plastic measuring spoons. The liquid itself is a thick gloop which is a very unnatural shade of red, I think I know what the E number was used for! It pours into the little cup quite easily, but due to its relatively runny consistency it's easy to spill. If you spill Benylin, it doesn't matter how much you wipe it up, the area will be tainted with a sticky residue. Benylin is clearly made with industrial strength sugar... However, Mary Poppins' witterings that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down tells me that she clearly never tried this stuff.
Oh, the taste. The second it hits your tongue it transports you right back to the days of banana flavoured antibiotics and cod liver oil. It tastes like all childhood medicines - disgusting. While the smell is mostly menthol, the taste couples menthol with something else which is pretty indescribable. (Very useful for a review!) There's no getting away from the fact it's horrible tasting, but there's not much aftertaste, a quick sip of drink afterwards and it's soon gone.
But is it worth the foul taste?
Short answer: Yes.
If you're one of the most people for whom colds go straight to their chest, this will definitely help it on its way. The end of a bad cold leaves most people with a painful, unproductive cough but this does loosen congestion (phrased in the least disgusting way possible, folks!) and ease the discomfort.
As soon as you swallow the mixture, you can feel the syrup coating your throat and soothing the dry prickles you get when you have a viral cough. Considering this variety is for chesty coughs rather than dry coughs, I thought this was brilliant. Most doctors don't recommend taking a dry cough mixture these days anyway, as suppressing a cough just leads to problems. So for me, this is the best of both worlds.
It definitely was non drowsy, as the label promises. I actually noticed the opposite, it gave me a slight 'wired' feeling along with a few palpitations. This could be that I'm actually a toddler in disguise, and find myself quite sensitive to E numbers... But that's it as far as side effects go, so not bad at all.
When taken four times a day for the best part of a week, I did notice this helped a lot. It stopped the endless unproductive coughing which causes such a sore chest and helped the cough lessen much quicker than I believe it would have done on its own.
Just an after note, over the counter remedies can obviously only do so much. If you have a cough that doesn't improve after a few days, a slightly raised temperature, difficulty breathing or just anything out of the ordinary, a trip to your doctors is always going to be a safer option.
Thanks for reading :)
Benylin Chesty Coughs non-drowsy
We have had a sick house recently and our sore throats have turned into really nasty 50 a day smokers coughs. The penicillin was clearing up the throat but not really the cough so we turned to an over the counter medicine to try and soothe our coughs.
Benylin Chesty Cough is recommended for when you're suffering from a deep, chesty cough but still want to get on with your normal daily routine. According to the box Benylin works deep down to loosen phlegm, clear bronchial congestion and make your cough more productive. Before I started this cough medicine I had the kind of cough that just made me cough and splutter and did not really do anything, just felt like my ribs were coming out of my chest and it wasn't loosening up anything so I did have high hopes for this cough mixture.
The liquid itself is a thick syrupy liquid and is a red colour. It has a lot of sugar in it which you can taste and it does taste like medicine but once you take it it does feel like it is coating your throat and I think the medicine taste makes you think that it begins to work straight away. The medicine contains Guaifenesin & Levomenthol??? Ok, what does that mean you ask. Well, I had just the same reaction but a quick scan of the paperwork that comes with the bottle says that Guaifenesin is an expectorant which helps to loosen mucus (phlegm) from the lungs and make it easier to cough up and Levomenthol helps you to breathe more easily by easing congestion. The last one makes sense to me as it contains the word menthol and you can actually smell in the liquid and taste it as it goes down.
Obviously I am not a doctor so if you need to take this liquid I would recommend you speaking to a doctor or pharmacist first. I found this cough syrup really worked for me. It didn't get rid of my cough completely but I could feel my chest easing up from day to day of taking this and coughing was actually working and not feeling so bloody awful which was so nice and a welcome change for my lungs.
The dosage is written on the box but if you are an adult it recommends you taking two 5ml spoonfuls 4 times a day. I bought my bottle in Boots and it cost me £6.99 for a 150ml bottle
Another topical review! This must be the sliver lining to the rotten flu.
Benylin is a well respected brand that has been around for a long time and produces a range of medicines including the Non drowsy cough medicine that I am reviewing.
The product I have is the same as the picture but the box is a little different in that mine is red but other than that its pretty much the same and states on the box that it has a "soothing effect and provides deep penetrating relief" (I know it's childish but I did laugh out loud reading that, I know I'm terrible...)
Benelyin is designed to work deep down to loosen phlegm, clear bronchial congestion and make your cough more productive
The bottle has the usual screw top but its not a child protective lid which is just a well for me as I can never open those. The medicine comes with the usual white spoon with the 5ml side and the 2.5ml side.
When I opened the bottle the first thing that I noticed was the smell, it was not as strong as some that I have tried but it did remind me of the horrid tasting medicine of my childhood.
The medicine has a not unpleasant taste and the menthol it the strongest part of the taste but it does disappear within a few minutes and you are just left with a soothing sensation.
The medicine can be used by adults and children over 12 years of age, you can take two 5ml spoonfuls four times a day, the medicine does not have to be taken with food or anything like that just space out the doses to give it a chance to work
When I took the medicine it had a really soothing feel on my throat and it felt coated but not in an uncomfortable way it just felt as though the harsh scratchy feel had disappeared and this feeling lasted for a good half hour, I have to say that the cough I had didn't really improve after the first dose and it was not until the fourth dose that I noticed that my cough was not as hard as it had been and it felt looser and was easier to clear and I was not needing to cough lots to clear it just once or twice.
Without wanting to be slightly gross after the second day I noticed that when I was coughing the phlegm was coming straight up and my chest felt much clearer and I was able to breathe a lot easier without needing to take a big deep breath every time and after three or flour days my cough had all but disappeared.
I think that it's a brilliant cough medicine all in all, it really started to loosen up my cough within the first day and even after the first dose it made my throat feel much more comfortable and the cough lost its harshness. Within a day of taking the medicine I was able to bring up the phlegm easily and my cough was much more productive. So if you are suffering with a chesty cough I would really recommended it
The medicine can be purchased at most supermarkets and chemists, I actually bought mine in home bargains for just £1.00 but its usually about £2.00
As I started to work a couple of weeks ago I can spend only a couple of hours with my kids and I try to make it a quality time together. They are in nursery and they are sick quite often so I luckily catch from them everything. I started with a cold and right after I started to feel better I caught flu. The nasty chesty cough lasts for 4-5 weeks now and it is really irritating. If it won't kill me I will have fabulous abs...
I tried almost everything available in the supermarkets. As you can see, without any result... The first one I picked from the shelf was Benylin Chesty Coughs Non-Drowsy. It came in a cardboard box which illustrated well the lungs and located the pain. I think I have chosen the right product as I feel some pain in my chest exactly where the picture on the box shows. It cost 3.49 pounds for 150 ml syrup.
This syrup comes in a glass bottle and has children safe cap. It aims to sooth the chesty coughs, loosen phlegm and clear bronchial congestion. It contains Guaifenesin and Levomenthol.
Adults and children aged 12 years and over: two 5 ml spoonfuls four times a day. Not recommended for children under 12 years old. Do not use more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
Each 5 ml of Cough Syrup contains: Guaifenesin 100 mg, Levomenthol 1.1 mg, Also contains: Liquid Glucose, Sucrose, Ethanol, E124 (See leaflet), This product contains 5 vol % Ethanol, Sodium Content: 16.42 mg/5 ml.
It has sweet fruity taste with menthol. You feel the sweet taste first than it is similar to kids flu medicines but the menthol destroys all the enjoyable experience.
Maybe it is just me but after I managed to take two spoonfuls of syrup as it was recommended I felt so sick that the morning sickness during my pregnancies was nothing compared to this. I tried to solve the situation and went to sleep but usually this doesn't work. I gave it a go next day again but I took only one spoonful. I felt sick again but it was bearable. I think I was sick because of the menthol content of the product, so I can imagine that not all of you suffer from this side effect.
Apart from feeling sick I felt slightly better next day but as I didn't take the recommended dosage it didn't help.
Do I recommend it?
I think if you don't have any problems with menthol in general you should give this product a go. Despite using it only twice I felt a little difference so I guess it would work.
McNeil Products Ltd,
As a smoker I sporadically have a pretty bad cough. Sometimes I suffer from the tickley throat one, and other times the deep chesty cough. Over the last year or so I have frequently turned to the Benylin chesty cough mixture to sort out my problems.
I tend to buy the 150ml bottles, which last me through one spout of coughing. They come in an outer cardboard shell with an interior glass bottle. The mixture is a red, thick syrup.
I actually sort of enjoy taking it. First of all, it tastes absolutely brilliant. The stuff is basically sugar. It contains liquid glucose, sucrose, ethanol and added sweeteners, and so has come far from the original throat burning mixtures that we used to get as children.
Every time I have taken it, after a couple of days the cough definitely lightens considerably. In fact, after a couple of minutes, you can feel your throat and chest ease off, and the productivity of the cough improves greatly. This means that phlegm can pass up the bronchi, and the cough doesn't stay dry and painful.
If you are susceptible to a cough, then I would recommend this for sure. It comes at the cost of around £5 for the 150ml version.
This is a cough medicine which is made for chesty coughs. It is made by the well known company Benylin. They make all sorts of cough medicine for all different types of coughs. The chesty cough one that I bought was the non drowsy version.
It is packaged in a cardboard box and is red in colour. The bottle itself is made from brown glass. It contains Guaifenesin and Levomenthol.
There are clear usage instructions on the box and in the leaflet inside. Adults and children over 12 can take two 5ml spoons of this cough medicine up to four times per day. Children between 6 and 12 years old can take one 5 ml spoonful up to four times per day. It is not recommended for children under 6 years old.
The box says Benylin chesty coughs works deep down to loosen phlegm, clear bronchial congestion and make your cough more productive.
The liquid itself is red in colour and has a sort of cherry smell. It is quite runny so you have to be careful dispensing onto the spoon.
I found the mixture did soothe my throat and gave me relief from my cough for a short while. The mixture had a rather sweet taste to it but did not taste terrible like some mixtures can. I like the fact that it is non drowsy as you can take it any time of the day and not just at bedtime. It gives you immediate relief from the constant coughing. The effect however for me was temporary but it was nice and soothing so made the cough a bit more bearable.
The bottle I bought contained 300ml and cost £4.29
You can get it from supermarkets and chemists.
Benylin Chesty Cough syrup won't make you drowsy and it is excellent for soothing those awful hacking coughs that seems to come in bouts and leave your eyes watering and your chest sore.
This medicine is available without prescription from pharmacies and costs around £2.49 for a 150ml bottle, so it isn't cheap.
The manufacturer, Pfizer, recommends it for the treatment of chesty, or productive coughs. It loosens phlegm and helps you to clear your airways. I find it particularly useful at bed time if I have a cough because it works right away.
Adults and children over 12 can take two 5ml spoons of this cough medicine up to four times per day. Children between 6 and 12 years old can take one 5 ml spoonful up to four times per day. It is not recommended for children under 6 years old.
This is not suitable if you are breast feeding, or pregnant, unless you take medical advice first. It is always wise to consult a doctor if your symptoms last for more that a few days or you have other worrying, or unusual symptoms.
The syrup is red in colour, and tastes sweet but it does have a bitter after taste. I find it quite sickly so you probably won't want to take it if you have an unsettled stomach.
The main ingredients of this cough medicine are gaifenesin and levementhol. It also contains glucose, sucrose and sodium which may be important in particular to diabetics.
Benylin is a well known and trusted brand name and it is the first cough medicine that I would reach for. I tend to suffer from mild bronchitis several times a year during winter and usually try this first. Obviously, if the sysmptoms persist I see a doctor.
Although this is quite expensive it can work out even more expensive if you have to try two, or three bottles of cough medicine before you find one that works.
I would say that if this doesn't do the trick, then you need to see a doctor.
That's it, the cold has moved on to my chest and it's a hacky, phlegmy, extremely irritating one.
Having been using Beechams Flu Plus caplets, I wanted instant, soothing relief for my chesty cough so I popped down to the local Boots and opted for Benylin Chesty Cough, Non-Drowsy formula so that I could still carry on with my everyday tasks, apparantly the original formula can knock you out!!
This is a pink syrup mixture, very sweet tasting so if you don't have a sweet tooth you may find the taste too sickly! The 300ml bottle as of November 2006 cost 5.69 at Boots.
What does it do?
It is used to relieve chesty coughs, containing an expectorant to help loosen mucus (phlegm) from your lungs and make it easier to cough up and Levomenthol to help you breathe more easily by easing congestion.
Does it do this?
Since my first dose of it I can honestly say that it relieved my cough, cooling my throat down as I swallowed it. My chest isn't quite as sore as it was when I was coughing and not bringing any phlegm up, so this has definitely made my coughing more productive!
Do not take if........
~ You are allergic to any of it's ingredients.
~You have an inherited intolerance to fructose or related conditions.
Take special care with this product if........
~ You suffer from a persistent cough such as occurs with asthma or produce a lot of mucus.
~ You have liver or kidney problems.
If pregnant or breastfeeding consult your doctor or pharmacist.
~ Adults and children over 12 years
Two 5ml spoonfuls 4x a day. No more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
~ Children 6 to 12 years
One 5 ml spoonful 4x a day. No more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS.
~ If you take more than you should consult your doctor.
~ Side-effects are rare but if you notice any unusual effects tell your pharmacist or doctor.
~ The product contains 5% vol of ethanol (alcohol) and may be harmful if you have liver disease, alcoholism, epilepsy, brain injury or brain disease
~ The product contains the colouring ponceau 4R which may cause allergic type reactions including asthma.
~ The glycerol in this mixture can cause headaches and an upset stomach when taken in large doses so stick to the recommended dose.
~ The bottle is a normal screw top, not child 'unfriendly' as I think all medicines should be so please keep out of the reach of children.
~ Don't use after the expiry date on the label..........Mine doesn't expire until May 2008 so it has longevity!!
This product is available in 125ml & 300ml Bottles and 10 x 5ml sachets.
It should be stored at 30 degrees C.
This mixture for sweet tooth people like myself is very 'moreish' so please make sure you don't take too much. It's a fast and efficient way of relieving the pain of a chesty cough, whilst soothing at the same time.
Benylin Chesty Coughs Non-Drowsy medicine has a soothing effect, easing the symptoms of a chesty cough without drowsiness, so you can get on with your normal routine / Containing the expectorant Guaifenesin, this effective chesty cough medicine has a penetrating action that works deep down to loosen phlegm and helps to clear bronchial congestion making your cough more 'productive'.