Ugh, you know you have a chesty cough when you cough and you get that pain and burning sensation in your lungs and chest and it hurts to cough. That's what I had recently and so I decided to buy some cough medicine to try and get rid of it. There is some question as to whether cough medicines actually do work but I think anything that makes you feel better and gives you a bit of a rest-bite from the horrible coughing is good enough for me and well worth the £7.65 I paid for it in Boots. Well, I actually think that's a bit expensive for a medicine but the Benylin brand works for me and so I paid it.
I usually like the non-drowsy version but I hadn't been sleeping well for quite a few nights so I thought, what the hell, if it makes me a little drowsy that would be nice and then perhaps I would fall off to sleep a bit better. There's nothing worse than just getting to sleep and then you have a horrible coughing fit which wakes you up fully and then you can't get back to sleep even though you're really tired. I was hoping that this medicine would take away the coughing long enough for me to go to sleep and help keep me asleep during the night.
On the packaging and bottle it says that, "Benylin Chesty Coughs has a soothing effect and works deep down to clear bronchial congestion and ease your chesty cough." This is exactly what I was looking for. The medicine comes in a glass bottle with a child safety screw cap lid which you need to press on to turn but it opens perfectly for me. Inside the medicine is like a syrup and quite thick. I has a very strong taste and smell to it and I find it kind of burns when it goes down my throat but then you can actually feel it coating your throat and the rest of your insides as it goes down and it definitely helps initially to take that little trigger cough that first starts before you get the big hacking cough.
The bottle says to take two 5ml spoonfuls four times a day and I would say this is definitely enough to sort me out throughout the day. The medicine also helps to break up and loosen deep down phlegm which I always find stays on my lungs and comes up when I cough but I find with this medicine it does help to break that down.
I wouldn't say that Benylin cough cures my chesty cough but it definitely does make it a lot more bearable and for that I am thankful.
Benylin Chesty coughs original.
Having had a recent cold which eventually turned to my chest I bought a bottle of Benylin Chesty cough mixture to help clear it.
Benylin original has been around for years and years and although it might be a tad more expensive than some other cough mixtures I have always found it to be very effective and does what it says it should do. Benylin have also diversified its cough and cold relief products to include a variety of cough mixtures for example ones for dry tickly coughs some variants include added codeine or paracetamol for coughs and colds. It is always worth seeking advice from the pharmacist who has a wealth of experience and can recommend which product will be best for you.
When you have a chesty cough your lungs go into over drive and start producing phlegm which is usually quite thick and tenacious and is quite irritating as it seems to impede breathing and causes irritating coughs when you are trying to cough the phlegm up to clear your chest. Failure to get rid of this phlegm can lead to you developing a chest infection which could in turn develop into pneumonia if left untreated. The phlegm acts as a lubricant to help rid the body of dead cells and anything that is in the chest that is irritating it. What Benylin aims to do is thin down this mucous so that it is easier to get rid of.
How to take Benylin.
You should take five to ten ml of Benylin cough mixture up to four times a day. When you take it the mixture feels warm as it slides down the throat. Once it is absorbed by the body it starts to work and can make you feel quite drowsy as one of the acting ingredients is an antihistamine which causes drowsiness and if you are affected you are advised not to drive. For me personally I do not feel anymore drowsier when taking this but for some people it may make them feel quite sleepy. It also contains levomenthol which helps sooth the linings of air passages and dries up nasal secretions.
I find that it works quite well and does give temporary relief from coughing and a noticeable thinning of the mucous which makes it easier to cough up. You should be aware that if you are coughing up green, yellow or blood tinged phlegm then you should attend visit your GP as it indicates that you may have an infection and should be investigated by a physician.
There is some scepticism whether these over the counter cough mixtures work or not but they are definitely soothing and help to relieve some of the nasty symptoms of coughs. I would definitely recommend this very useful product as an expectorant. However it should be used with caution if you are taking other medicines or are prone to asthma, heart or lung disease or kidney disease. Ideally you should always seek the advice of the pharmacist as that is what they are there for.
Where to buy?
This medicine is freely available over the counter at all pharmacy shops and in supermarkets. I paid £5.84 for a 300ml bottle although it is available in a 150 ml bottle for £4.27. It comes in a red box with Benylin Chesty coughs written on it. On one side of the box it gives you instructions on how to take it and lists the ingredients.
I would definitely recommend Benylin chesty cough mixture and award it five dooyoo stars. It is an aid to reducing the symptoms of chesty coughs.
I've got to be honest and say that I don't think many cough medicines help much. I think linctus's can soothe but don't cure the cough. As the mother of four grown up children I have nursed them through many illnesses, coughs and colds. Also the younger two both have had asthma and many throat and chest infections which often lingered. And I have had my own fair share of coughs and colds especially when I first began to work or help in playgroups, nurseries and schools when I was in my twenties. I have had too many a time sit and listen to children read or help them sew, knit or paint...you name it I've helped or watched, while they have sneezed and spluttered. I've sat with them breathing in the germ filled air, wanting to hold a hanky over my face!
As I grew older I think I my immunity kicked in and when I worked in a primary school I didn't often catch a cold, even if three quarters of the school were down with a bug and I'm pretty much the same now. I'm not very healthy but don't catch many colds...Atchoo! I knew I should have kept quiet!
But when I have had a cough or a cold, when I feel particularly banged up then Benylin is the one cough medicine that I feel really works. But, for me, it has to be Benylin original formula. I've tried the non-drowsy variation but don't find it as effective, in my case.
I also always buy or recommend this for my children although one of them won't take it as she hates the taste so much. My husband also isn't too keen but I am quite happy with the taste, and effect of this medicine.
I feel this medicine really does loosen the cough and breaks up the congestion suffered. As it is swallowed I can feel the warmth and honestly feel that this medicine cuts into the mucous secretions obtained with a cold and breaks it up. I find that once the congestion begins to ease then the sore throat and bunged up feeling decreases.
But a cough takes its time to go and I think Benylin original does ease the symptoms and it is the only medicine that I've tried that seems to slightly shorten the life of a cough.
Drawbacks to the original formula is that it does definitely make me feel very drowsy, so I tend to favour this if I am able to stay indoors and it doesn't matter too much if I have a little dose.
But the worst thing for me with a cough is when you have eventually managed to get comfortable in bed at night and fallen asleep only to be woken by that tickle that won't go away. I try to ignore it at first, and then when it won't go I have a sip of drink and then when no improvement occursk I clear my throat and begin to drop off again...only for it to return. Then I have a teaspoon of Benylin and always find that this stops the tickle. The time it works for really depends on the severity of the cough so; if I have a bad cough I tend to use the smallest recommended amount before going to bed, so that if I wake with a troublesome tickle or bout of coughing, then it will be safe to take a further small dose.
And then with the night time dose I let it slowly trickle down my throat and let the mixture coat the irritated area. It soothes my throat as well as easing congestion in the throat, chest and nasal passages making breathing easier.
I quite like the taste and the smell and even the drowsy feeling is a nice sort of drowsy feeling when you're not well although not so good if you have t work while taking it. In that case I would say take the lower dosage. Also this should NOT be taken alongside products which contain paracetamol.
The main disadvantage with Benylin Original, for me, is that I find the liquid always runs down the bottle and makes a mess. I think a better designed bottle top could be used here. But overall I have to say that for me this is the best medicine to take for a chesty cough.
As with all medication the instructions should be read and adhered to. Benylin Chesty Coughs Original is suitable for children over six years and adults. Please DO NOT take more than the recommended daily dose which can be found on the bottle's label. DO NOT take more than FOUR doses in any twenty four hour period.
Warnings relating to Benylin Chesty Coughs Original:
Do not take this medicine if:
* You have suffered with a bad reaction to this product, or any of the listed ingredients.
* You have a persistent cough such as occurs with asthma or produces a lot of mucus.
* You suffer from prostate problems (difficulty in passing water or needing to pass water often.)
* You are taking any other cough or cold medicine.
* You have narrow eye glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
* You are taking drugs for depression known as MAOI's.
*Not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Do not take with products containing paracetamol.
Each 5ml Spoonful contains: Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 15mg, Levomenthol 2mg as the active ingredients.
Also contains: Liquid Glucose, Sucrose, Ethanol, Glycerol, Sodium Citrate, Saccharin Sodium, Citric Acid Monohydrate, Sodium Benzoate (E211), Ammonium Chloride, Caramel T12 (E150), Raspberry flavour, Carbomer, Ponceau 4R (E124) and water.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
(These are rare BUT if you, or anyone in your care, experience any of these then stop taking this medicine and seek medical help.)
* Swelling of the face, lips or tongue.
* Allergic reactions including skin rashes (which may be severe and include blistering or peeling of the skin and itching)
* Irregular heart rate.
* Fits or numbness
* Difficulty passing water.
I haven't suffered from any side effect but am always aware of possible side effects with any medication whether prescribed or over the pharmacy counter medicine such as Benylin.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Benylin is available from pharmacists.
It sells in Boots for:
Benylin chesty cough is an extremley good cough remedy that helps to relieve your cough and help a restful nights sleep.
I bought it for the first time recently when I developed a nasty bronchitis following a bout of swine flu. I found it quite expensive for a cough medicine at £4.18 but as a friend had recommended it I decided to purchase a bottle.
Each 5ml of cough syrup contains: Guaifenesin 100mg, Levomenthol 1.1 mg., Also contains: Liquid glucose, Sucrose, Ethanol, E124, This product contains 5 vol % ethanol., Sodium content 16.42 mg/5 ml.
It worked very quickly to supress my cough, especially at night when my cough worsened when I lay down, and enabled me to get a good nights sleep althoug i did find that i woke some nights and had to take another dose.
The taste is not unpleasant, unlike some cough remedies it was not too sweet and sickly tasting.
Overall a very good cough remedy that I found works very well at suppressing a chesty cough and well worth having in the medicine cabinet this winter.
Benylin Chesty original is one of the few cold and flu products actually worth buying and using over the winter period. As a pharmacy technician I usually recommend this expectorant for people who are not asthmatic, diabetic or suffering with high blood pressure.
It does not taste great (what great acting medicine does?) but as soon as it goes down you can feel the warming action working at the back of the throat. It is best to use this in the start of middle of the cold: An expectorant like this works by loosening mucus on the chest making it easier to cough up and clear. Benylin also do a tickly cough medicine which is great for the last stages of the cold, when everything is basically cleared but you are left with an irritated throat. Rule of thumb is do not dampen down a chesty cough instead help the body to get rid of the mucus.
This product is not suitable for children and government guidelines state that children under 6 years should only be given honey and lemon and if needs be seek advice from your doctor.
My cold is drawing to a close but I still have a couple of products left to review and Benylin Chesty Coughs Original is one of them.
I have used this cough syrup for many years. I use the original rather than the non-drowsy variety for two reasons: firstly, I tend to take it at night and so welcome the associated drowsiness, and secondly, the non-drowsy one gives me weird hallucinations.
This cough medicine comes in a brown, glass, transparent bottle. You can see how much is left inside so you know when to buy more, which is useful. It has a screw top lid which is easy enough to open. The instructions are printed on a white label which is stuck around the side of the bottle.
The medicine promises to have a 'soothing effect', ease irritation, and use a 'deep, penetrating action to loosen phlegm and clear bronchial and nasal congestion'. Adults and children over 12 can take 10ml four times a day, and children between 6 and 12 years can take 5ml four times a day. It is not recommended for use by children under 6 years.
As this may cause drowsiness, you shouldn't drive or operate machinery whilst under its influence. You also shouldn't mix it with alcohol.
I have found Benylin to be quite effective whenever I have had a bad cough. The medicine is easy to pour and is not too thick or gooey like some medicines. It goes down easily and tastes fine, unlike some cough syrups. It is very sticky so you may want to brush your teeth afterwards or have some water.
After I've taken Benylin I tend to feel a bit of a reduction in the pain and tightness in my chest. Coughing becomes a little less painful and when I use Benylin regularly then my coughs are only usually bad for two or three days, rather than a week or two. I haven't noticed any reduction in nasal congestion but I didn't buy cough medicine to help my nose.
I don't think this medicine is a miracle worker and it won't cure your cough overnight but it helps me to manage mine and reduces the discomfort. I will continue using it.
You can buy it at most supermarkets or pharmacies. It costs £3.34 for 150ml from Sainsburys, and a bottle will probably last you through one cold.
I have had a cough that has lasted for ages. I was put on anti biotics for a week, yet after that time I still had a cough and was still struggling to get much sleep as no matter how propped up I was going to sleep I would awake slumped down and the result was a massive coughing fit!
I called NHS direct for advise. Without going into too much yukky details as the color of things had changed they said the bacterial infection had gone but I was still left with a lot of stuff that I needed to get a linctus to help get rid of. They advised I popped to a local pharmacy to speak to the pharmacist and get what they recommended.
So I came home with Benylin Chesty Coughs Original at £4.29 for a 150ml glass bottle in a red/purple box. On the box it states it contains Diphenhydramine and Levomenthol and it has a soothing effect and deep penetrating relief.
Adults and children over 12 can take 2 5ml spoonfuls four times a day and children 6-12 can take 1 5ml spoonful four times a day. It says not to exceed stated dose and warns it can cause drowsiness and not to drive or operate machinery if affected. Also says to avoid alcohol.
I avoid cough linctus/medicines due to the taste. I only ever have them when the cough is too bad to ignore. This is the first time I have tried Benylin and I was quite surprised by the taste. It is difficult to describe, but it is not bad then again it is not nice. You can tell it is medicine but it does not make me shudder when I have it!
I took it for about 5 evenings and just before bed (did not want to take it during day as it did make me tired) and it did have a soothing effect. It seems to feel like it sticks around a while in my throat and esophagus and has a soothing feeling. As for my cough, it did help during the night, firstly because it made me tired and I found it easier to get to sleep and there was less coughing on the second night of taking the medicine. By the fifth night my cough had pretty much gone.
Two weeks later though and I have another cold and my cough has started back so giving it another try now and hopefully it wont last that long this time!
It is very sticky and I used a syringe style thing that you get in kids medicines as it stopped me from getting drips down the side of the bottle.
Has worked for me and I noticed it is currently on offer in Boots for I think around 70-80p off so worth a try, they also do a non drowsy one but as my cough was worse during the night I went for the original.
I bought two cough medicines within a period of two weeks - Benylin and Lemsip (both for chesty coughs) but one cost more that 70p more than the other - and the cheaper version appeared to work better. Benylin Chesty cough mixture was £3.39 from a local independent chemist. HYPE or FACT? On the bottle and box there are many claims from the manufacturers but are they factual or just hype? Here are my views on their claims: Benylin for Chesty coughs states that it is non-drowsy - a factor which is especially suited for those of us who have to drive. This seemed to work as stated so would appear to be factual. It has an immediate soothing effect - well this for me was just hype as it may have had a soothing effect but it certainly was not immediate and anything that claims to have an immediate effect should be taken with more than just a pinch of salt. It gives deep penetrating relief - to loosen phlegm, clear bronchial and nasal congestion and make your cough more productive - if I'd known that a cough could work I'd have given it the ironing to do! It certainly loosened the phlegm by the 3rd day but I do not think it made a blind bit of differnece to the nasal congestion - therefore this claim was only partially true. USAGE: The adult dosage is two 5ml spoons four times a day MAXIMUM. Children (6 to 12 years) is one 5ml spoonful four times a day. WARNINGS: Not recommended at all for children under 6. Pregnant women or those who are breast-feeding should consult a doctor before taking the product. Consult a pharmacist or doctor if symptoms persist. These are very sensible precautions and are present on most medication that is available either on prescription or over the counter. However, after reading the ingredients I believe that there should be a further warning - for diebetics. Each 5ml of syrup contains Guaifensi
n Ph Eur 100mg and L-Menthol Ph Eur 1.1mg. Other ingredients include glucose syrup, sugar solution, saccharin sodium, alcohol, sodium benzoate, colouring (E124). Sodium content 16.65mg/5ml. This sounds like a high salt content . Glucose and sugar solution are similar but very sugary but there is no warning for diabetics not to use it, which I would have thought it ought to do as too much sugar could cause them severe problems. To say that there is a high sugar content, the mixture does not taste overly sweet so could be deceptive for diabetics. It tastes OK but has a small aftertaste once you've swallowed it wihich is not too bad but would be better if there was no aftertaste at all. It is a dark red or even brown coloured liquid/syrup and is very thick. It was the best for loosening phlegm but not the best overall for price, effectiveness and taste. werewolf2
Benylin Chesty Coughs medicine has a soothing effect, easing the symptoms of a chesty cough / 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'.