A couple of weeks ago I went home to visit my parents and when I arrived I found my sister in a bit of a sorry state, lying on the couch nursing a very heavy cold. I was tempted at that point to turn around and march back to my flat as with several work deadlines looming the last thing I needed was a cold! However I decided to try my luck and hope my sister wasn't feeling too generous with her germs. However no such luck there and a couple of days later I too had a full-on cold along with a very sore throat and accompanying cough. Ordinarily I would have taken some time off work to rest but with an important presentation coming up I could not really afford to, so I soldiered on, with the help of some medicine along the way.
I developed a cough that was quite dry and one of those annoying ones that would start as a slight tickle and eventually caused a bit of a choking fit. On my way home from work I headed over to my local pharmacy and purchased some Benylin Dry Coughs syrup. I believe I paid around £4.50 for 150ml bottle, so it's not exactly a cheap product. Benylin is a well-known brand and one that I have used on previous occasions. This is a non-drowsy formula - important for me as I wanted to stay as alert as possible at work, and formulated to relieve irritating, dry coughs. It has a blackcurrant flavour, which is reflected in the purple colouring of the package (which differs from that in the picture above).
The recommended dose for adults and children over 5 years is 10ml (2x5ml spoonfuls) taken three to four times a day, whilst for children aged 1-5 one 5ml spoonful should be taken. This is stated on both the label on the bottle, as well as on the box itself. It should be noted that the liquid is unsuitable for children younger than 1 year old. The cough syrup comes in a small, transparent glass bottle, and the liquid inside is deep purple in colour. The lid at the top of the bottle is white in colour, made of metal and is sealed when first taken out of the box. Rather surprisingly this lid doesn't have a child-proof lock on it. As I don't have any children in my household this isn't a real issue for me, but if you do then this may be something to take into consideration. For me the lack of child-proofing is a positive thing as I find that such lids are often 'adult-proof' too, and I usually struggle to get them to open, so no such problems here!
The syrup itself is quite sweet, unsurprising since the bottle states that it contains both glycerine and liquid sugar. I should point out here that there is a warning on the box that the liquid may be harmful to teeth and for this reason I made sure I brushed my teeth around half an hour after taking this. There is also a warning that due to the high sugar content it may be unsuitable for those with a sugar intolerance or diabetics.
Now, back to the liquid itself. The syrup has a definite blackcurrant taste which is actually quite pleasant. I can see that this combined with its sweetness would make it quite appealing to young children. As I swallow the liquid has a warming sensation and I can feel it coating my throat, which acts to calms it and soothes the irritation. The relief is instantaneous and lasts for a couple of hours before the next dose is due. I don't think it acts to treat the cough or sore throat itself, rather its role is just to provide relief. The liquid lives up to its non-drowsy claim and I can function normally (or as normal as one can with a cold!)
Overall I can't really find too much fault with this cough syrup. It is a little on the expensive side and although relieves the symptoms of the cough, doesn't do anything to treat the underlying cause, which means you don't get rid of your cough any quicker by taking it. Four stars from me.
A few weeks ago my youngest daughter was suffering from a rather bad cold which led to an awful dry cough. I normally try and avoid medicines but the cough was really irritating her especially at night. I decided to get her some cough medicine but was a little unsure what to get as my daughter is only four so I popped to my local chemist to ask their advice. They recommended Benylin dry cough medicine as it is suitable for children over one.
The packaging must have recently been updated as it is a little different from Dooyoo's picture. It is presented in a purple cardboard packet which of course can be recycled when finished with. The Benylin logo is displayed at the top along with the product name. This product is a non- drowsy formula to give relief from dry irritating coughs. The flavour is also given, in this case it is Blackcurrant.
The side of the box gives plenty of general information and warnings along with a list of ingredients all of which should be read thoroughly before using. Some ingredients may not be suitable for some people so those in doubt should consult their doctor or pharmacists. The product is not suitable for children under one year. It is important to take the correct dosage. Dosage instructions are clearly given:
Children 1-5 : one 5ml spoonful to be taken three to four timed a day
Adults / elderly / children over 5 : Two 5ml spoonfuls to be taken three to four times a day.
The glass bottle is clear and therefore medicine can clearly be seen inside. There is a label around the bottle which gives similar information to the outer box. There is a screw on lid.
The medicine itself is dark purple in colour and of a thin runny consistency. It has a very sweet synthetic fruity smell. I cannot say that I have tasted this medicine myself but my daughter had no problems taking it and did not complain that it tastes particularly unpleasant. As with most medicines it is quite sticky so I would suggest having some wet wipes handy whilst using.
My daughter took this medicine for a couple of days and I was really happy with the results. She had no problems swallowing the medicine and it relieved her sore throat and cough brilliantly. A dose before bedtime ensured her cough was soothed enough for her to get a good nights sleep. This is a non - drowsy formula, my daughter did not experience any side effect tiredness whilst taking it. After about two days she began to feel much better and her cough had significantly improved.
Benylin Dry cough medicine was extremely effective and therefore I have no problem recommending it.
Boots (150ml) £4.59 - http://www.boots.com/en/Benylin-Dry-Cough-Blackcurrant-150ml_641524/
Tesco (150ml) £4.25 - http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=259453619
*Benylin dry cough is a medicine, it is important to read the instructions thoroughly. If in doubt, consult a doctor or pharmacist.
I do know that it is said that there is no cure for coughs but Benylin Dry Coughs original really does work. So how do I know this does? well within an hour of taking it my cough eased off. Now this might be just an coincidence but I dont think so.
You can buy Benylin over the counter of any Chemist. It costs £4.65 but although this is not cheap, if it does the job and this does then it is definately worth the money.
Who can take it
It is for Adults and Children aged 12 years and over. If you are pregnant or breast feeding dont forget to check with your doctor before taking any.
Dont use more than 4 doses in 24 hour. A dose is one spoon 5ml. The spoon is provided. Dont take more than stated as it could cause drowsiness and if you drove you would be a danger on the road and also avoid taking an alcoholic drink when using it.
For your moneys worth you get 150 ml and I have found before even used half of it the cough has gone. It does have one of those children safety tops you know the type press down the lid and turn.
It smells lovely a sort of blackberry smell and the liquid is a rose colour. It i thickish and syruppy taste but nice all the same. The box says and I have to copy this bit diphenhydramine, dextromethorphan and levomenthol which causes a soothing effect that relieves persistant coughs.
Benylin is a good brand and reliable and trustworthy.
So next time you get a cough I would definately recommend that you give this a try.
When you're suffering from a dry cough, Benylin Dry Coughs has a soothing effect and relieves persistent, dry irritating coughs.