Product Type: Benylin Coughs, Colds & Flus
Newest Review: ... 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 fo... more
Relief for dry coughs!
Benylin Dry Coughs Original
Member Name: ms_123
Benylin Dry Coughs Original
Advantages: relieves dry cough, tasty
Disadvantages: bad for teeth, a little on the expensive side
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.
Summary: great relief for dry coughs
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