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I've had a stinking cold for the past couple of days, and you know how it is when you're constantly hacking and coughing. Trying to sleep at night is virtually non-existance, and now my ribs and head hurt from all the coughing. So am currently dosed up to the eyeballs with painkillers, Sudafed and Benylin Mucus Cough.
PRICE AND PACKAGING
The glass bottle containing the Benylin comes in a cardboard light green and white box and currently costs £3.59 in Boots for a 150ml bottle. On the front of the bottle it tells you what kind of Benylin this is, as I say, the mucus one, and on the back of the box is all the information you need about it, contact details etc. The bottle has one of them safety caps on it that you need to push down and undo. Even I had a job opening it, so pretty safe around little ones.
On the bottle itself is the dosage instructions, advisory notes on when not to take the medicine, and not to give to children under the age of 12 yrs, contents and contact details.
The medicine itself is light red in colour. I can't tell you what it smells like as I currently lack a sense of smell. But the syrup isn't too thick, and it has quite a nice sweet taste as well. It says on the front of the box that this medicine thins and loosens chest mucus from the lungs and reduces chest congestion. It contains Guaifenesin (an expectorant) and Levomenthol (this helps you breath more easily by easing congestion).
On the bottle itself it tells you the dosage for adults and children ages 12 yrs and over. The dosage is to take two 5ml spoonfuls four times a day. A spoon is not included in this medicine, but I just use a normal teaspoon for this anyway.
As with all medicines, do read the instructions before use and what the side effects are. It don't actually say what the side effects are for this medicine, but does state that if you do get side effects to contact your Doctor.
If you have had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients (listen on the box) do not take the medicine or if you have children under the age of 12.
DOES IT WORK?
That is the main question! Well, I have noticed my chest has loosened up a lot over the course of the day. I have been taking the medicine as prescribed, and have noticed that when I cough it feels and sounds a lot looser, and I'm not coughing as much as I was yesterday. So yes, I think this is working for me. I was actually told by a friend to buy this medicine as she says it works for her.
Personally, I am happy with this. It tastes nice and it seems to be doing it's job. I shall finish the bottle off now and by then I hope I will be much more better.
Thanks for reading.
NOTE: This review is also writteon on Ciao under the same username.
I'm in a bit of a bad way at the moment - a sore throat that started on Saturday afternoon has now developed into a full blown chest infection and now, on Thursday afternoon, I am full of congestion with a bone rattling cough that is so painful it leaves my eyes watering.
I have been off work sick for 3 days and am so miserable I can't even enjoy watching Jeremy Kyle.
I've been trying to fight this off with vitamin c and plenty of water but last night I decided I needed something extra so I nipped across to the little Tesco across the road for some medicine.
This 150ml bottle is currently £3.50 although it is normally £4.40. The bottle top is the normal child proof "push down and twist" variety which to be honest I struggle with at the best of times.
The directions state that adults should take 2 5ml teaspoons up to 4 times a day to help loosen all the nastiness in your throat and chest.
The medicine is a thick dark red colour and doesn't taste horrible at all. I find that some cough medicine is really unpleasant or some are overly artificially sweet tasting but this is neither. It just tastes like medicine if that makes sense.
So does it work? Well yes, it certainly helps. Last night I got some sleep for the first time in 4 nights and I put it down to this. My cough is still there but this medicine soothed me to the point where I don't feel like I have to try to keep clearing my chest which I know is pointless as it is just aggravating my chest and throat.
I will continue taking this and if I am not better before I finish he bottle, I will not hesitate to buy another one.
I recently felt a little unwell and developed quite an irriating chesty cough which became quite troublesome. My cough kept me awake at night and I was continually coughing all of the time both day and night, so much so I not only kept my hubby awake at time but my neighbour could hear me coughing at night time. So I popped to see my local pharmacist to ask him which cough mixture I could buy over the counter which would be more effective. He recommend this cough mixture and told me if it didn't help in a couple of days to go see my GP.
It comes in a cardboard box and a bottle which has a child proof top. The mixture is quite a rich consistency syrup and it doesn't drip from the bottle while pouring it onto a spoon. It has a nice smell to it and one which is menthol and quite a pleasant enough smell. It is quite a strong menthol smell.
When I arrived home I took 2 x 5ml spoonful's immediately so that it could hopefully begin to work its magic. I found when I swallowed the first spoonful, it felt quite warming as it went down my throat and into my chest. It was quite a nice taste and not a nasty one. I didn't care if it tasted nasty or not, so long as it worked that's all that really mattered to me.
I could feel the syrup helped my chest feel less raw and uncomfortable for around 5 minutes or so after taking it. I did continue to keep coughing and barking for the next 4 hours until I took a second dose. After the second dose I still kept on coughing continually and this went on until the last dose of the day which was just before I went to bed. After my last dose of the day which was 4 doses, I felt my cough began to ease somewhat and my chest didn't feel quite as raw and I didn't feel so uncomfortable. I did still cough during the night but the next morning after my 5th dose I began to feel a whole lot better and I wasn't coughing as much and felt a lot more comfortable than I had in the previous days.
This syrup breaks down mucus from the lungs and helps to cough it up. I found it worked a treat after 5 doses and this is when I first began to cough it up. Once this process began and the mucus broke down I found that by the end of the second day, I was feeling much better and by the 3rd day I was almost back to normal again and hardly coughing at all. I did have a slight tickly cough but nothing as severe as before taking this syrup.
This syrup really helped ease my troublesome cough, I even got on my own nerves coughing all of the time but I did try to work it off but I simply couldn't. I think this mixture works perfectly for breaking down mucus which get lodged and can be so irritating and extremely uncomfortable. I think a couple of days time scale is quite a good time for easing a very bad cough because it does take this length of time to break and thin mucus and it isn't something which can be done immediately.
It costs £4 for a 150ml bottle and I think it is well worth this price in my opinion and it is well worth the price too. The quality of the syrup is really good too.
It is recommended 2 x 5ml orally and not to exceed this dosage no matter how bad a cough may be, taking more of the syrup won't help the cough any greater than by taking the recommended dose.
I am back to normal now and feel a whole lot better. This syrup worked a treat for helping my cough and I am really pleased I bought it over the counter. I will buy it again in the future if the need arises because it is nice tasting and worked well for my recovery.
I highly do recommend this syrup if you have a troublesome cough which needs attention. I don't think you would be disappointed with the taste of it or the time it takes to break down the mucus.
Also appears on Ciao under my username pinky50.
I give this syrup 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Benylin Mucus cough.
I am currently on holiday from work and as is typical every time I seem to be off from work these days I either end up with a chest infection, cough or as at Christmas the flu.
This time my cough seems to be on my chest and despite coughing all the time I could not seem to clear the thick horrible phlegm it just could not be cleared at all. I was concerned because I did not want to go on to develop a chest infection which invariably it would have developed into. I had reviewed the original chesty cough Benylin which was quite effective at Christmas but when I saw the mucus cough one I thought it might be better it was supposed to breakdown and loosen the mucus. I decided to head off to Asda to buy some cough mixture. I had already decided before leaving home that I needed Benylin and did not mind paying the extra for it on this occasion as I felt a bit rough.
Benylin has produced cough mixtures for as long as I can remember and used to find them very effective in helping ease the symptoms of chesty coughs. On this occasion I do not think it has been that effective for me. Benlyin produce different types of cough mixture but the one I really wanted was to help clear the mucous by thinning it so that it is easier to expectorate.
This Benylin comes in a 150 ml bottle which is packaged in a box. Inside the box there is a small brown bottle with a child proof white top. The label is green white and the Benylin logo is on the top with the words mucus underneath it. It is recommended for use in children over 12 years of age and the suggested dosage is 10mls up to four times a day.
It contains Guaifenesin which is supposed to loosen and thin the mucus in the lungs although there is much despute amongst the medical profession about the effectiveness of this medicine to do what it claims. It also contains alcohol so would be not a useful medicine with chronic alcoholism who may be on certain types of drugs which may cause a reaction to alcohol. Another ingredient is levomenthol which gives a warming sensation to the trachea and may help with easing difficulty in breathing.
I took the medicine with the hope that within an hour It would start to work by making it easier to cough up and expectorate. I did not think that it helped at all in fact I gave it several more doses thinking that it may well help. Alas I am going to have to say I did not feel that it really made any difference and perhaps I should have gone for the much cheaper option of something like Asda own chesty cough syrup at half the price and double the amount which is quite strong tasting but it has worked far better for me in the past. To be honest I think that despite Benylins good reputation and the effectiveness of its normal product I do not think it was worth the £4.29 I paid for it.
Based on my use of Benylin mucus cough mixture I would not recommend it as I did not feel that it gave me any noticeable results and I am disappointed with the lack of its effectiveness. I won't be buying this again and will more than likey stick to the original Benylin.
I was offered this medicine by my Pharmacist at my local Boots when I went there complaining of a very persistent chest infection. Having also been described antibiotics, I needed something that would help to relieve my cough and this worked wonders. While my cough was chesty and was producing mucus, my body wasn't always bringing any up, therefore coughing became painful and ultimately, pointless.
The ingredients in this medicine however, acted as an expectorant which broke down the phlegm that was building up in my lungs and enabled me to cough more productively. This drained most of the excess mucus from my lungs, espcially at night when my cough became much worse. I can't say that it cured my cought but it definitely helped me at times when I would find myself in fits of coughing i.e. before bedtime and after having laid flat.
The taste was completely bearable too and the thickness of the mixture soothed my throat and lungs almost instantly. I would definitely recommend this medicine for chest infections and coughs which are phlegmy and persistant, especially for those which get worse at night.
A few weeks ago I had a horrible, nasty, phglemy cough which caused me to bring up thick mucus so I tried the usual cough sweets, lozenges, Friars Balsam etc but to no avail.
In the end I went to have a word with my local pharmacist who, after asking me several questions about my state of health, what medication I was taking etc advised I tried this Benilyn mucus Cough. I had the choice of the drowsy/ non-drowsy so chose the latter.
I paid just over £2 for the 125ml bottle and I have to say it was worth every penny.
The box is as shown in the picture and inside there is a small amber glass bottle with a child-proof cap. Also inside is an explanatory leaflet which lists all the ingredients, directions on how to take it, who/who should not use it plus possible side effects. It also clearly states that only those over 12 years of age should take this medicine.
On undoing the top I noticed a rather pleasant fruity but medicinal smell which wasn't unpleasant (some cough remedies I have tried smell disgusting!). The taste reminded me of cherry flavoured Tunes when I first tried it but there was a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth a few minutes later. However, because this stuff worked for me, I'm not knocking off any stars for this fact and it may well have been partly due to the cough itself.
The mixture is quite sticky but not runny nor too thick. It is easy to pour although it tended to drip down the side of the bottle and the lid after use. A quick wipe with a kitchen roll soon sorted this out and, once again, I won't knock a star off as most liquid medicines I have used seem to dribble down the side however careful you try and pour them!
I took 2x 5ml spoonfuls as directed and then 2 more doses 4 hours apart and I have to say by the end of the day I began to feel a whole lot better. The expectorant was working but I do not intend to go into great detail and let you use your imagination.
My chest felt looser and I did not feel as breathless, the mucus had changed from being heavy and grey to a light, paler type and the heaviness I'd previously felt on my lungs had shifted.
It took me just 4 days to get back to normal and I took no other medication so I think I am correct when I say that it was the Benilyn Mucus that did the trick and would therefore recommend it because thankfully it worked for me.
I normally just buy Beechams All in 1 Medicine as I find that when I have the cold or flu then there is so many things that are needing to be treated such as the Hot Head, Blocked Nose, Sore Throat and so on, but I know that your Average Cough bottle can treat all different symptoms anyway and when I had a particularly Sore Throat and bit of a Cough then I tried this. There wasn't that many different Cough Bottles on the shelves in Asda when I got this but I figured after reading the blurb on the bottle that this would probably do a good enough job.
This comes in a 300ml bottle and was on an Asda Rollback price of £4 when I got this. Pretty average price. The box is an ok colour. It is colourful enough and there is a good enough description on the back of what this claims to do and a long list of ingredients. The bottle looks the standard looking glass bottle with the label around it. It the box you get a measuring spoon, but i've got a little stack of the little plastic measure cups in the house from other bottles and I tend to swig from them instead.
The dosage for adults is 2 of the 5ml spoons and you can have this every 4 hours with a maximum dosage of 4 doses within a 24 hour period. Due to myself being up at 6am, and going to be around 10pm, then I suppose I could go with 5 doses in a day if it was every 4 hours, but that is obviously too much so I have to perhaps gap the doses out.
This is the usual sticky Syrup kind of Medicine. Doesn't taste all that bad considering, since Medicine usually tastes rotten, but swig this down and wait for it to work.
So this works by breaking up all the Gunk that is sitting in your chest, and I found that even after taking my first dose of this then I found when I was coughing then I was bringing up a bit of Mucus, and therefore I felt as if it was working . After a day of this I was feeling a good bit better and didn't feel the need to cough as much and my breathing felt a bit better.
I would buy this again as it does a good job and seemed to do what it is meant to do.
Recently I've been rather unwell, like most people I caught the cold going round and ended up with a cough but unlike some my cough developed into an antibiotic situation as I'm asthmatic and ended up with a nasty chest infection. However, before I realised it had got to that stage I was trying to self-treat with cough medicine and the like. One of the items I sent my partner out for while I hacked up my lungs was Benylin Mucus cough medicine. I particularly wanted that one as it sounded like it would really help my mucous filled chest and help me cough some of that awful stuff out.
Benylin Mucus contains Guaifenesin which is an expectorant so should help loosen phlegm which makes it easier to cough up, it also contains levomenthol to help you breathe more easily. It also contains sugar in the form of sucrose and liquid glucose so diabetics should be careful with this. There is also 5% volume alcohol and it does say to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you drink alcohol or are an alcoholic. You should also talk this medicine through before taking it if you suffer from liver or kidney problems, have had a cough for a few weeks that may be caused by asthma or a cough that produces alot of phlegm, if pregnant or breast-feeding or have epilepsy. Now I really should have heeded the advice to asthmatics despite the fact I was only a week into my cough but you know how it is, you think it will help.
The dose is two 5ml spoonfuls four times a day and no more than four doses in any 24 hour period. Children over 12 can use this medicine too. The medicine should be stored out of the reach of children, not above 30 degrees and should not be used after the expiry date. So that's all the boring stuff out of the way.
The box is a silver and green shiny affair and has a picture of a chest with gold arrows on it pointing upwards which should make us think of phlegm being coughed up, but in a nice way! It claims to "thin and loosen chest mucous" and frankly the advertising works because I really believed this was a new product. More on that later.
The medicine is a dark brown and helpfully (not) stains your tongue if you take it for a few days in a row. My bottle was 300ml and cost my partner over £7 which I was fairly shocked about if I'm honest. It tastes like all cough medicine, that horrible taste that requires you to pull a face every time you take it!
So I'm all kitted out with my swanky new mucus medicine and I'm coughing so bad my lungs feel like they are trying to escape from my ribcage so I start to take it. My partner had a mild cough at the same time so he took some too. He found it really helped with bringing up the phlegm, I on the other hand found it didn't help one bit. My experience of this was obviously marred by the fact mine was a chest infection and this medicine just couldn't cope with that. I finally gave in and saw my GP who prescribed some super strong antibiotics and only then did my chest start to loosen off and my temperature go down. I won't hold that against the medicine though as that's not what it's for. As it worked fine for my partner I can only say it does work. It doesn't set out to suppress the cough, just to make the phlegm come up easier so the cough goes away once that's done.
However here is my issue with this. I had a bottle of Benylin Chesty Coughs medicine which has been around for years and decided to compare ingredients. You guessed it, the ingredients are identical between the two, the amounts of active ingredients are just the same and the only differences I could find was the box, the names and the price. A 300ml bottle of the original, and just the same if you check, Chesty Cough medicine costs about £2 less than this "new" product. I'm pretty unimpressed about this and feel like we were had and I can definitely say I won't opt for this version over the chesty cough version in the future.
So 3 stars for the help it gave my partner's cough but 2 stars are lost for the fact it isn't any different in ingredients to the Chesty version and a bit of a rip off in my opinion!
Last year when I got my first cough of the winter as usual it went straight to my chest and it was a yucky mucous cough with lots of horrid phlegm being brought up, my local pharmacy suggested I try the Benylin Mucous cough syrup. The reason she suggested it was a lot of people were reporting it was helpful in reducing the phlegm and making them feel better. So off I went and I have to say this has been the best cough syrup that I have ever had for getting rid of the nasty phlegm.
What is it?
The cough syrup comes in a cardboard box that has the Benylin logo in red on it with green yellow and white pictures on the front of a chest. The syrup it self comes in an amber glass bottle with a child safe cap on it.
The recommended dose for adults and children over 12 years old is Two 5 ml spoonfuls up to four times a day.
The main active ingredient in this medicine is Guaifenesin which produces an expectorant action within 24 hours. This formulation is a non drowsy one but you can also buy a night time version that does have some extra ingredients that make you feel drowsy too.
The syrup itself is red in colure and is like most cough syrups very sticky. The taste I have to say is very similar to cherry flavoured tunes in my experience and it is not unpleasant to taste.
As I mentioned I was recommended to try this by my local pharmacist. When I was taking my first few doses what I did noticed was how easy it was to swallow as the taste of the medicine is not unpleasant and it does feel soothing on my hack ridden throat. Now the medicine whilst giving some immediate relief from the cough by the soothing of my throat doesn't actually reduce the mucous produced straight away or loosen it so there is more coughed up. For me to notice these effects on my body takes generally a day or two. What I tend to find then is that I am still coughing up phlegm but instead of it being sticky and tacky it is more watery and thin and no longer in the disgusting blobs that it is at the beginning of a cold and cough. I tend to find by day 4 or 5 of taking this syrup that my cough whilst still present to a degree is significantly better than it was and the weighty feeling on my chest has gone and my cough is no longer producing yucky phlegm. After having such a positive first experience last year with this medicine I when a cough appeared the other week I went straight to Boots to buy another bottle of this and sure enough within 4 to 5 days again my cough had significantly reduced and I felt able to breath better and my body was no longer racked with coughing up phlegm. This is a non drowsy formula and I have never noticed any sedative effects from using it and I have never felt my concentration has been impaired in any way.
As this is a non drowsy version I have found that when I have taken this on night I still have woken myself up coughing. However Benylin also do a Night version of this cough syrup which I have used as I have found the drowsy benefits of the night version help me get better nights sleep than this one.
I would defiantly recommend this to other people who have chesty mucous coughs as it works a treat. If you use it alongside the night version I find it works best as this medication alone wasn't enough to help me get through the night without waking myself up coughing. At around £5 a bottle it isn't the cheapest cough medication but I do think it is worth it.
One thing I have discovered about having children is that not only does my son pick up a wide variety of bugs, coughs and cold but also that he kindly shares them with his Mummy. Earlier this year I was suffering the effects of a particularly bad cough and cold and like most of these types of illnesses they seem to be worse at night. I have tried menthol chips in a basin of warm water but these only seemed to clear my nose for about ten minutes and by the time I returned to bed I was no better off. After a few sleepless nights I decided to visit the chemist. I spoke to the pharmacist about my combinations of symptoms and explained that with a young son it was important I got some sleep at night. She recommended Benylin Mucus cough night.
The box advertises that if suffering a cough and cold your nose often becomes blocked at night and this medicine is designed to soothe cough, clear blocked nose and aid restful sleep. The medicine contains Guaifenesin, diphenhydramie and Levomenthol.
This medicine is designed for children over twelve years of age and adults and the dosage is:
10 mls at bedtime followed by a further 10mls every six hours as required. It advises not to take more than four doses in 24 hours.
The bottle itself is a brown glass bottle which does not have a childproof lid so extra caution must be taken with young children around. The liquid can be seen through the bottle.
I removed the lid to reveal a red medicine which reminded me of a slight smell of cherry. I took two 5 mls spoonfuls which while certainly did taste of cough medicine wasn't too unpleasant. The first night I took it I didn't have great expectations but took myself off to bed with a book, a box of tissues and three pillows to prop myself up. Each night I had got into bed and simply started coughing and struggling to breathe however I was surprised to find my breathing was actually getting easier and I was starting to feel drowsy. On the first night I slept solidly for the first time in days and did not wake up coughing . I woke about seven hours later feeling more refreshed and my chest while not better certainly did feel clearer than it had the previous night. I continued to use the medicine for another four nights and was very impressed with he results. I was slightly worried when I stopped taking it whether I would be able to sleep without the aid of my amazing medicine but I had no problem.
A few weeks ago I was suffering again with a cold this time I wasn't suffering from a cough my whole body was aching all over. I took paracetamol and took myself to bed. I was faced with the familiar problem of not been able to breathe. I tried my son's karvol capsules, a menthol chips steam bath and still I couldn't breathe so decided to root through the medicines to see if I could find anything to help me breathe and sleep. I found the mucus cough night and decided even though I wasn't suffering from a cough this would help my symptoms. I took the recommended dose and was once again after about twenty minutes able to breathe and drift off to sleep. This medicine does not contain paracetamol so can be taken as a combination. I only needed this medicine for two nights until I started to feel better but once again was very happy with the effectiveness.
While this medicine is for me an amazingly useful medicine I do not understand why you would be taking it every six hours. I have only ever taken it once a day so unless you are planning to sedate yourself through day. It does have a warning do not operate machinery or drive if affected and also advises to avoid alcohol with this medicine. I have only ever taken one dose at night as I do have to get up with a young child.
I have also found the side of this bottle has become quite sticky from dribbles of medicine.
I cannot rate this medicine highly enough and though it is something I forget about when well it has helped me get the rest I need to recover from my coughs and colds.
The bottles are available in 150mls and 300mls. A 300mls bottle is currently available at Tesco's for £7.49 which while not the cheapest medicine it is well worth it for me.
When you're suffering from a deep, chesty cough, but still want to get on with your normal daily routine, Benylin Mucus Cough works deep down to loosen phlegm, clear bronchial congestion, and make your cough more productive.