“ Brand: Boots / Type: Cough mixture „
Boots Pholcodine Linctus B.P
After coming back from a rather hectic and wild holiday in Portugal my body gave up and unfortunately I ended up getting a really sore and dry throat. I called the doctor who advised me it was simply a viral infection and to buy the usual painkillers and sore throat relief aids from a supermarket or pharmacy.
I begrudgingly dragged myself down to Boots and picked up a bottle of their own brand Boots Pholcodine Linctus B.P. I looked at the ingredients and this had exactly the same as the branded products for a quarter of the price and so I took a bottle home with me.
The medicine comes in a brown tinted glass bottle and holds 200 ml of the linctus medicine inside. On the top of the bottle is a screw on and off blue metal lid that can be firmly locked shut to stop spillages. The front of the bottle has a simple blue and white label with the Boots branding and product title. Underneath this is a short description of the product stating that it relieves dry, tickly coughs, which is exactly what I wanted to hear.
On the back of the bottle are the ingredients and dosage instructions, which includes the product being suitable for both adults and children over six years old. For adults and children over 12 take two 5 ml spoonful's up to four times a day. For children under 12 one spoonful up to four times a day is the dosage. The main ingredientin this medicine is pholcodine, which is a cough suppressant and suppresses dry, tickly coughs.
I believe this dosage to be the standard cough medicine amount for off the shelf medicines, I do adhere to these instructions but will take a spoonful or two more if I really feel it is necessary. The medicine has a very sugary and sweet taste to it and is a thick, clear glutinous liquid. It actually tastes really nice and moreish and immediacy coats my throat in smooth and sweet goodness, relieving my dry and sore throat with good effect.
I used this medicine on and off for a few days until my sore throat has subsided and I didn't feel the need to constantly cough and splutter all of the time. It definitely helped me to combat the need to cough and soothed my dry throat. I used about half of the bottle in these three days and so there is enough left for next time, but it is quite cheap to buy anyway compared to the branded products on offer at £3 a bottle, only available at Boots.
A few times over the last couple of years I've been stuck with a tickly cough, usually during the season when the flu and colds are rife. I have tried numerous cough mixtures and syrups but found that most of them were just sugar, sugar and more sugar which provided only momentary relief. After talking to the pharmacist in Boots they recommended that I try their Pholcodine Linctus, and I'm very glad that I did. The Linctus is only available over the counter and you will need to ask a pharmacist before you can purchase it.
I have purchased Boots Pholcodine Linctus a few times now. It is available in a 200ml bottle and usually costs £2-3. It comes in a brown glass bottle with a white child proof cap. The cap proves a challenge for some people, myself included sometimes, and you have to make sure you push it down firmly before twisting to open. The cap is plastic, which makes it easy to clean, which is very handy as the Linctus is quite sticky.
The main ingredient to this Linctus is Pholcodine, as the name suggests. This ingredient (5mg per 5ml) is a cough suppressant for dry, tickly and unproductive coughs. Pholcodine works primarily on the central nervous system, and causes a depression of the cough reflex, which I find quite amazing and very relieving at 3am during a coughing fit. The actual medicine is clear in colour, relatively thick and has quite a strong smell. The flavour of it is much the same as the smell, and although not unpleasant it it's something I particularly enjoy.
The recommended dose for adults and children over 12 is two 5ml spoonfuls 3-4 times daily. For children 6-11 years of age the dose is one 5ml spoonful 3-4 times daily. The product isn't suitable for children under 6 years old. As with any other medication, it is important not to exceed the stated dose and to contact your GP if your symptoms do not go away, or start to get worse.
I found an almost immediate effect from using this. The first time I used it the result was such a relief, as I was able to go without coughing. During the worst of my cough still had the sensation towards the end of the dose, however I could still just about suppress the cough. I used the maximum dose stated and found that this was enough to control my cough, it also stopped me from coughing during the night and waking myself up. Quite frankly it was a lifesaver for both my throat and sanity!
As with any medication there is a long list of potential side effects, I didn't experience any though. There is also advice on certain health groups who shouldn't take this cough mixture, for example those with liver or kidney failure amongst others. I would recommend taking to your GP or pharmacist if you have any concerns of the suitability of this, or any other product.
I would 100% recommend this product. It is very cheap, easy to take and won't extremely effectively. It's the only cough mixture that I have truly found to work, and actually suppresses a tickly cough rather than just soothing your throat like many cough mixtures. I would thoroughly recommend keeping a bottle in the cupboard.
I only ever buy cough medicine that contains active ingredients, some syrups are designed to soothe but not actually do anything. I asked the chemist in Boots which would be best for a dry non productive cough -one were you don't cough anything up- and she gave me their Boots own brand Pholcodine.
There were plenty of other brands with the same cough suppressant (pholcodine) ingredient's but these were a lot dearer. Although Boots Pholcodine had gone up in price by quite a lot since I last bought it- going from £1.70 odd for 200 ml to around the £3 mark. I don't think it's on the shelf, I have to ask for it behind the counter.
The bottle is dark brown glass with a white and blue label which has clear directions and warnings- for example people with chest/breathing problems shouldn't take it. The lid is a screw top- but not child proof.
The dosage is as follows-
one 5 ml spoonful four times a day as necessary for the over 6's
two 5 ml spoonful's four times a day as necessary for the over 12's
I like the taste of it, it hasn't got that strong menthol or the general strong taste of other medicines. The kid's don't mind the taste either and will happily take it. Pholcodine has a nice texture and consistency too.
This stuff really does work for me almost straight away. The effects last a few hours by which time it's fine to take another dose. I find it especially helpful at bedtime working long enough for me to fall asleep. I can't say it 'cures' a cough but breaking the cycle of dry coughing seems to help get rid of it sooner.
I won't buy any other cough suppressant brand. A supermarket did a similar one with the same amount of active ingredient but I found it didn't work well- it was the same price too, again that was behind the counter in the chemisty bit.
Pholcodine doesn't help with anything other than a dry cough, it temporarily soothes a sore throat but that's about it, it doesn't help with congestion or catarrh but I use tablets for that sort of stuff anyway. The only down side is if I use it too often it becomes less effective. Also it's a mild sedative and can make me drowsy- but that's good at bedtime. I've had no side effects from taking this mixture, I haven't got addicted to it or anything.
5 stars from me- I just hope they still make it, they did the last time I bought it not long ago but I can't find it on the Boot's website. Maybe it's only available in store.
I have used Boots Pholcodine Linctus for many years now and have always had a bottle stored in my medicine cupboard just in case. Boots Pholcodine Linctus is ideal for the treatment of dry and tickly coughs and each 5ml of solution contains 5mg of Pholcodine. The medicine comes in a 200ml bottle and the label is very clear. The mainly white label has a band of blue around the bottom and the Boots logo and the words 'Pholcodine Linctus' are written boldly on the front of the bottle. A blue cap finishes off the colour coding and there are no doubts that this is a Boots home brand product.
Generally I do think Boots products are a little more expensive than other supermarket brands, but at £2.95 for a 200ml bottle I find this quite reasonable. The medicine is very effective and tastes sweet enough to be liked my children. The instructions state children under 6 years of age should not take this medicine, but children 6-11 are to take one 5ml spoonful 3 or 4 times a day, and for adults to take 2 5ml spoonfuls 3 or 4 times a day as needed. The instructions also give a few warnings, and these include avoiding the medicine if you have liver or kidney failure.
I find the medicine of a sweet enough taste to not hate it, and I don't mind taking it at all. The mixture isn't too thick, but it does have a consistency allowing it to line your throat to give maximum effect to the problem area. It works very well for my dry or tickly coughs, and I can't see any negatives about this product. It is easily stored in the cupboard and is used my all the family as nobody has taken a dislike to the taste.
Last year I had a bout of tonsillitis and it left me with a most irritating tickly cough. It was driving me mad and I am sure that hubby felt like putting a pillow over my face having to listen to me coughing all the while.
I went and visited my doctor to ask if there was anything I could take to help to relieve the cough and he prescribed a bottle of pholcodine which seemed to do the trick to a certain extent but it soon ran out and the cough returned.
I went to Boots and asked if there was anything they could recommend and to my surprise I found that pholcodine is available without prescription so I purchased a bottle.
The bottle of pholcodine contained 200ml of the linctus and cost me £2.95. As this bottle is not contained in any other packaging you need to check that the seal on the bottle is not broken before you begin to use the linctus. That way you can be certain that it has not been tampered with in any way.
The bottle is a standard brown glass medicine bottle with a metal blue screw top so it is all recycleable once it is empty.
The label is very plain in blue and white with the Boots logo and wording which reads 'Pholcodine linctus B.P. relieves dry, tickly coughs'. The instructions for use are on the back of the label.
This linctus is suitable for adults and children over six years of age and the dose is as follows:
Adults and children over twelve years of age should take two 5ml spoonfuls up to four times a day as necessary.
Children between the ages of six and twelve years old should take just one 5ml spoonful up to four times a day as necessary.
The medicine is fairly sweet tasting and isn't unpleasant at all so it is easy to take. I did wonder how effective it would be as my dad always used to tell me that the worse a medicine tasted the more good it would do you! I wonder if he told me that so I would always take my medicine no matter how bad it tasted. LOL!
I found that this linctus was effective in stopping my tickly cough. Although the effect didn't last as long as I would have liked it did offer some relief for both me and for hubby!
Clearly if you are taking two 5ml spoonfuls four times a day a bottle containing just 200ml is only going to last five days but if the symptoms persist you really should go and have a word with your doctor.
You must be over sixteen years of age to be able to purchase this product and there are various warnings as to the use of the linctus.
You should not take it if you have liver or kidney failure or if you are having difficulty breathing, have long term lung problems or have an infection which means that you have phlegm on your chest. Pholcodine should not be taken alongside other cough and cold medicines, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors which are taken for depression. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should check with your doctor before taking any medicine and this one is no exception.
As with all medicines this should be kept out of reach of children.
In conclusion I would say that this is a good, cheap cough medicine which helps to relive the tickly cough for a while but it doesn't actually get rid of it. I would give it four stars taking one away for the fact that the effects don't last as long as I would like.