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      26.02.2014 11:02

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      Buttercup syrup is an excellent product, but be very careful when using, as when opening, the security seal on the neck of the bottle leaves razor sharp edges on the cap, which easily cause painful cuts when unscrewing. This was not confined to one bottleI tried to give this info to the manufacturers, but nowhere could I find an email address or customer service contact, or even who makes it, as the names on the package appear to be distribution or bottling facilities.My advise is to remove the cap, and rub it on emery paper to remove the sharp edges, or buy something else.Other than that, I think this is the best on the market, but please, if the cough persists, see a doctor (and I speak from experience)

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      25.07.2013 21:51
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      Not going to cure you but great for a little bit of relief.

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      I have spent all week suffering from a cold and decided to leave halls of residence and go home for the weekend for some sympathy (not that I got any!). As soon as I got home I rummaged through the cupboard for anything that might help with my agonising sore throat and nasty cough. I came across a green box with a picture of a buttercup on it - buttercup syrup! It is something I had always been given when I was younger to help with a sore throat and as far as I could remember it had always been pretty successful so I gave it a try.

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      It comes in a clear glass bottle with a screw cap (not at all child proofed so it needs to be kept safe). The liquid inside is relatively thick (compared to water) and dark brown! It looks revolting but I don't think the taste is too bad!

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      The dosage for children over 2 years old is one 5 ml spoonful, three times a day and at bedtime when the cough is troublesome and the dosage for adults and children over l2 years old is two 5 ml spoonfuls, three times a day and at bedtime when the cough is troublesome. To be honest I have found that there are times where I feel like I need more doses and have occasionally done so without any obvious harm.

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      Buttercup syrup contains two active ingredients, neither of which I have heard of before! They are squill liquid extract and stronger capsicum tincture. I have researched these ingredients on medical sites and it turns out that squill liquid is a mild expectorant which basically means it encourages coughing, to loosen the mucus and thin, it seems a bit odd that something designed for if you have a cough actually makes you cough more! But I guess its to make you better and I have really benefited from using buttercup syrup so I'm not complaining!!!! The other active ingredient, Capsicum tincture is what gives the buttercup syrup its smell and has the warming effect on your throat which is actually very nice and soothing on a sore throat!!

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      It's hard to describe the taste of buttercup syrup as it doesn't taste like anything else I have ever eaten! Some of the ingredients are aniseed (which you can definitely taste), menthol (which you can taste a bit), peppermint and clove oil so as you can imagine it is quite a strong and unique flavour! I personally like it as I love the gentle burning feeling of it on my throat, I know some people who find the taste too strong but they have found it pretty effective on their throats so they still use it and just put up with the taste!!

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      Buttercup syrup comes in either a 75ml bottle which costs just under £2.50, a 150ml bottle which costs just over £3 or a 200ml bottle which costs just under £4.50. Buttercup syrup is available in most chemists, including the ones in Tescos, Asda etc.

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      I do really rate Buttercup Syrup and always keep a bottle in the medicine cupboard. Whilst it is not going to completely cure you or remove all of your throat pain It does have a nice soothing effect when I have a sore throat and I have found it quite relieving when I have a cough too, especially when I feel very "mucussy" (pretty sure that is not a word!). Another benefit is that as it doesnt contain any painkillers as such you can still take your aspirin, paracetamol etc alongside it without risk of a bad reaction. It isn't really too expensive and gives much needed relief when you have a sore throat so I recommend that you give it a try.

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        14.05.2013 10:07
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        For me, the best treatment out there

        I think I'd go as far as to say that I actually *like* the taste of Buttercup syrup, which is a bit of a strange one, I know ... you're not supposed to enjoy medicines are you?!

        I wouldn't know where to start to try and describe the flavour - I can tell you what it's not, compared to other cough mixtures - it's not fruity (eg cherry), not honey & lemon, it's not medicated, it's not like any other cough mixtures. Having got in a tangle with that sentence I have just had a cheeky sip ! (When I said I liked the taste, don't worry, I haven't got a problem, honestly!) Is 'warm' a flavour?! It definintely tastes warm, and in some ways it's a bitter taste, something herby maybe.... I'm going to have to give up, and go for description of the taste as "unique"!

        Anyway, onto the more important stuff - how it works for me. The "syrup" element of this cough mixture is the really effective bit for me. When you take the mixture, you really do feel it coating your throat, and I find I always get immediate noticeable results for two things. First, if it's a sore throat, it really takes the edge off and soothes immediately. Second, if I'm taking it for a tickly cough - it calms things down and stops me coughing. Best of all in my opinion, if you can manage it, though is to try and gargle with it. Whether or not it's true I don't know, but when I do that, I feel like it coats my throat much more thoroughly, and the effects last longer.

        Two good spoonfuls of this at bedtime stops most coughs in their tracks for me. It does also say on the bottle its for colds, but I don't really see the true benefits where colds are concerned, there are more effective treatments out there for cold-specific symptoms. Having said that, the syrup does have a warming effect, and I suppose the hint of menthol I can see how it would benefit. I usually do take it with a cold, but that's because almost invariably for me, the cold and the sore throat/cough go hand-in-hand.

        It's two active ingredients are "Squill liquid extract", which I discovered is an expectorant and "Capsium Tincture", which gives the warming effect.

        There bottle warnings say 2x 5ml spoonfuls 3 times a day and at bedtime. I find this is enough, as the effects are surprisingly long lasting.

        A small bottle (75ml) can be picked up for around £2 but I usually buy a large bottle (150ml) which is about £3.50 in the local independent chemist. I always like to keep some in the cupboard because of the instant relief it gives if you are caught by an unexpected sore throat.

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        24.09.2012 20:19
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        I would recommend the product as a fix for a dry cough

        Buttercup Original Flavour Syrup - 150 ml £3.49 at Boots

        Buttercup is a cough syrup that is non-drowsy. You should never exceed the recommended dose, (for over 12's this is two 5ml spoonfuls three times a day and two spoonfuls can be taken at bedtime, and for under 12's the does is one 5ml spoon three times day day). The bottle should be shaken before use.

        The product is sold for the relief of coughs colds and sore throats, and has a soothing and effective affect. If your symptoms persist you should seek attention from a doctor.

        For me I find this medication to be great when I have a dry tickly cough and I am in a situation where I cannot have a hot cup of lemon and honey to soothe my throat. I realise that I could achieve the same soothing effect with a cough drop of some kind however this is 'dissolved' instantly. I have to admit that I am bad at taking this medication and tend to sip it from the bottle when I am hit by a coughing fit - I had to hit the chemist on the way back for my first day at lectures today.

        I realise it is rather uncouth however it did stop me being kicked out for being unable to stop coughing throughout my first day back. I do feel that as a 'cure' for a cough or cold it is probably a placebo but as a tool to soothe a dry cough for me it works well as a temporary fix.

        As with all medications they should be kept out of reach of children and if you are allergic to any of the contents you should not take them (check the label the one I miss out would be the one that you may be allergic to)... This medication is not recommended for children under two, pregnant women and should specifically be avoided by people who cannot drink alcohol.

        You should not exceed the daily dose, and if you do you should seek medical attention.

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          21.03.2012 09:22
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          I had always seen this Cough Medicine in the shops but had never bothered to buy it as to be honest the name Buttercup doesn't exactly sound like a strong kind of Medicine. If anyone has watched the tv series Friends then it is the same idea - the Washing Powder Snuggles sounds soft and fluffy while Uberweisse sound tough doesn't it, so I think there is something in a name. The reason I ended up buying this is because I was looking for a different Medicine and since I got to Asda late then the only choices was what was on the shelf.

          This comes in a 150ml bottle and I paid £4 for this from Asda.

          The bottle looks alright. Just a simple glass bottle with a picture of a Buttercup on the label.

          Just take 2 5ml spoons of this at a time. You can take this up to 3 times and a day. To be honest I am used to taking a higher dosage of medicine than this as Day Nurse you can take more at a time and also mose dosages.

          This Syrup is a medium thickness and not the nicest tasting - as is the usual with any Medicine. It isn't the worst that I have tasted though, but pity this wasn't a light Buttercup tasting Medicine.

          I found that this worked alright. I had all the general symptoms of the Cold and I found this to seem to ease them all. I felt that this helped especially with my tickly, scratchy Cough and it worked better than I felt it would.

          I would consider buying this again. It done just as good a job as any other medicine. Don't let the fluffy name put you off!

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          06.03.2011 11:42
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          a great old fashioned cough syrup

          Over the last few months both my partner and I seem to have taken it in turns to have coughs and colds. So when the last one arrived I took a trip to my local Superdrug to see what remedies I could find to ease the discomfort especially during the night when you always tend to feel worse. So while filling my basket with tissues, lozenges and flu tablets I came across the Buttercup cough syrup, having remembered the adverts and heard it talked about I decided it was worth a try.

          ~~~~~What Is It / Uses ~~~~~
          Original Buttercup syrup's main active ingredients are Squill liquid extract and Capsicum tincture these work alongside the other ingredient to provide soothing relief for coughs, colds and sore throats.

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          Buttercup syrup comes in a bottle of 150ml currently priced at £3.67 at Boots or a 250ml bottle currently priced at £4.07 at Boots. You can find this cough syrup at Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinson's, larger supermarkets and chemists.

          ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~
          This product comes in a green box with a picture of a yellow buttercup on the front this is also the same for the label on the front of the glass bottle. So it is easy to spot in the shop amongst the other cough syrups as it is rather bright.
          The front of the box is quite simple just stating what the syrup can be used to relief, and that it is a non-drowsy formula. The back of the box is just a repeat of the front and all of the detailed information such as ingredients listings, how to take the syrup and medical advice is on located on the sides of the box.
          The box is easy to open with a simple tab top. Inside is the glass bottle containing the syrup, this has a white metal screw cap with a seal that has to be broken when first used. There is a warning on the cap of not to use if the seal is already broken, as this may mean that the product has been tampered with. The bottle is clear glass which allows you to see the thick brown syrup inside, there is a paper label on the front of the bottle which repeats all of the necessary information that you can find on the box.

          ~~~~~How to Take~~~~~
          This product is only recommended for children over the ages of two. It states on the packaging that children over two should take one 5ml spoonful, three times a day and at bedtime when the cough is troublesome. For adults and children over 12 years of age two 5ml spoonfuls, three times a day and at bedtime when the cough is troublesome. You should always make sure you shake the bottle before use to make sure the ingredients are all mixed together well.
          You should seek medical advice though if your symptoms persists or if you suffer from any conditions that you think may be affected by taking the syrup.
          Just make sure that you take care when pouring the medicine as it is rather sticky and can be a little messy if spilt. I always give the bottle top a wipe with a damp cloth after use to stop the bottle getting very sticky and difficult to handle.

          ~~~~~My Opinion~~~~~
          This cough syrup seemed to work really well for both myself and my partner, giving quick relief to a dry tickly cough and sore throat. As the syrup is quite a thick treacle like consistency it seems to coat the back of your throat giving instant relief to the irritation. I found this to be especially useful to take just before bed to give you the relief you need to be able to sleep in more comfort.
          I would not say that the taste is particularly nice but is is not awful, it is quite a strong flavour that is hard to describe. But the slightly warming sensation that hits the back of your throat when you first take the medicine is fantastic. I presume this comes from the contents of strong ginger tincture in the ingredients.
          I would certainly recommend this cough syrup if you are suffering from a cough or sore throat, as it good value for money and actually works providing instant relief especially at bedtime.

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          08.01.2011 18:55
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          A must-have

          I admit, I got completely carried away with the commercial (the one with catching melody one-bottle-of-buttercup-sitting-on-the-shelf) finding myself singing the melody every now and then in my head. Being new to UK, I've never heard of this before, but since childhood I always preferred sore throat and cough from disgusting sticky and unaffective cought syrups. I ended getting one from Superdrug as I just bumped into it and saw it's very cheap - just around £1.50 for a small bottle (must have been promotion, the last bottle I got was from Boots - 200ml for £4.65)

          As winter approached, me and my husband had a relay in colds and flus. I didn't really cough, but still had sore throat and tickly feeling, so I tried Buttercup for the first time. It comes in flat glass bottle with metal screw top, and you're supposed to swallow 2 tablespoons of it. I strongly recommend to do this above the sink, as the syrup is liquid and sticky and gets just everywhere. You can't keep your fingers clean, bottle is sticky after first use... Surprisingly, it actually tasted nice and sweet (it reminded me of Jagermeister) and what's important, IT HELPED, almost immediately. The sore throat was soothed and tickling gone - full effect lasted for about half an hour, then it slowly started to come back and reappeared in couple hours. It should only be taken three times a day, but in the worst days of my flu I ended up sipping very small amounts straight from the bottle whenever needed (I believe I didn't take more than it says in total and this way also bottle stayed clean).
          My husband also got a bottle when he's got flu, and was saying it helped perfectly against actual cough as well. Unfortunately I got a proof of this just recentyly with second cold of this winter, when I ended up with chest blocked up and dry cough. Buttercup prooved very effective against cough and, which I didn't expect, also esed the feeling on my chest.

          Since this winter, I always make sure we have a bottle of Buttercup in stock just in case - it's effective, there's no need to keep different types of remedies against different types of cough, tasty and non-drowsy. Would definitely recommend!

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          14.11.2010 15:02
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          A good product but for only light coughs

          I do not very often get a cough that needs to be treated with cough syrup, but there has been the time I have had to reach for a bottle of it just to make myself feel a little more human.

          One of the cough syrups I have used before is Buttercup Cough Syrup. This is a well known cough syrup, and is even one my nan has used in the past. It comes in a glass bottle, and has a green label on the front which has a large yellow flower on it. The syrup is also known to help with sore throats and the treatment of colds.

          The syrup comes in original flavour, although I have never actually known what original is meant to taste like! It is a nice, sweet tasting syrup which is thick and slides down your throat in a nice, soothing way. It does leave a slight after taste, which is not a bad taste, but can get a bit sickly after a while.

          I found that Buttercup is great at soothing a sore throat, and it does make my chest feel less rough and weezy, but it does not really help to stop a cough and the feeling of relief is a short lived one. For a very minor cough it is great, but for anything that may even be considered near a "normal" cough, it is not the best and I ended up using Covonia for my coughs.

          If you only have a light cough, whether it be a chesty one or a tickly one, Buttercup is a good product to use, but if you have something that needs a bit more of a heavy duty relief, then Buttercup is not the right product for you.

          You can buy Buttercup in Boots, Superdrug, Pharmacies and most Supermarkets. It will cost you around £4 a bottle, depending on where you are buying it. I do recommend this cough syrup, but only for a light cough. If you have a heavier cough, something heavier is needed. 3 out of 5 stars from me, due to only being good for a lighter cough.

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            10.11.2010 09:57
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            A decent syrup

            As you will know from reading my recent reviews, I am suffering from a real stinker of a cold at the moment and I now have a cough to go with it so I decided I needed something to help ease it. If there's one thing I cannot cope with it is having a cough, it just drives me batty! As strange as it sounds I am not actually sure exactly what type of cough it is, sometimes it is chesty, other times it is dry so my mum advised me to pick up a bottle of Buttercup.

            Buttercup original syrup comes in a bright green box with a large picture of a buttercup flower on the front. Through the centre of the flower is the name and also on the box you are told that it is for coughs, colds and sore throats. The bottle itself is a clear glass one which is great as you can see how much you have left at all times. The syrup itself is a brown colour which almost looks like black tea! I can't describe the taste at all, it has a medicinal taste of sorts but it certainly isn't an unpleasant one, a bit like a cough toffee type of taste.

            I purchased a bottle of Buttercup from my local Tesco and it cost £3.99 which I guess isn't a bad price to pay for something that will hopefully ease your cough and cold symptoms. The instructions on the bottle state that you should take two 5ml spoonfuls three times a day (adults and children over 12 years old. Children over 2 can take one 5ml spoonful three times a day). I must admit after taking the first spoonful of the syrup I could feel a real warming sensation going down my throat and after a short while I felt my sore throat ease quite a lot, it felt a little numb in all honesty. The relief sadly didn't last too long and I found myself wanting my next two spoonfuls quite a while before I was due to take them!

            My mum would happily recommend this to people as she loves the taste and she likes how it takes her back to her childhood when her mum would dose her up on it and send her to bed!
            All in all I would say this is a decent cough syrup to have in your first aid box but it certainly isn't going to go a long way to any real relief from your cough and cold symptoms. I think I would give Buttercup three out of five stars!

            Thank you for reading my review :)

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              05.11.2010 23:06
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              The best cough syrup for all types of cough

              This is a must have in any medicine cabinet!

              The worst part of a cold for me is a cough, particularly when you're trying to get to sleep and every time you're about to nod off you have a coughing fit which wakes you up again. I've tried all sorts of different products to deal with coughs, but Buttercup syrup is the one that I keep buying again and again.

              The bottle is glass which is not very practical really but it's fine and the metal screw cap is easy to open. The only slight annoying thing is that it doesn't come with a spoon or measuring cup like a lot of syrups do.

              It costs £3.99 for 200ml, and the dosage is 2 5ml spoonfuls 3 times a day, so it does last a fair while and because it's cheap compared to other cough medicines I think it's good value for money.

              It's not a really thick syrup and it's easy to pour and to swallow. I love the taste of it as well when compared to other cough syrups I think it's great, it is a very medicinal taste though and I know a lot of people can't stand it and prefer the ones that are flavoured with strawberry or orange.

              This really does soothe all kinds of cough for me, which is why it's so much better than other syrups which are just for one particular kind of cough. I think it's most effective on tickly coughs as it really stops it from bothering me and keeping me awake at night, where other syrups have failed miserably.

              It's also good for chesty coughs and it helps to clear my throat when it feels all gunked up. It soothes a sore throat and stops it from feeling really scratchy. The effects don't last ages but I don't feel my cough coming back for at least a good few hours after I take it, which is miles better than most others where I feel like I need to take it again after 5 minutes!

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                01.11.2010 20:28
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                Traditional cough medicine

                There's nothing worse than one of my kids having a cough, whether it is a dry, tickly cough or a stubborn chesty one that seems to last for ages. Like most parents, I will try anything in the hope of relieving their suffering, particularly at night time.

                Buttercup cough syrup is a brand that I remember well from my old childhood. I used to be dosed up with this and sent to bed with my chest swimming in Vicks! Spotting this on the shelves of Home Bargains a few months ago, I thought it would be worth giving this a go. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for my 150ml bottle, but it was almost certainly less than the £3.39 this sells for in Boots.

                Buttercup cough syrup is a really old-fashioned type of cough medicine. Packaged in a cardboard box, the bottle itself is made from clear glass, revealing the brown syrup inside. It has the appearance of black coffee but the smell and taste of the stuff, as far as I'm concerned, is divine and immediately takes me back to my childhood and being tucked up in my bed with a cold! The taste is extremely distinctive but very difficult to describe. It's certainly a medicinal taste, but in a nice way, with suggestions of liquorice or aniseed in there. It has a bit of a kick to it when you taste that first spoonful - giving a pleasant warming sensation as it trickles down the back of your throat.

                As you can tell, I love this stuff and will happily crack this open at the first sign of a sniffle! Unfortunately, neither of my boys like the taste at all. My eight year old refuses to take this point blank, no matter how poorly he may be feeling. My three year old can usually be cajoled into trying a spoonful when he has a bad cough but won't be fooled into having any more after that. Both of them would swig whole bottles of sweet tasting stuff like Calpol, given half a chance, but the look on the faces after swallowing this says it all!

                The taste may be marmite-like in it's ability to divide opinion but I do think the medicine has some positive effects, providing you or your children are prepared to take it. Unlike most cough medicine, this syrup doesn't specify whether it is best suited for tickly or chesty coughs. The bottle is very vague, simply saying that this is suitable for coughs, colds and sore throats. Personally, I find this is most effective at soothing dry, tickly coughs and sore throats as the syrup provides instant relief and seems to numb the back of my throat temporarily, helping to prevent the need to cough too. Sadly, the effects are quite short-lived and I find that any noticeable benefit has worn off completely within about twenty minutes or so.

                The recommended dosage for adults is up to two 5ml spoonfuls, three times a day so I can't keep taking this repeatedly to recapture that initial sense of relief. I would still recommend keeping a bottle in the medicine cabinet as it can be useful when used in conjunction with other medicines and treatments (providing you can stand the taste!)

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                  24.01.2009 08:12
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                  An excellent simple linctus

                  Several weeks ago, I developed a sore throat - quite suddenly, whilst at work. I announced to my secretary that I was just going to nip out to Boots for some lozenges and she suggested that I buy some Buttercup syrup instead. Her actual words were "I guarantee you will feel better"........and whilst I wouldn't have asked her for my money back if it hadn't worked, it is always nice to get a personal recommendation for something.

                  So off to Boots I trotted for a bottle of Buttercup. It is available without prescription, and is not even behind the Pharmacy bit - you can pick this beauty up from the shelf.

                  Buttercup comes in an "infant" formula, and the original version which is suitable for children over the age of 2, right through to adulthood. It should be noted that as with all medicines, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor before taking this.

                  The bottle is contained in a green box, similar to the one shown above, but with the addition of the words "non-drowsy" on the top, which is quite important to me, as I was using this at work.....I didn't want to be falling asleep at my desk, or even worse, at the wheel on my way home.

                  A 200ml bottle costs in the region of £4 - fairly standard I think for any sort of cough cold medicine.

                  So.....Buttercup syrup says that it is soothing and effective - good, that is what I need! It also says it provides relief from coughs, colds and sore throats.

                  The active ingredients in Buttercup are Squill liquid extract, and Capsicum tincture, both of which mean nothing to me - I didn't recognise them. The other ingredients include peppermint oil, clove oil, and ginger tincture - all of which I do recognise, and which all make sense in a medicine such as this one.

                  The taste is aniseed - but not as strong as some medicines I have tried in the past. I would even go so far as to say it is quite comforting. Given that this is suitable for children aged 2 upwards, the taste is not, in my opinion, too strong for such youngsters, but of course aniseed is one of those flavours that some people just don't like.

                  I took my two 5ml spoonfuls, as directed, and very quickly felt soothed. I took another couple of spoonfuls later on, and my sore throat didn't return.

                  Now, I am not claiming that I would have developed a full blown cold if I had not taken this, but I am saying that I felt better that day, and could get on with my work without the aggro that a sore throat gives.

                  Buttercup is quite a simple linctus, but one that I felt was effective for relatively mild symptoms.

                  My children have since come down with various cold-like symptoms, including a niggly cough, and the Buttercup has helped there too - easing things enough to get on with their day, without dragging them down.

                  Even though this is "non-drowsy", I found that it was good to give a coughing child at bedtime - the simple linctus just soothes the tickly niggly cough enough for them to get a good night's sleep, and for that alone, it has to be worth a try.

                  I never underestimate the power of the placebo effect, and of course it may be that this medicine has just enough of the "medicinal taste" to make you feel as though you are better.

                  But, placebo, or effective medicine, it doesn't matter - this old fashioned type of syrup has seen us through the last few weeks quite nicely.

                  With a "use before" date some 3 years in the future, it is perfectly safe to put a bottle of this in the bathroom cabinet for use when you need it......it isn't going to go "off" in a hurry! I will certainly make sure I have a bottle in reserve.

                  My only small tinsy winsy gripe, is that no spoon is enclosed in the box, so you have to remember to ask the pharmacist for a medicine spoon, or use a normal teaspoon. Also, the bottle does not have a childproof cap, just a simple twist cap......but I have found that children can work childproof caps far better than most adults, anyway! This bottle should, obviously, be stored out of the reach of youngsters, and if anyone does exceed the normal dose, advice should be taken from a doctor.

                  All in all, I was happy to report to my secretary, that I was thankful for her recommendation.......and I didn't need to ask her for my money back, after all!

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                    A great medicine that actually tastes ok.

                    We have all woke up with that awful tickle in your throat and you just know it's the start of a nasty cold or cough and sore throat, Buttercup syrup is the best cough medicine for coughs colds and sore throats in my opinion. Buttercup syrup is a Very Soothing and effective cough syrup. Traditional original flavour and it actually tastes quite nice for a cough syrup, unlike some you can get, from being a little girl this was the only medicine I didn't mind taking.

                    This medicine contains two active ingredients, squill liquid extract, Squill is a plant extract with a expectorant effect, and Capsicum tincture is present which provides an aromatic and warming flavour, the active ingredients of this medicine are included in a syrup base which coats and soothes the throat and relieves irritation.

                    *squill- im afraid I did not know what squill was so had to look it up as I imagined it as some sea urchin or something on those lines, but it isn't it is a Bulb-forming perennial plant belonging to the lily family.
                    * Cayenne (Capsicum tincture) has been traditionally used for poor circulation, cold extremities, weak nerve force, indigestion, flatulence, expels mucous, hoarseness, colds & flu.

                    *Other ingredients- acacia powder, ethanol, saccharin sodium, invert syrup, menthol, clove oil, peppermint oil, aniseed flavour, water chloroform, strong ginger tincture, acetic acid, E110, E112, and E1150.

                    Buttercup syrup comes in a 200 ml tall glass bottle with a breakable seal cap; it is also available in a 75ml bottle. The syrup is Brown in colour and leaves a lovely warming feeling that soothes and eases your throat. Once opened the bottle does not have a safety cap so needs to be stored out of reach of children. The outer packaging is a bright green card board box, with a picture of a yellow buttercup and the wording buttercup syrup. The 200ml bottle was £3.98 in ASDA. The syrup does not come with a 5ml medicine spoon or measuring cap. Other products from this range are Buttercup Infant Cough Syrup, Buttercup medicated sweets

                    *Directions for use.
                    Children over 2 years of age: One 5 ml spoonful, three times a day and at bedtime when the cough is troublesome.
                    Adults and children over l2 years of age: Two 5 ml spoonfuls, three times a day and at bedtime when the cough is troublesome

                    *Buttercup syrup comes with warnings like most medicines and are as follow
                    Not suitable for children under 2.
                    If symptoms persist consult your GP.
                    Check you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
                    There is no information on the safety of the medicine on breast feeding and pregnancy.

                    Buttercup syrup is manufactured by William ransom and son plc which is the UK's oldest independent pharmaceutical company. It was founded in 1846 and has been based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire for over 160 years. The product licence holder is Pfizer consumer health care.

                    Overall buttercup syrup is a great tasting cough syrup that I always have a bottle of in my medicine cupboard just in case any one wakes up with a troublesome cough.

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                      07.09.2008 11:48
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                      this medicine will really help with sore throats and coughs

                      I've been a poorly Becca this last few days, with a horrendous sore throat and a nasty cough alongside it. I've been muddling along with a combinaton of cold tablets and strepsils and also a glucose syrup medicine but it wasn't until I started taking buttercup that it started to subside.

                      Buttercup is a cough medicine with 2 main active ingredients - squill liquid extract and capsicum tincture - according to net doctor:


                      "Squill is a plant extract that has a mild expectorant effect." and "Capsicum tincture is present in this medicine to provide an aromatic, "warming" flavour." So the medicune soothes your throat and makes you cough to help get rid of the nastynesses around. It also helps thin the mucus (gross i know!)

                      The medicine itself is quite sweet, with an undertone which I assume comes from the capsicum (is that not peppers?) and adults should take 2 5ml spoonfuls upto 4 times a day, and shouldn't be taken by children under 2 - in fact they have a childs version for younger people.

                      In Lloyds chemist yesterday we paid £4.59 for a 200ml bottle. There are other sizes available also. The bottle itself is glass and comes in a green and yellow box, its quite distinctive packaging. It doesn't come with a spoon which is not a problem as a teaspoon will do!

                      I'd strongly reccomend trying buttercup if you are struggling with a cough or sore throat.

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                        18.08.2005 16:58
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                        Helps get rid of coughs

                        For the past couple of days, I've been ill in bed with the worst flu I can remember having. Hot sweats fever bad dreams, headache sore throat and to top it all one mother of a cough.
                        The kind which starts with a little coughing and soon turns into heaving chesty gasps which nearly make you sick when you can eventually catch your breath.
                        I have had a sore throat with all the coughing and had to go out to buy medicine, which isn't like me as I usually make herbal drinks.
                        I'm glad I'm on the mend now and Buttercup syrup has helped.

                        A 75ml bottle comes in a little cardboard box, which is green and has a yellow buttercup on the front, quite cute really if you can manage to get the chance to look at it throught the fever and coughing.
                        It has a twist off lid, which isn't child save so it has to be kept out of reach of little hands.
                        The liquid inside the bottle is thick and brown, it smells of a mixture of licorice, caramel and aniseed, but that might just be my sense of smell gone wrong due to the flu.

                        A dose for someone my age is two teaspoons three times a day and one before bedtime and to be honest it really does work. I have found that taking this has helped as the coughing fits have died down dramatically over the past two days.
                        My sore throat has eased and even though I'm still taking this I feel a lot better.

                        This is a really well known brand and something I have taken over the years as well as given it to my children when they have been ill with a cough. They have to be over the age of two years old before you can give them buttercup syrup, so it's not for the tiny one's.
                        It seems to get to work right away and is good for chesty and tickly coughs, the thick liquid seems to coat the throat and take away the burning sensation of a chesty cough, as well as loosening the chesty cough.

                        A small bottle will cost you around £1.30 depending where you buy it, this one cost £1.25 as it was bought at the local garage by my hubbie who has been looking after me and the house whilst I've been in bed, bless him.

                        If your suffering with a bad cough then this is the stuff to buy, you can really tell the difference after two days of taking it, i'd recommend it.

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                        Buttercup Syrup for coughs and sore throats.