“ / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu „
Over the last week my little boy has had a bit of a cold and a cough, mainly during the night. I picked this up from Lloyds pharmacy for £1.49 for a 200ml bottle which I think is really good value for money. It provides relief for a child's cough and is suitable for children over 1 year old.
The medicine comes in a 200ml sized brown glass bottle with a white plastic screw top (which is also child safe) You can see the amount of medicine in the bottle so can see when you have nearly run out. On the front is a picture of a small child being given some medicine on a spoon. At the side of the picture is the brand logo 'Care +' and underneath it tells you that it is simple linctus paediatric and for relief of dry, irritating coughs. On the back it lists the ingredients, gives the bottle size, some contact information for the brand and gives directions for use.
The medicine itself is clear in colour with quite a thick syrup like consistency with a smell that I can only think of describing of as a 'medicine' like smell. (It is not flavoured like some medicines)
Directions of use
Remove the screw lid by pushing it down and turning to the right. For children aged 1-5 years give 1X 5ml spoonful and children aged 6-12 years give 2x5 ml spoonful's. Repeat the dose up to four times a day if necessary. .
- Gently relieves children's coughs
- Can be used for children over 1 year of age
- Do not store above 25 degrees
- Keep out of reach of children
- Read ingredients before use in case of allergy to any ingredients listed
- Once open use within 3 months
- Do not give to children under 1 year of age
- If symptoms persist contact your doctor
Price and availability.
The product is available from chemists and some supermarkets as well as online. Price can vary but it usually retails around £1.49 for a 200ml bottle which is what I paid for it from Lloyds Chemist.
This is a good value cough medicine, no fancy packaging but does the job as well as any other. I don't think my little boy is too keen on the taste as it is not flavoured but it still goes down the hatch. ;-)
Went to Chemist with tickly cough, recommended Care + the chemist asked me if I was on any prescribed medicine and did I have high blood pressure. I am on no prescribed medicine and my BP is fine. Came home and had a spoonful and two more doses in the day/evening. I then noticed that there is a tear back instruction detail on the BACK of the label. When pulling back the label part of the paper stayed on the bottle making the writing almost impossible to read. To my horror there is a long list of illnesses it could effect but also alcohol and pain killers should not be had at the same time. I had had a whisky hot toddie and paracetamol during the day.
I do not expect a product that is sold over the counter to be so strong, needless to say I have stopped taking the cough mixture and will return it to the chemist.
WHAT IS IT?
A bottle of Simple Linctus Paediatric cough medicine for children who are 1 year and over. It says on the bottle that it is for dry irritating coughs.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Look on the bottle for your childs age and give them how many 5ml spoons of medicine that it says. I bought it for my 7 year old daughter and she has to have 2 spoons. You should give only 4 doses every day.
DOES IT WORK?
I do not think this cough medicine works very well and I only bought it because my friend made me feel bad about my daughters cough. In Italy we do not give children pharmaceutical cough remedy and use only natural ways like drinking a glass of cold water or making a honey drink, I should have realised the wisdom because this medicine tastes horrible and it does not help to rid a child of a cough.
WHAT I THINK
My daughter does not like the taste of the Simple Linctus and she feels sick after she has taken it. She does not cough any less when she takes this medicine so I think it is wrong of me to put her through the very horribly taste for nothing.
There is citric acid in this cough medicine and that is the active ingredient to stop the cough. I do not think it is effective and I checked with my chemist that it was truly a dry cough she had because I can not tell the difference and he said it is but that he would not recommend this medicine or any of the other dry cough medicines for children or adults.
Care Plus Simple Linctus Paediatric cough medicine costs about £1.50 and you can buy it in chemists and small stores that sell a choice of medicines and first aid products.
1 Dooyoo Stars.
The other morning I woke up with such a sore head, throat and I just couldn't stop coughing. The more I coughed the more my head and throat hurt the more my throat hurt the more I kept clutching my chest...I was in such a mess and was so sick all over the place so in the end as I felt so rough my friend whizzed down to the shops to see what she could get me to try and help.
She came back with a bottle of this. At a pound a bottle in our local Lloyds chemist I didn't hold out much hope for it but after she had a brief chat about me to the pharmacist this seemed to be not only my cheapest option but safest too as I have a few health problems such as epilepsy, an eating disorder and hypothyroidism and so taking certain medications is ill advised and I need really simple formulations when it comes to medications.
This lintus comes in a brown but still see through bottle with a push down and twist cap to the top of it and a photograph of a woman rubbing her throat and we are told that it is Care + Simple Linctus, Citric Acid Monohydrate 'Relieves the symptoms of coughs'. Other information listed on the back of the bottle includes ingredients being stated as well as dosage advice and precautions, the size is stated which in this case is a 200ml bottle and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Cheap looking bottle.... this is in my humble opinion but informative enough and I do appreciate the safety cap at the top of this too!
The Simple Linctus Itself:
The dosage advice is well printed on the bottle and very clear and concisely given. This is only suitable for people over the ages of 12 years old and we are advised to take 1 x 5ml spoonful up to four times daily.
Taking this is really very simple indeed. No spoon is provided however all you need is to knock back 1 teaspoon of the transparent and clear runny liquid which smells sort of sweet and minty and that is that. The taste of this is rather sweet and it tingles in the mouth a bit and has a slight hotness to it however it tastes really nice I reckon!
Not only is this simple to take I also found this highly effective for me. It soothes and slightly coats the throat therefore settling it down rather alot and I found after just one dose of this that loads of phlegm came off my chest immediately and within around about 4 doses of taking it my chest felt looser and more able to breath but that my tickly cough had completely disappeared too.
This really is a simple and effective cough mixture. It tastes pleasant soothes a sore throat but also stopped me coughing in both the short and the long term and it really does get a huge thumbs up from me!
Available in all good chemists and supermarkets etc priced at about £1.00 a bottle.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
This review discusses the Care + Simple Linctus Paediatric which is aimed at children.
Simple Linctus claims to soothe and give relief of dry throats and coughs. This Care + one is no exception. Its ingredients include citric acid monohydrate and also sucrose, ethanol and glycerol. Strangely enough there is also 1.5% alcohol within each 5ml spoonful.
Simple Linctus Paediatric can be taken by children over the age of 1 and if problems persist for more than 5days, a doctor should be consulted. The linctus has to be taken orally either with a spoon or syringe and in the following doses :
Aged 1 - 5 : 1 x 5ml spoonful
Aged 6 - 12 : 2 x 5ml spoonfuls
The dose can be taken up to 4 times per day as and when required.
The linctus comes tradionally housed within a brown, glass bottle with a safety cap lid. A label runs around the bottle giving all the relevant information. The bottle comes unboxed and no spoon is provided.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
This can be bought in 200ml size online through various chemist websites including www.chemistonline.co.uk for around £1.70. Alternatively nip into stores such as Boots and ask as it doesn't appear to be on their website.
My son seems to be taking bad coughs every 2weeks or so and it really gets to him..it makes his throat ache and interupts his sleep making him a very grumpy boy and me a very tired Mummy! After a rough Tuesday night where he was spluttering and crying all night and not even Calpol would relieve his discomfort, I trotted down to Boots (we have a small one in the same street) and asked the pharamicist for a recommendation. We are registered there for minor ailments so she prescribed me a bottle of Care + Simple Linctus Paediatric.
Usually when I buy Linctus it is the Boots own but this was recommended specifically for Ryan so I believed it was worth a shot. The pharmacist recommended giving Ryan some Calpol too if the coughing was causing him to burn up as he does get in some state! The bottle is safe and although I struggle to open it, I can be assured that Ryan can't! Luckily I have amassed a collection of medicine spoons over the last few months from various medicines and this is what we used for giving Ryan the medicine.
~~~Mummy My Throat Hurts~~~
Trying to get Ryan to take this was difficult. He doesn't mind the pink Calpol but anything that looks different has to be scrutinised! I did need to use bribary on many occasions. As Ryan is just under 3, the dose is 1 x 5ml spoonful which was carefully measured out onto the spoon. The medicine itself is quite runny and clear but has an almost gloopiness about it. The smell is sweet and warming almost.
Ryan cringes as he swallows this down reluctantly. Once it hits his throat though, he seems a bit calmer and less frustrated. Fair enough, his cough doesn't disappear but you can hear that it is relieved somewhat and less painful than before. The dryness doesn't seem so apparent and Ryan seems more content. He needed this 3 times throughout each day but every child will be different. To give comfort, he had some when he woke up, before his afternoon nap and before bed again as when he is lying down, the coughing seems to annoy him more. A few days later, his cough is still there but it isn't annoying him as much. If he is still grumpy with it on Monday, I will nip up to the doctors and check if there is anything underlying.
~~~What About Mummy?~~~
So this is aimed at children but recently I had ran out of my usual Linctus and my throat was achy. Both myself and my fiance have had it this week and it seems to be doing its rounds. Searching the cupboards, I had various cold and flu remedies but wanted something to soothe my throat down a bit. I took 2 x 5ml spoonfuls of this Linctus and unlike Ryan, I loved the taste. It was ultra sweet and rather than be cooling like Gaviscon for example, it was comforting and gave my throat a soothing warmth which I appreciated. The effects were short lived with me but enough to see me through til whatever tablet product I was taking kicked in.
This linctus doesn't seem to be readily available but you can ask your pharmacist who will offer advice. It isn't pleasant for a wee one to take but once it coats their throat, the Mummy being bad scenario seems to be put to the side as they appreciate the relief they experience. Certainly one to try if needed and comes with a recommendation from me and Ryan.
Thanks for reading x
When it comes to cheap and cheerful traditional medicines I try to look for either Pharmacies' own brands such as Boots, Co-Op, Lloyds Pharmacy or supermarket's own brands if I'm shopping about. Rather than pay through the nose for a chemically additive based medicine, I tend to trust old faithful medicines and what has been passed down to me as a child. Generally for example I prefer the Care Plus brand which can usually be found sometimes at Semi Chem or Co-Op Pharmacies and at £1-49 for usual starter prices for 150 ml to 200 ml medicines, the prices are relatively cheap and ranges are widely available.
After the summer months I have developed a loose cold which has transformed itself into a cough. Sometimes it is dry and sometimes it can be chesty; so at best times it has been rather awkward to define and the market is awash with products for chesty coughs as well as independent solo medicines for dry coughs. Usually with this type of cold induced cough, I reach instantly for Parkinson's Kilkof medicine; it's a trusted and old preparation full of honey and eucalyptus that clears my air waves as well as coating my throat into deep warmth and waves of soothing menthol.
However as per usual the local pharmacy in town lacked Kilkof and instead offered many remedies, but for the more basic of symptoms the assistant recommended Care Plus Simple Linctus and at £1-49 for the 200ml bottle it seemed like a good compromise at the time....
Care Plus always clothes its products in clinical packaging and the Simple Linctus is no different here, cast in a dark brown glass bottle, blue oval cloud with the white lettering of "Care," and a small picture of a man's hand on his throat. Following this the label around the entire bottle goes from a mix of light pink to dark pink. Whilst for the more established writers who give no monkeys about packaging details, I will say this; for a simple cough medicine, it is shocking that no child proof screw lid top has been offered here and after the simple break neck seal, anyone can open this bottle to get to the contents not helped by the obvious fact that the bottle is glass and makes a hell of a mess if it gets dropped on a hard floor surface.
The labelling is basic but clarity is the key here to the wording, and there's rather a lot of it to take in. Not only for its directions, but simply for the fact that its ingredients carry a few simple health warnings; for example it's a no-no to people with Alcoholism since it carries a 6% volume of alcohol and a claimed 237mg dose which equals to 6ml of beer or 2.5ml of wine. This medicine also contains 4% of glucose, so it carries a warning for those with Diabetes, whilst glycerol added warns users of possible side effects such as headaches, diarrhoea or stomach upset. And here was me thinking it was a traditional remedy...If you want more info you can simply look at the link at the bottom of the review - this cough medicine covers a lot of ground where warnings are given.
The smell of Care Plus Simple Linctus can be off putting. It has a remarkable similar smell of Acetone and antiseptic sprays you'd find in hospitals let alone anything else other than the alcoholic content which can touch the hairs of your nose! It may have something to do with the fact that this medicine also contains Ethanol. I had to re-take smelling the medicine first before I could bring myself to open my mouth and swallow the liquid. Oh yes, and of course being a cough medicine, pouring it out of the bottle can be tricky even if it has a uniform cylindrical round lip; there are always droplets which cling to the paper label resulting in a sticky bottle.
The first hit of taste comes over very strongly of limes, even though the additives in this medicine don't state any fruits which have been included here; then it gets far too sweet for me to start worrying about possible toothache before being taken over by bitterness. Thankfully it is a clear liquid to see rather than anything else which may be contrasted by the brown medicine's glass colour and the taste gets slightly worse if, like me you take it slowly and swallow the content hesitantly rather than quickly. But then again, I hear you say "this is a medicine," so if its that bitter I'm expecting good results...
As a result, the directions are simple as cough medicines go; 4 teaspoons a day of this stuff and unlike the kids in Mary Poppins when they get their feet wet from chalk pictures adventures, you won't consume this product with a smile on your face; neither does it change colour. Elderly and children over the age of 12 can take this medicine.
If not for the taste of lime, there is also a strong syrup and menthol aspect no doubt being the glycerol added to the formula let alone the sucrose. Whilst I have no problem knocking back Peach Schnapps or any other alcoholic beverage, Simple Linctus comes over as very sweet and too alcoholic. I feel it doesn't offer the same advancement of power like Kilkof; there is little soothing offered by this strong mentholated formula other than the hit of the alcohol attacking my senses and allowing my tongue to feel curdled as the medicine takes effect. As for soothing my throat; compared to Kilkof, there just isn't enough heat generated by the menthol additives and over a day's use with this on a 4 day period, I find that the formula isn't really strong enough to induce my cold-related cough.
The effects of coughing however have not been reduced much by this medicine although it does work after say, a couple of minutes of consumption if you have a somewhat occasional cough rather than persistent. Perhaps then. Care Plus have made this cough medicine rather too simple then even if it is overly sweet, far too strong to handle but gives little calming results before the Puff the Magic Dragon cough returns - and with all those additives packed into this one tiny bottle, it would make sense for any Dragon to produce firery blue flames having consumed this nasty stuff. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Medicine / For treatment of sore throat.