“ Dosage Form: Liquid / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu „
Since starting uni, I have been exposed to so many icky germs and viruses. Tthe nurse doesn't seem to like giving out prescriptions, I thought I'd try an over-the-counter remedy to stop myself feeling so ill. In the past month, I have been suffering from an itchy, dry and very annoying cough. It has been disrupting my sleep - or rather preventing me from getting any - so I decided to try Cough Nurse, which claims to 'relieve night-time dry, tickly coughs'.
I bought mine from a Tesco pharmacy for just under £5. It seemed a lot, but worth it if it was going to help me sleep! The lady behind the counter recommended it, and asked if I had taken it before, which I hadn't, and if I was taking any other medicines, which I wasn't. She said that if I took some before bed and then woke up in the middle of the night, NOT to take any more, and this made me wonder how strong it actually is!
The purple box contained a 150ml bottle of bright green liquid - the word 'potion' sprang to mind when I poured it out! A measuring cup is provided, with 10ml and 20ml markings. The instructions state that only people OVER 12 years of age may take Cough Nurse, and a maximum of 20ml is the required dosage. There is the standard leaflet inside the box too, with more information if needed.
Bearing in mind that I don't sleep very well anyway, I took the 20ml of medicine at 7pm, because I wanted to be able to feel the effects. On the label it says to take straight before bed, but I don't think that this is really a necessary rule. It is also pointed out that you should not take any before driving or operating machinery, so if you do take any a long time before bed, make sure you are settled on the sofa, prepared to fall asleep!
By 8pm, my eyes were actually closing and I had to fall into bed! I'm not sure how much of this was in my mind, and how much was an effect of the medicine, but it was great! I slept the whole night through and my chesty cough didn't bother me at all. I was woken up a full 12 hours later by my alarm, so probably could have slept for much longer!
I highly recommend Cough Nurse if you are ill with a dry cough - it seemed to soothe it and relax me completely. My only issue is that there are plenty of medicines out there that claim to do the same thine but for a fraction of the price, however, I am prepared to pay for the brand as I know it works and do not think I have wasted a penny of the 500!
*I feel that I should as this even though I'm sure everyone has the common sense to already be aware - Please do not take anything that I have said here as medical advice?! It is just my humble opinion and some reading from the box :)
When you have a horribly tickly cough that you know will stop you from getting to sleep soundly at night, Night Nurse cough liquid is the best solution! If you are over 12 that is, as it isn't to be taken by anybody under 12.
It is green, which could put some people off.. But it tastes a little bit like Buttercup Syrup, which i love, so i'm sure you'll be willing to try it. It really does relieve your dry throat and it stops you from having to clear your throat all night. This does wonders on the quality of sleep too.. Just think, no more waking yourself up at silly o'clock by coughing! This will also stop irritability in the morning, helping you to wake up feeling re-energized and ready for the day.
This medicine comes in 160ml bottles and retails for around £3.50 a bottle. You can buy it from any pharmacy as well as most supermarkets and often places such as Superdrug and Boots.
"Cough Nurse" from "Night Nurse", - there has to be a bad taste joke in there somewhere! But that's not what I am here for though.
I am heartily recommending this Green coloured concoction to you, as a really effective aid to help suppress that tickly cough before bedtime and also to help you sleep soundly during the night. It is only to be taken at night and is not to be taken by those under 12 years of age.
There is nothing worse than sitting on the Sofa just before bedtime with one of those "Tickly" but Dry coughs, knowing that it will be much worse as soon as you get into bed and that you are not going to get a lot of sleep that night. Fear not, take a 20ml, or 4 x 5ml spoon, dose of this liquid and before very long at all you will feel a whole lot easier and probably a bit sleepier as well - It comes with one of those little plastic cups which have graduations on the side so that you can ensure that you take the correct dosage.
Now is the time to hit the sack whilst it is doing its stuff. It really is that good; I have used it many times and have always had good results from it.
The bottle has one of those child proof tops so will be most difficult to open for most of us who are over about 10 years old - joke. The liquid itself is a not unpleasant shade of Green and actually tastes quite nice. It is no chore to take and swallow this at all. The chunky bottle contains seven doses so should be more than enough to deal with a couple of bouts of the "Tickles". It is readily available from most Chemists / pharmacies at around £3.50 a bottle. Not bad for a good nights sleep.
Please remember that Cough Nurse is a cough suppressant, it is not an expectorant, they are different animals. If you need an expectorant get another product.
The ingredients are listed below, courtesy of Pharmacy2u.co.uk and mean very little to me, but if you know that you are allergic to any of them then don't buy it.
Each 20 ml dose contains Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 50 mg and Pholcodine 15 mg as the active ingredients. The liquid also contains purified water, sucrose, glycerol, alcohol (4.8%), sodium citrate, citric acid, sodium benzoate (E 211), hydroxyethylcellulose, colours quinoline yellow (E 104) and patent blue v (E 131), flavours (grenadine, tingle) containing propylene glycol.
I really think that Cough Nurse is a product which has been well thought out and does its job very well. It is certainly worth trying if you need something of this ilk.
Relieves nigh-time dry, tickly coughs.