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When I was on the train last week a guy sat down next to me and started coughing and spluttering in my direction. I just knew I'd catch his cold! I'm now in that middle stage of having a cold where you feel like the life is draining slowly out of your body and you can't breathe in or out without wheezing like a seal or choking. To help get me through this horror I'm surrounded by tissues and cough medications including a bottle of Covonia Dry and Tickly Cough Linctus. When I went to the store to buy some cough medicine there wasn't a lot of choice so I got this hoping it would be okay for me, even though I usually go for much milder soothing syrups.
The product comes as a 150ml sized bottle. The bottle is brown glass and very heavy. You can see the amount of linctus syrup left in the bottle through the glass. The bottle is labelled well and the front label is printed with information telling me that this is for "dry coughs and sore throats" and that it's a "non drowsy" formula. On the back of the bottle there is a top label which you can peel off to reveal more information underneath. The brand clearly state that all information ought to be read before using this product. This is because the linctus contains active ingredients (glycerol, 1.36g) and substances (ethanol, sucrose, glucose) which may not be suitable for some people including pregnant and breastfeeding women, diabetics and those on certain medications.
To use this linctus you need to shake the bottle well. I can actually see through the bottle that small deposits form during use and these need to be shaken back into the formula. Adults, elderly people and children over twelve can take two 5ml spoonfuls when needed. Children under twelve and over one year old should only take one 5ml spoonful when required.
The bottle is fitted with a screw off cap which isn't child proof and is easy to open. A little collar around the neck of the bottle stops drips making their way down the edge of the bottle. What you first notice about this medicine is the disgusting smell it has. There is no way to put it nicely - this stuff stinks to high heaven. The smell is like that of tar, liquorice and poison. I dread to think what it would smell like if I didn't have a stuffed up nose and reduced sensory abilities! It actually makes me want to gag and it repels me back physically when I open up the bottle. The liquid is a vinegar brown colour but is not fully clear - it looks like a sauce of some kind as it has a slightly grainy appearance rather like cloudy honey. Despite this appearance the liquid is very smooth and runny and it flows easily down my throat after I swallow.
The taste and effects of the medicine is quite shocking. It sort of burns in the mouth and at the back of the throat in the same way a breath mint might do. It doesn't taste half as bad as it smells though, being quite sweet, fruity and sugary. It tends to leave sticky residue on my lips. The medicine really works in the throat and has an immediate calming effect on my cough. Normally these syrup type medicines wear off really quickly but the warming sensation lasts and lasts with this medicine and gives me longer relief than any other medicine I've used. Those fumes also seem to help blast out cool air through my sinuses too, which also grants relief.
I am happy to use this medicine as it is very useful in giving me comfort from my aching throat. The only downside is the smell of the medicine which means I have to hold my breath or pinch my nose when I'm taking it! I would recommend this to adults but due to the strong odours of this medicine I think you might have a hard job convincing children to swallow it! I would certainly buy it again, anyway, due to it's effectiveness.
Covonia do a range of linctus's and lozenges for us sickly folk and you can choose between medicines that are tailored towards the type of cough you have. Find out more on their website:
A few weeks ago I developed a tickly cough which just came out of nowhere but quickly became quite bad especially at night when I went to bed. As soon as I put my head on the pillow it would get the tickling sensation straight away and no amount of threat clearing would stop it. I had got a small amount of a supermarket own brand cough mixture in the medicine cabinet and tried that at first but it didn't make any different whatsoever.
I went into Wilkinsons for some other goods and just happened to be passing the medicine section and had a quick look. I'm not sure why I picked Covonia as I have never used it before or had it recommended to me but I think it was probably because the advert had been on quite a lot recently and I remembered the bull singing "Covinia". (Come on, how many of you are singing it now!) I paid £3.49 for a 150ml bottle which is probably a bit more than I would have liked but I was sick of not being able to sleep at night due to coughing so thought it would do the trick.
I had 2 x 5ml spoons before I went to bed and also took the bottle upstairs with me in case I woke in the night which I had been doing on a regular basis. I managed to get to sleep more or less straight away but did wake up at about 2am and had some more. I actually had a small 'swig' out of the bottle as I didn't take the spoon up with me, but I would say it was approximately 5ml. My tickle seemed to go straight away and I was able to go back to sleep quickly. I continued to use it in this way for about a week until my cough had gone completely.
The bottle has a normal screw top and is not childproof and as soon as you open the bottle you can smell the mixture which smells of fruit and menthol but is not particularly pleasant. The liquid is a dark brown colour and quite gloopy but pours quite easily. It is probably one of the worst tasting cough mixtures I have had, it is hard to describe the taste but it is quite tangy and bitter, but at the end of the day you don't expect cough mixture to taste of something really nice. I'm not sure if it is mind over matter but I think that it must be really good as it tastes so awful? You can actually feel the mixture going down your tubes which gives you a sort of a warm feeling.
The bottle has a red and pink label on the front which tells you that it is soothing relief for dry coughs and sore throats and is non drowsy. On the back is the recommended dosage for an adults and children over 12 is 2 x 5ml spoonfuls when required and for children 1-12 is 1 x 5ml spoonful although I don't think many children would ever take it twice! This label peels off and there are further instructions including ingredients, possible side effects and when not to use the medicine.
I was pleasantly surprised as to how well this works and will use it again.
I am currently experiencing something new to me, and have been for about five days now and although most of the medicines I have tried have been helpful mostly, I still find myself almost without a voice and still with a very dry chesty cough. I usually get a 2-day sniffling and perhaps just a hint of a cough and then I'm OK again for another 4 years. Coughs and colds have always eluded me until this year when I seem to have accumulated my 57 years worth in a oner.
Covonia Dry and Tickly
I'm guessing most of you will have experienced this all before, but as I say it is all new to me, so I have to rely on advice from those who've been there and got the T shirt, namely my wife. I've tried all the expensive and cheap bronchial mixtures all with varying amounts of successes, but if I've learned anything from this pretty ghastly experience then it is that in the case of cough medicines the cheapest one's have certainly proved more beneficial than those supped up brands.
This said I was at my wits end and knowing the likelihood of getting antibiotics if I went to the docs was slim I decided to try yet another branded product. To be honest I had heard of Covonia only a little until that bull thingy appeared on TV saying it was the best. It has the usual ingredients of aniseed, menthol, capsicum tincture and glycerine so I wasn't expecting miracles.
Being the ingredients were similar the taste came as no great surprise, pleasant but not something you'd want to take frequently unfortunately. The only difference with Covonia was that on its way down it felt like it was doing something, the warm feeling usually associated with these types of medicine was there in abundance and it was way warmer than the others. This warming sensation seemed to spread out as the thick dark brown liquid struggled down my dry throat leaving a rather hot yet comforting film over my throat. At about half way down and at lung level probably, it seemed to spread wider and it did feel as if it were easing the discomfort and dryness. Unlike other similar products I had tried this warming persisted longer and seemed to be far more beneficial than the others. It could simply have been though that the warming effect being so powerful in comparison was taking my mind off the dry and irksome chesty cough.
Covonia cost roughly £2.49, but can be substantially dearer depending on whether you are prepared to shop around, and frankly if your feeling a bit **** have a chesty cough and a very dry throat, then you ain't going to be worrying about a few pence or maybe even a few quid..................you just want fixed. My purchases were made via a laughing wife who although sympathetic to my plight just finds the fact I'm almost speechless very funny.
Over the last week I have perhaps tried six different bottles, I haven't finished some that were less effective, and I have come to the conclusion this is perhaps the best, or at least it has been for me, it has seriously eased the pain and discomfort, and although I know it is no cure it has made me feel at least slightly better. Apparently my lips are moving whilst I type this, which has provoked yet another little smile from you know who.
Whenever my husband gets a cold it goes straight to his chest and then the cough follows, I have to find him something to help as otherwise he keeps me up all the night. For the past two years he has been using this cough medicine and it really does seem to help. The medicine is apparently available in 150ml and 300ml although I have only ever seen the 150ml bottle and this sells for about £3 a bottle.
The medicine comes in a thick glass bottle which is brown and has Covonia raised up on it round the neck of the bottle, the bottle has a white screw top lid. The front of the bottle has the Covonia logo on it and states "soothing relief of dry coughs and sore throats" The medicine is non drowsy which is great as my husband works 30 miles from home 6 days a week. On the back the label peels back to reveal a set of instructions underneath,
Before use - check you are not allergic to any ingredients
Talk to doctors - If you have diabetes as this is not suitable for sufferers
Pregnant and breastfeeding - consult your doctor or pharmacist before use
Possible side effects - none known
Further information - what to do if you take too much and do not use after expiry date
On the rear of the bottle on top of the instruction leaflet you are told to shake the bottle then adults and children over 12 2 x 5ml spoonfuls when required and children over 1 1 x 5ml spoonful when required, I did try this on my 3 year old when she was bad but she nearly spat it back at me.
Inside the bottle the medicine is a thick brown syrupy liquid and it smells like liquorice and fruit, taking the medicine is not pleasant in my opinion and the taste really stays in your mouth for quite a while so taints the taste of any food or drinks you then consume. This medicine does do the job and really well at that, if my husband takes this before bed when he is bad we usually get to about 3 or 4am before he starts coughing again, well worth the money.
A few weeks before Xmas I found myself with a really dry tickly cough that wouldn't go away. It would keep me awake through the night and irritate me through the day and seemed to appear for no known reason. After a while I decided to take action and try and get past it with some cough medicine. Off to Tesco's I went and intended to buy Benylin like I usually do but found they only had Covonia left. I was sure it wouldn't be vastly different to Benylin and it was actually cheaper, I paid £2.84 for a big 300ml bottle.
The bottle and label still look like the picture above and on the front it tells us it contains glycerol which is the ingredient which coats the throat and should help stop the dry irritating cough. Warnings are fairly standard, not for diabetics as it contains sugar and if you have any known allergies to any of the ingredients or develop any allergy symptoms while taking Covonia then stop. If pregnant or breastfeeding you need to check with your doctor or pharmacist first and if on any other medication it's a good idea to check anyway. Covonia is non drowsy so won't affect your driving ability.
Directions for use are to shake the bottle and then take 2 x 5ml teaspoons if you are an adult or child over 12 and 1 x 5ml spoonful for children over 1 but under 12. It is not suitable for children under 1 year old. It's a bit odd too in that it states the frequency of dose should be "as required" rather than give a certain amount of time or maximum level of doses per day. I can't find anywhere on the bottle where it tells you how much you can safely take in 24 hours so I went with other cough medicine recommendations and decided to try and last about 4 hours between doses.
So that's all the science stuff out of the way, down to the actual product. Like most cough medicines Covonia is a dark brown gloopy liquid that smells somewhere between petrol, sugar and liquorice. It's a decidedly nasty smell and a bit stronger than the Benylin I'm used to. However I expected it to smell bad and taste bad too so I poured a teaspoon out and popped it in my mouth. I'm not usually one of those people who feels it necessary to pull a face after taking cough medicines but this one managed to wring a grimace out of me! It's got to be the worst tasting cough medicine I've ever had and I've tried a few, it tastes pretty much how it smells, not that I drink petrol on a regular basis you understand! It's a vile sugary but not sweet chemical flavoured liquid that really makes you want to spit it out. I didn't spit it out however and took another spoonful.
I suffered the taste of this for a few days, a dose spaced out over a few hours throughout the day and dreaded each spoonful. However, it may not smell or taste nice but it does work. My dry tickly cough had stopped during this time and after a few days I stopped the Covonia and it hasn't come back so full marks for effectiveness.
Overall it's pretty cheap, works very well but smells and tastes disgusting. Kind of what you expect from a cough medicine really! A full 5 stars because it's so effective.
A medicine that has been around for as long as I can remember is Covonia, which is a registered trademark and manufactured by Thornton and Ross Ltd. I'm sure that everyone is familiar with the Covonia bull that regularly appears on our television screens shouting "Covonia". I can vividly recall my mother giving me this when I was a little girl, particularly as I was always catching every cough and cold bug. Unfortunately, I spent my birthday this year alone in bed feeling somewhat miserable, as I was suffering with a horrendous cold and chest infection, which stayed with me for well over a month. Each time I catch a bout of cold or flu I am always left with a dry tickling cough, which tends to linger with me for several months due to my weakened immune system caused by an underlying medical condition.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I have been purchasing Covonia for many years, as I always like to ensure that I have medicines readily available for every eventuality. The bottle I own contains 300ml of cough linctus, which is suitable for both dry and tickly coughs. The bottle is manufactured from glass and is dark brown in colour. The familiar Covonia logo is etched into glass on the upper section of the bottle and also appears on the label on the front. A real positive with this product is that it is non-drowsy, which is a rarity these days with many cough and cold remedies. On the rear label we are provided with a little information about the product and I was totally unaware until I read the small print that the linctus must be used within 28 days of opening. This concerned me somewhat, particularly as I have always used medicines until the expiry date. Consequently, I will now only purchase the smallest bottle that I can find. We are advised that the product should not be stored above 25 degrees C and should be kept out of reach and sight of children.
USING THE COUGH LINCUS
To use the linctus you firstly need to shake the bottle well and then unscrew the white cap, which will subsequently break the red plastic seal that is located underneath. Each time I open my bottle I am rather taken back by its' extremely strong aroma, which is somewhat difficult to describe. The linctus is brown and syrupy and very strong to the taste and almost burns when it trickles down your throat, but it most definitely soothes. The active ingredients contained within this product are honey, ethanol, sucrose, glucose, propylene and glycol. The required dosage for adults and children over the age of 12 years is 2 x 5ml spoonfuls when required and children over the age of 1 year should take 1 x 5ml spoonful when required. You should not give to children under the age of 1 year without your GP's advice. We are informed that if symptoms persist we should seek advice from our GP.
Unfortunately, this linctus is not suitable for diabetics and my hubby, who is Type 2, had been taking this medicine alongside me a couple of weeks ago. As a result, his blood sugar levels shot up to an alarming double figure, so he immediately had to cease taking the medicine. The difficulty he finds is that there are no cough remedies that are suited to diabetics and if anyone can offer me any advice on a suitable product I would be most grateful. On the reverse of the bottle we are advised to peel back the top right hand corner of the label to reveal further product information where we are advised what to do if we accidentally take too much of the linctus. Saying that though, the manufacturers advise that there are no known side effects and I have never experienced any adverse effects when using this product. I find this a little misleading, particularly when the recommended dosage is "as required". Consequently, I'm a little unsure what is classed as "too much". I was shocked to see that there is yet another list of ingredients where I learned that Cavonia contains both liquorice and blackcurrant. We are also provided with a list of precautions, such as to consultant your GP if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
MY EXPERIENCE OF USING COVONIA
My experience of using this product is very positive and consequently, it is a medicine that has been replaced over and over again. I find it extremely effective, particularly as it soothes that horribly tickly throat. I'm sure I can recall my grandmother giving me this medicine with a little boiling water when I was a little girl. Whilst Covonia will not rid you of your symptoms I believe it definitely helps nature to speed up the healing process.
I would most definitely recommend Covonia Dry and Tickly Cough Linctus, but unless the whole family is suffering I would suggest you purchase the smallest bottle, namely 150ml as opposed to the 300ml bottle, particularly as it should be discarded within 28 days of opening. If you are interesting in purchasing this product I would advise that you can find it in most supermarkets, chemists and stores such as Boots. In order to provide you with an up-to-date price I have checked Tesco website and would advise that you can purchase the 150ml bottle for £3.30 and the 300ml bottle is for £4.43. Whilst this is an extremely pricey product, it does actually work, so it receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Covonia Dry & Tickly Cough Linctus contains glycerol which coats the throat to soothe the symptoms of coughs and sore throats.