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A few weeks ago I developed a tickly cough which just came out of nowhere but just wouldn't go away. As soon as I put my head on the pillow it would get a tickling sensation straight away and no amount of threat clearing would stop it. I bought this from Wilkinsons and paid £3.49 for a 150ml bottle which is probably a bit more than I would have liked but I was tired of not being able to sleep at night due to coughing so thought it would I would give it a go.
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.
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. 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 efficiently this mentholated cough mixture works and will use it again.
Working in a school most of the staff end up suffering from what we call the 'year 7 lurgi' in the first term. Ok a little unfair to blame the year 7s for giving us all colds but it happens every year in the first term and the only constant thing is the new year 7s.
Whilst I know the only thing that will cure a cold is time, sometimes the symptoms can be a bit of a drag on your day and you want something that will relieve them. Now not being a big fan of paracetamol my options are a little limited as most cough mixtures and other treatments contain it. A few years ago I had a brief chat with our school nurse she told me that in her opinion the only cough mixture that was actually any good was this one so I gave it a go and I have used it when I have a chesty cough ever since.
It is an expectorant which is meant to help thin the mucus and phlegm produced during a chesty cough and for me it does what it says on the bottle. The formula is non-drowsy which is an extra bonus and it does not contain paracetamol.
The formula contains squill tincture and liquorice extract so it may not be the best tasting medicine out there but I have tasted worse and as they say if it tasted nice it wouldn't do you any good. The taste is hard to place whilst it is slightly reminiscent of chewing liquorice root (REALLY showing my age there) and fennel seeds. The levomenthol contained in the mixture adds a taste which I can only describe as tasting like the smell of Vicks vapour rub. This, naturally, gives a rather odd combination of tastes and if you don't shake the bottle enough the taste can be rather overpowering. Whilst I don't actually mind the taste too much my other half always holds his nose when taking this as he claims he can't taste it as much that way.
The mixture does contain alcohol, although admittedly not too much but it does contain rather a lot of sugar even though this is not exactly noticeable in the taste. Pouring it out it is rather thick and a dark brown colour and the smell of the levomenthol is very noticeable with the undertone of the liquorice. So it does not look or smell all that inviting. After swallowing it there is a rather strange warming sensation in your throat. This also helps to slightly relieve a sore throat which can go along with a cough due to levomenthol being a mild aesthetic as well as a decongestant. The effect is that it helps to lift that heavy feeling you can get with a chesty cough. Despite this being a non-drowsy formula when I have a chesty cough and I take it at night I find that it does help me get a better night's sleep as it does a good job at relieving my cough so it doesn't keep me up during the night.
As with all medicines a quick chat with the pharmacist would be advisable if you are taking any other medicines, have any allergies are pregnant or are breast feeding to make sure that this is suitable for you. (Why do all medicines seem to say 'do not take this unless you are 100% healthy?)
This cough mixture isn't the cheapest on the market but I don't mind paying more for something that works. A 150ml bottle costs around £3.30 from my local independent pharmacy but this will vary depending on where you buy it from.
Although this won't cure your cold it does relieve the symptoms of a chesty cough so despite its strong and unusual taste it works for me.
I bought a bottle of this over the winter when my husband contracted 'man flu' Part of the symptoms was a very annoying cough.
I went to the chemist to ask their advice on what would cure it and was given this. I have to say I wasn't sure it would work but thought it may make my other half feel like I was trying to help!
The bottle I got was £2.90 and that was for a bottle that had 150ml in it. The cough mixture didn't look particularly nice it was an awful brown looking color.
On the packaging it said the ingredients were squill, licorice (which I assume accounted for the color) and levomenthol.
The chemist had advised me that the mixture would sooth the throat but also remove the phlegm and get rid of the phlegm from his chest.
The mixture comes in a very old fashioned looking bottle with the name written across the front of it. He started using it straight away he had to take 10ml at a time. It can also be used for children but they can only take 5ml.
My husband told m that it wasn't bad tasting he said he could definitely taste the liquorice though so maybe it's not good for people who don't like that taste.
He said that as the mixture went down his throat it did sooth it a bit and that night he didn't seem to be coughing as much so managed to get a better night's sleep which I think also contributed to him feeling a bit better the next day.
He also said it had a definite menthol taste which he helped also with his blocked nose.
Overall he was really pleased with how this medicine worked and feels it did help get rid of or certainly help get rid of his cough. I would therefore recommend this to both adults and children who are suffering from coughs and colds.
Covinia has been looking for our coughs, colds and ailments for years.
Why I wanted it....
I wanted this product as I had heard its very good. Fast acting, tasty and does everything its supposed to. I have a problem with taking tablets but I do like the liquid.
This bottle comes in a box that has the same colours as the label on th bottle, orangey red colours. When you take the bottle out its a dark brown glass bottle with a wite lid. It is a screw cap that has a child safety lock on it, you have to push it down and twist to open. The labels on the box and the bottle have the instruction on how to use, the name of the brand and ingredients.
Squill tincture 0.6ml
Liquorice liquid extract 0.125ml
Containes 7.7% ethanol.
Contains sucrose and glucose.
What it's used for....
Helps to remove phlegm,
Relieves irritation and congestion,
How to use...
You take this orally on a spoon.
5-12 1x 5ml every 4 hours.
12-up 2x 5ml every 4 hours.
You can buy this in pharmacies, Boots etc as well as online.
I have seen a 180ml bottle of this on the Boots website for £4.85.
I used this when I had a bad bad chesty cough, I am very susceptible at catching them at the moment. When I opened it, the smell hit me, I hate liquorice but I loved this. I found the smell and the taste to be very pleasant, I got a warming sensation all the way down my throat. After I had swallowed it, I could still feel it warm and tingling, and after a while my cough wasn't so irritating anymore. I did find this product to work unbelievably well and after about 4 days, my cough eased up so much. I found this syrup a right treat to use, I have to hold myself back from downing the whole bottle.
Works like it should
It's the only product I don't dread using when I'm ill.
I find this a little bit pricey, but I think that's because I drink a little too much of it, I'd you use it like your supposed to it would probably last a while,
As with everything...
When using medicines, if you have any allergies or are pregnant, please consult a doctor first.
Do not give to children under the age of 5.
This medicine is non drowsy so it's safe to use.
Would I recommend...
Without a doubt.
Well this medicine was more than just a cupboard favourite, my mother swears by it so when the painful ribs and stomach muscles were getting me down I decided I wanted to get some for myself.
Now there are loads of Covonia products including lozenges, tickly throat syrup, chesty cough syrup, sore throats and dry coughs. Now during the cold weather if I get a cough it will always be productive as the cold helps me to produce more horrible phlegm and I go through tissues blowing my nose like there's no tomorrow.
I managed to decifer which was which as they are all colour coded differently which is ideal. I knew I needed the chesty mixture and for £3.50 you get a 300ml bottle of cough medicine which is quite big and heavy.
The bottle is about 17cm high and quite fat (very heavy so I keep it in a kitchen drawer rather than my poor little bathroom cabinet). The bottle is a brown glass but the glass is transparent when held to the light of a window so you can see how much is left. The lid is a white plastic screw top which can be a little tough to unscrew at times especially if the sticky medicine gets into it so make sure you wipe the opening after each use. The front label is white and orange with a big red and white Covonia logo at the top, the label also describes some ingredients which are levomenthol, squill tincture and liquorice liquid extract. The medicine is effective for the relief of troublesome chesty coughs being a non drowsy formula.
The back label has a large yellow warning to peel back the label and read all of the information before the first use. Before use shake the bottle as it is thick and some parts can settle and become lumpy which isn't pleasant. The doses are one or two 5ml spoonfuls for the over 12's and for children 5-12 take one 5ml spoonful every four hours as required.
The mixture is thick and syrupy when poured out which makes it stick to the spoon easily and not spill all over. It has a nice aniseed smell and to taste it is very pungent and bitter but I quite like it as I like aniseed, also I always think the worse the taste the better it is.
Overall I do like the medicine and I find that the thickness soothes the throat that can become raw from coughing so much. However, this medicine is not much different from Tesco's medicine except for the price and the bitter taste so although it works well it is not necessarily worth the extra money.
Well, the cold that I thought hadn't turned into a chesty cough and was just masquerading as a nose cold then went into my chest and unfortunately became a chesty cough. These are the worst for me as I have asthma and so the cough just makes my asthma 10 times worse and at times leaves me struggling for breath so I really do not like these kind of colds. I had been using Covonia cold and flu mixture for my cold which I think did a really good job as it seems to clear up my streaming nose within a day or two and I really liked the results, apart from it going to my chest of course. So, having not used any of their products before I decided to try another Covonia product and buy the mentholated cough mixture formula.
I really like the bottle this comes in as it looks like one of those old medicine potions of old with, in my opinion, an old looking label and more of a look that makes you think they are interested in old fashioned healing and not new gimmicks for curing a bad chesty cough.
Covonia is said to provide effective relief of troublesome chesty coughs. According to the box it contains liquorice and squill which belong to a group of medicines known as expectorants. They help remove phlegm in people wih chesty coughs and methol helps relieve congestion in chesty cought and bronchitis. I find the phlegm is really the worst as it just gets stuck in your throat for days on end and doesn't seem to move no matter how many times you try to cough it out or blow your nose to try and loosen it that way.
The medicine itself was fairly thick and just what I think a cough mixture should look like. You want it to be fairly thick so it will coat your throat on the way down and get to work straight away. The mixture itself is a dark brownish colour and does have a medicine taste to it. You can taste the liquorice and you do get that menthol smell and sting when the medicine goes down. Its not the most pleasant thing you can put in your mouth but then medicine never is but once you get over the initial sting it goes away pretty quickly and gets to work.
I have used this for a number of days now and I can definitely feel my chest clearing and as if it is getting rid of the phlegm which is great and I wouldn't hesitate to use this again in the future. A 300ml bottle in Boots costs £4.65 and in my opinion is a good buy.
As a smoker, I tend to get a cough quite often so always have some cough medicine in the house. I've tried lots of different brands of cough medicine but a lot of them don't really work for me. I decided to use this as it's really well known and a good brand.
Covonia has been around for years now, they do a range of products from throat lozengers to throat sprays and have a variety of cough medicines for tickly, dry and chesty coughs. They also now do a medicine for colds.
I bought a bottle of this from Boots, 300ml for £4.65 which is expensive compared to some of the other medicines, but it is a fairly big bottle. The bottle is fairly basic with a screw on lid, and an orange coloured label with the product description on. It's only really the big red and white Covonia logo that makes it stand out.
I took two tea spoons of this every four hours, as advised on the bottle. The medicine itself is fairly thick and a dark brown colour. It had a bit of mint smell to it too. After I'd taken the first two, I didn't really stop coughing much, but as I continues to use it throughout the day, I did realise that I was coughing much less. It also relieved the 'rattle' on my chest when I breathed in, which made me feel tons better. I didn't paticularly like the taste of this very much, though it is medicine so I didn't really expect to.
My elderly mother also recommended to putting my two tea spoons into a cup, adding boiling water and drinking this. She swears by drinking hot water and medicine and claims it's much better than drinking the medicine alone so I tried this too. I can't stand drinking warm water on it's own, it just tastes like it's been left in the sun to me, but I did find that the hot water soothed my throat a little while the medicine still worked it's magic and stopped me coughing.
I like this medicine because it doesn't make me feel drowsy either. I drive pretty much everyday so can't really take medication that makes me drowsy, so this is good in that way.
Overall, this isn't a cheap medicine, but that's because it works. It reduced my coughing on the first day and pretty much completely stopped it after continued use by the second and third. It lasts really well too because you're only taking 10ml out at a time so I can use this next time I get a cough too. I'd definitely recommend this compared to the cheaper brands that I have used.
I have recently had a bad cough, I am not a smoker and so I only have to buy a cough mixture from a supermarket shelf. This one is one that I buy regular when I have a cough because it works for me. It is a product that is also ready available from supermarkets and chemists.
It comes house in a clear glass bottle and the bottle is tall and slim, it has a screw off top. The cough mixture inside is a dark brown colour. It is quite thick in consistency and is not like water. The top is also child proof and so quite handy for safety if you have any children in the home etc.
It is a mentholated mixture and it does smell a little mentholated but I can mostly smell liquorice, it is a nice smell and one that does not put me off the mixture. It does also taste of liquorice and the taste of this one is a pleasant taste and not one of those nasty mixtures that make you feel sick while swallowing it. This one is very nice indeed.
The bottle size is 150ml and it costs around £3 depending where it is bought but most supermarkets stock it for around this price. Just a couple of teaspoons every few hours does help ease a nasty continuous cough. I have been using this mixture for a couple of days and my cough symptoms have eases dramatically. I have felt I can sleep much better because my cough had been keeping me awake at night. This one works in a couple of days.
It is one that is suitable for adults and children over the age of 5 years old but it is always best to read the label carefully on the back of the bottle as it is for using any mixture.
This one also has often given my a little relief from a sore throat many times. I find that while swallowing this mixture I can feel it working inside my chest and my throat. I find that the feeling feels nice and warm in the chest area. This indicates to me that it is working very well. As time goes by after a couple of days, I find that I just take a couple of spoons every 4 hours and that is enough mixture to completely remove my cough symptoms.
I highly recommend this mixture if you have a cough and are wanting a nice tasting mixture and one that works in a couple of days. This one is a product that I will continue to buy in the future. It works in no time at all for coughs.
I rate it 5 stars.
I'm suffering at the moment with a cold which I have had a while, I get it every year, and now I have developed a cough too. I never normally buy cough medicines as my mum always told me they don't help at all, but as my cough is so bad this year it is getting me down and keeping me awake at night, I decided to just give a cough medicine a go.
I bought this covonia cough medicine as it was the first one that came into my head as I remember seeing loads of adverts for this medicine over the years.
The bottle cost me £2.99 for a 150ml bottle which is brown, and the medicine inside is also brown and didn't really look that nice to take. It was very thick and I didn't enjoy taking it but I am glad I did as I noticed a difference straight away.
It did not get rid of my cough, but it eased off for a short while which allowed me to get a bit of sleep, as I am constantly coughing I cant sleep. This really gave me some much needed relief and although my cough came back after about an hour it is well worth taking for a bit of rest from your cough.
I don't think this is going to get rid of my cough as it lasts only an hour, I think it will just go on its own but at least this is something that works and helps relieve your symptoms, it is brilliant stuff.
They do different type of medicines for chesty or dry coughs. Adults should take 1/2 5ml spoonfuls of this every four hours and children over 5 years should take just one 5ml spoonful. This is non drowsy too, so you can take it at work and before driving.
I will definitely be buying this covonia cough medicine again, I wasn't expecting it to work at all but I was very surprised, and impressed with it.
Well it's that time of year again when the weather starts to turn nasty and everyone within breathing distance around you is coughing or sneezing. In my household this has been a regular occurrence for a few weeks now as we seem to keep passing our coughs and colds on to each other and I'm now onto cough/cold number 2 in as many weeks..
I have tried most cold remedies over the years, as if there is a cold going around then it's odds on I will catch it as I seem to have a low immune system with these pesky viruses. Because I'm a 'pro' I regularly keep a stockpile of such medicines like this - Covonia Mentholated Cough Mixture - in my medicine cupboard for such occasions..
Covonia have been making their different varieties of medicines since the 60's (they cater for different types of coughs) though to be honest I can't say I'd particularly taken much notice of this brand until recently. I'm normally a 'Buttercup' girl but it wasn't until my poor husband unfortunately came down with a *nasty* case of man flu and bought himself a bottle of this, that I really sat up and took notice.
I was also at the time suffering from a cold/cough/sore throat but was still 'plodding on' and found my Buttercup syrup just wasn't doing enough to ease my symptoms so I decided to try my hubby's Covonia instead.
The mixture comes housed in a generic brown glass bottle that is very medicinal looking. It looks exactly like most other cough mixtures and to me doesn't particularly stand out on the shelf which is probably the reason I have never tried it before in the past.
This has a child proof screw lid that is actually quite easy to open and this all comes in a 150ml sized bottle. Price wise my husband said he paid £3.00 from a local pharmacy near to his work, and having looked around I see it is about the same price at other retailers as well.
The mixture itself is brown, sticky and has a typical cough syrup consistency of being thick and quite gloopy when poured onto a spoon.
The smell is also typically of a cough syrup of this nature and has a strong mentholated liquorice essence to it.
Using this is very simple - it is for adults and children (over 5 years) and though for in depth information check out the directions on the bottle, but as with most medicines it depends on your age and symptoms.
I took the maximum (of 2 spoonfuls every few hours) but it is up to the individual on your own dosage.
The mixture has a very strong liquorice taste and this is one of the key ingredients that makes this up and helps to ease the symptoms of coughing as it is an expectorant (this helps you cough up nasty stuff like phlegm to clear your chest).
So does it work?
Any doctor will tell you that these kinds of medicines are more of a placebo than a cure (the ones I have seen over the years have told me anyway). They do say they are fine to take if they bring some relief, but don't expect them to 'cure' your cough.
I have not been under any illusion when taking these types of remedies that they will cure my cough (cold or sore throat) but if they bring some relief then to me they are worth trying.
I have found this to be most effective when taken last thing at night, or indeed in the middle of the night when a coughing fit makes it impossible to sleep. At times like these this does seem to coat the throat and chest and takes away the irritating tickle that causes the cough.
I have to be honest and say out of all of the cough mixtures I have used (and that is most of them at some point in my life) that this seems to be one of the most effective at suppressing the irritant and easing symptoms.
Though it's only short lived, the ease of constant coughing- even for a little while- is always welcome especially when it's in the middle of the night and disturbing you from sleep.
The cough mixture is warm and soothing on the throat when swallowed, and like the adverts on television say 'you really can feel it working' as the effects are very rapid.
It brings relief for a little while and in my book that's better than nothing.
*Please note though I haven't listed the ingredients this does actually contain alcohol (7.7%), glucose and syrup so do check with a pharmacist if in any doubt before taking, and also if you are pregnant or lactating.
This is one of the better 'placebos' on the market, and though it won't cure your cough it certainly does help to dispel some of the nasty phlegm. The menthol mixture not only helps to soothe the throat and chest by leaving it feeling warm, but also the strong menthol and liqourice vapours used in the mixture help clear your head and nasal passages which if you are suffering from a cold as well this is very welcome indeed.
This is definitely one of the better cough mixtures I have used and if you have not come across it yet then it is well worth trying.
I have been trying to kick a bad cold and a really annoying chesty cough for a couple of weeks now and I have tried an assortment of products and the latest one is this Covonia Mentholated Cough Mixture.
A 150ml bottle cost me £2.89 and the bottle has a rather retro look to it, brown in colour with a white label and brown lettering. What you will also find with this medicine is that there are no attempts to make it nice tasting, it is really strong stuff with a blow your head off smell the minute you open the lid as it has a very strong menthol smell to it that is rather potent.
Needless to say it also has a very strong menthol taste to it as well however this rather unpleasant taste can be forgiven as it is so effective at getting rid of a chesty cough. It is a thick medicine and you can feel it slide down your throat and I must say after a couple of medicine spoonfuls I really noticed the soothing effect that it was having on my throat.
While it did not stop my coughing completely, certainly the intensity and the frequencing of my coughing bouts were reduced and my chest and throat were a lot less painful as a result of this. Repeated doses certainly did improve my cough for long periods and as such I was a lot more comfortable and with more energy.
Definitely a product I would strongley recommend and one I will never be without in future.
I suffer from Asthma, and if I have the misfortune to get a cold or flu, it usually goes straight "on my chest", resulting in a horrible chesty cough with lots of phlegm (sorry if you are eating!) that is incredibly difficult to get rid of. While my inhalers help to keep my airways open, I like to take other remedies in addition to these to ease the discomfort of the cough and aid my breathing, as well as soothing the soreness in my throat. I have tried several different cough medicines over the years, but none have proved to be as effective as Covonia Mentholated Cough Mixture.
Apparently, Covonia have been making cough medicine since the 1960's, but like most people, I never really noticed it until they started advertising it on TV. I didn't like the ads, but they did stick in my brain, which I suppose is the whole point of them, and when I had a cough I decided to give the product a try. The medicine is avilable in three different sizes: 50ml, 300ml and 150ml. I usually buy a 300ml bottle from my local chemist, which costs around £3-£4.
The bottle has quite an old fashioned look about it, as if it were the type of thing you would buy in a Victorian pharmacy. The bottle is made of dark brown glass, with the lettering embossed into the glass, which gives the product an authentic and high quality appearance. The bottle also has a childproof cap.
The medicine is suitable for adults and children over 5 years old, and the dose depends on your age. I usually take 2X5ml spoons every few hours, after shaking the bottle vigorously to disperse the ingredients and oils. The medicine looks really horrible, and is the same deep brown colour as the bottle, which makes it quite unappealing for children, and most children will find the strong flavour unpleasant. Fortunately, I have always loved liquorice/aniseed flavours, and I really like the taste of this medicine, but it is the kind of flavour that would divide opinion!
The medicine contains three active ingredients. Liquorice and Squill are expectorants, which means that they help your body to expel phlegm by coughing it up. This may sound strange, taking a medicine that actually makes you cough more, but it makes more sense than suppressing the cough and letting the phlegm clog up your airways, which can cause serious problems. Liquorice is also a demulcent, which means that it soothes the throat. The other active ingredient is menthol, which helps to relieve congestion and gives a lovely fresh sensation.
The TV ads claim that Covonia is a medicine that you can FEEL working, and I have certainly found this to be true. As soon as you swallow a spoonful of this ominous looking liquid, you get a lovely warming sensation as you feel the medicine going down. You get a sudden hit of menthol and if you breathe through your nose, you can feel your nasal passages clearing as the menthol does it's work. The medicine certainly helps you to cough up all of the rubbish on your chest in a gentle, controlled way, and your throat feels instantly soothed.
There are certain things that should be noted when you take this medicine. Fristly, the medicine contains glucose and sucrose, so is unsuitable for diabetics. It also contains 7.7% alcohol, which equates to 15ml of beer or 6ml of wine if you take a 10ml dose. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should get advice from a doctor before taking this medicine. It does not cause drowsiness.
In conclusion this is, in my opinion, the best cough medicine on the market. It helps to soothe my throat, and it warms my chest, giving my airways a mentholated "hit". I really like the flavour, although it is not for everyone, but I always keep a bottle of this in my medicine cupboard. Please note that Covonia produce a variety of medicines, and this is just one product in a range of cough relief products by this company.
Yuck, yuck and double yuck! Having a cough is not fun, infact it is a blooming nuisance, so the one thing you don't want is a cough mixture that makes you feel worse. Okay I might be going over the top, but when I last had Covonia, I felt extremely sickly afterwards. The taste of this stuff really is not very pleasant!
You can buy it in the bottle and it retails for about five to six pounds. A bottle usually lasts for the duration of said cough. To be honest, cough mixtures don't really work do they? They simply line the throat in some syrup and help you ease the coughing for a few minutes or hours.
Covonia has a mixture of liquorice and menthol, which sound like a nice enough combination of ingredients. I like liquorice as a rule, but in this it does not taste of liquorice, it just tastes bizarre. The menthol adds a breezier element to the mix and gives the product a fresh feeling when you swallow it. It does help to clear out the nasal passages too when you consume it.
The taste is a bit grotty, the liquid is murky and not fun to have. The results...well it managed to ease some of the cough symptoms for about an hour before they returned. I would say that it took off about thirty percent of the cough problems before they came back. This is not really that impressive. I reckon you could achieve a similar effect by drinking honey and lemon at home and this would also be a good sight cheaper.
Covonia might help a little in easing the pain but I think it just masks the problems for a short spell, so buying the stuff does not really speed up recovery. I remain unmoved by Covonia.
I actually had a really bad cold last week and so I went out and stocked up on remedies to help me through it. As the worst part of it for me was the coughing and painful chest there was only one cough medicine I wanted and that was Covonia. For me Cavonia is hands down the best medicine at helping to not only relieve the symptoms of chesty coughs but I aso feel like it helps to speed up the recovery process.
I bought my bottle in boots along with a few other cold and flu neccessities and it cost me £4.79 for a large 300ml bottle. There were a couple of different sizes but as I didn't know how long my cold would last I plumped for this and now at least I have some left in the house for when and if I get another cold this winter.
It comes in a dark brown bottle and whilst not the most attractive looking of bottles the old fashioned look of it appeals to me and the horrible colour always makes me think this is a series cough bottle for proper colds and not one that will look and taste nice but do absolutely nothing helpful.
The taste helps reinforce this idea as it is pretty disgusting. I find it hard to describe the taste as it is a mixture of things but I can definatley taste menthoyl and a slightly bitter yet also saccerine aftertaste. This is definitely one of those proper grown up medicines and everytime I swallow it my face involuntery screws up in disgust. Once it hits your throat it feels warm and actually burns a little bit.
Even the smell is a little off putting and is quite pungent and chemical smelling and I often wonder if it is done intentionally to psychologicaly make people feel it is more potent than it actually is because surely the makers could make it taste and smell a little better.
The dose is recommended as 1 or 2 5ml spoonfuls every 4 hours and I always take the maximum. Regardless of how foul it tastes the reason for buying it is because it actually works. Within a few minutes of swallowing it I can feel the cavonia going to work and coughing is instantly less painful and the amount of phlem that is released is impressive. The results from taking covonia are great and the best thing for me at least is that they actually last for a while and don't just fade after an hour.
Even though it is specially designed for chesty coughs and sore throats it does help with all my symptoms such as headache and blocked nose and just the general run down feeling you get with the cold.
It is also non drowsy which is important to me as I have children that I need to look after and I can't afford to take time off work either so I need something that I know will get to work whilst allowing me to do my normal routine.
As with all medicine there are some people who should not take covonia such as children under 5 and people on certain medications or those allergic to the ingredients so everyone who buys it needs to read the label.
For me I think covonia is the best medicine that is available for chesty coughs and highly recommend it. I also find that it works great as a general cold remedy and it works well on the whole family but due to the taste it is probably not going to be the most popular choice for kids.
Covonia mentholated cough mixture can be bought from Boots and Tesco's for about £4.50 for 300ml. This makes it one of the more expensive cough medicines that I have seen, and for that reason I only bought this cough mixture after I had been suffering with a really bad cough for days and was desperate.
The bottle provides details of the ingredients in the mixture, which include menthol for relieving any congestion and both squill and liquid liquorice as expectorants to relieve phlegm. The presence of liquorice in the ingredient list could explain why I personally found the taste of this medicine so horrendous, as I am not a fan of liquorice at the best of times. As well as not liking the taste, I found that the mixture was very thick and sticky, which I was again not a fan of. After using this medicine though I may start to sign on to the theory of the worse it tastes the better it is for you!
This is definitely the best cough medicine I have ever used. You can really feel the medicine working as soon as you take it, as it seems to soothe the irritations causing the urge to cough and relieve the discomfort that a bad chesty cough can cause. I would definitely recommend this product for instant relief of a chesty cough. I didn't have a sore throat at the time, but the product states that it treats sore throats as well.
Children over 5 can take 1 5ml spoonful of this medicine, and children over 12 and adults can take 1 or 2. For this reason the medicine bottle lasts a long time. The labelling provides information on the potential side effects of the medicine and also cautions certain people against using the medication, for example people with heart complaints or stomach ulcers. As always, people who are pregnant or breast feeding should use this medicine with caution, and diabetics should also be aware of the high sugar content. One thing which I did notice is that this medicine actually has alcohol in it, which is the equivalent of 15ml of beer in a 10ml dose.
For the symptomatic relief of productive (chesty) coughs and sore throats. Ingredients (in 5ml): Menthol 4mg, Squill tincture 0.6ml, Liquorice liquid extract 0.125mg ml.