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Last time both my husband and myself were suffering from a cold and chesty ticklish cough we both used Lemsip Cough Dry Linctus. The reason I buy this particular cough remedy is because it's a non-drowsy formula. I often feel bad enough with a cough, cold or flu symptoms, and I don't want to feel totally wiped out to the pont of being extra tired on top of everything else, so the non-drowsy formula it has to be. I buy this cough remedy from the supermarket, and both Tesco's and Sainsbury's see it for £2.50 for a 100ml-sized bottle.
The bottle has a child safety lock on it so in order to actually open it, I have to press down and then twist it off. The bottle looks like one of the old fashioned glass medicine bottles that my own mum used to give me when I was small, as it's dark brown in colour and the glass feels thick and is quite heavy.
I actually take this remedy not only for when I have an annoying dry cough, but I've also used it lots of times whenever I've had a sore throat or one of those annoying ticklish coughs that keeps coming back. The taste of this cough mixture is really rather delicious and I you love the taste of honey, or anything really sweet, then I'm sure you will like this. It's quite thick in consistency and I take two 5ml spoons of this up to four times in a twenty-four hour period. I have also given it to my daughter when she's had a nasty ticklish cough, which always seems to be worse when she's in bed at night and it stops her from sleeping. For my daughter, I have the dosage to only one 5ml spoon up to four times per day.
As for how effective it is, well, I have mixed feelings. On a few occasions I've taken it, it's taken a little while to have any real effect. Then, on the other hand it's also worked pretty much instantaneously. , though that might have been just a coincidence.
It does feel comforting and sweet and it makes me feel like I'm doing my poor old throat and ticklish cough some good, at the time, so I think itmight have a slight placebo effect. It doesn't really do my sore throat much good at all and I'd say it's probably best for a ticklish dry cough, though the effects don't really last that long, maybe an hour or so before it comes back.
It's not difficult to get my daughter to take this cough medicine as she loves the taste of it and she calls it her 'magic medicine', though if she has a particularly nasty dry hacking cough, it makes no difference whatsoever. I think that like a lot of cough 'remedies' it's a case of mind over matter. If you think it's doing you some good, then it will. I bought it mainly for the brand though as Lemsip is a name I trust, though I think it is slightly overpriced ad it's possibly the name I'm, paying for more than it's ability to rid me of my cough.
I give it three stars.
Lemsip chesty cough syrup is designed to soothe chesty coughs. Until using this a week ago I was waking up in the night coughing that much I was making myself sick. I needed something which was going to be fast working but effective. Looking down the aisles at Asda, I came across Lemsip, and it was a lot cheaper than the others, at £3 for a 100ml bottle. It was advertised as being a 'Symptomatic relief of deep chesty coughs'. Lemsip chesty cough is available in 150ml, 200ml and 300ml bottles aswell.
The first night I used the lemsip I did wake up a couple of times in the night coughing, but I knew it was starting to work as I managed to go about 4 hours before waking up coughing-before this I had been waking every 10/15 minutes. The second night of using Lemsip I slept through the whole night, although it did take quite a while to work.
Lemsip chesty cough syrup smells a bit like honey and lemon, and it tastes like honey and lemon (with a twist). It is very very thick, and perhaps a little too sweet.
The chesty cough syrup which I have differs slightly from the picture shown on here-the one I have comes in a red, yellow and green box. It has a slight yellow tint/ clear colouring to the syrup.
Lemsip chesty cough is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years. It should be taken orally a maximum of 3-4 times daily. Anything between 10ml and 20ml (2 to 4 5ml spoonfuls) can be taken at a time. Each 5ml dose contains 4g of sucrose, 50mg of guaifenesin and 3.66mg of sodium.
I would buy Lemsip chesty cough again as I have bought cough syrups before which have had no effect whatsoever, whereas in just two nights I was able to get a full nights sleep. I think that Lemsip is fantastic value for money as most of the other medicines I looked into purchasing were 4 pound and upwards. While the flavour does taste slightly sickly because of the sickness of it, it isn't unbearable and was actually really nice compared the majority of cough medicines on the market today.
At the moment I am suffering with flu. I'm used to it though as I suffer with so many coughs, colds and flu's every year! This though has really been getting me down and depressing me big time because not only do I have the sneezing, the blocked then runny nose, the fever, the aches, runny eyes...I even have a boily thing appear on my ear and my bladder is wanting the loo all the time...I have a chesty and dry cough which agitates me and then I'm then coughing and being sick. I'm struggling to keep even a sip of water down which means tablets are a no no so when I was in my local Poundland store I picked this up to try pleased with my purchase!
The bottle comes in a dark green and blue oblong box and on the front of it we are told that it it Lemsip Cough 'Dry' Linctus 'Non Drowsy, Soothes Irritation' and there is a picture depicted of a mans head with a bright yellow colour to show its soothing I guess on his neck. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product, dosage advice is clearly given, warnings are listed as are the ingredients, the size is also stated which is 100ml and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The bottle is dark brown glass and see through with a push down and twist white plastic lid and the labeling tells us basically the same information as is given on the box.
Well this clear coloured liquid isn't only suitable for dry coughs but also for tickly coughs and sore throats too. To me it tastes of honey really, nicely sweetened in a natural way and I actually rather like it. As far as I can make out according to the ingredient list this doesn't contain paracetamol of caffeine, aspirin or anything like that but does contain honey, syrup, glycerol, lemon oil and the likes though it does contain some alcohol.
This can be taken by children as young as 1 years of age and from one years to 12 years the dosage advice is one 5ml spoonful 3-4 times a day for children over 12 years of age and adults alike the dosage advice is two 5ml spoonfuls 3-4 times a day.
It tastes pleasant and its soothing on my throat for a very short while though sadly I don't find this stops me coughing at all. I take this and it doesn't sooth that and I cough from the moment I take it! I do think it soothes the sore throat which feels inflamed a bit but not my chest!
I like the flavour of this and I am happy to take this for my throat although I don't think its that effective but I am at least able to take this with other products that contain paracetamol and the likes but if I had to pay more than a pound a bottle for this I wouldn't be very impressed at all!
Available from all good chemists and the likes but do try discount stores like Poundland first before you shell out over the odds for it!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I normally just got for a medicine which is more an all in 1 as when I get the Cold then I normally get all the symptoms but the other month it was more just an annoying Cough that I had, so I grabbed a bottle of this to try and treat it before it probably spread. I had never tried Lemsip's brand of Cough products and the only thing I was used to using was the Lemsip powders and I find them to work well.
The bottle of this looks alright. The bottle is simple and it is easy to see the Lemsip branding on the front of the bottle.
You can take 2-4 5ml spoonfuls of this per dose and you can take up to 4 doses per day and they must be spread out every 4 hours. Instead of supping this from a spoon I just measure this out into a Medicine Cup. This tastes alright. It does have a slight Lemon taste to it but it tastes pretty Syrup-y and pretty sweet.
This one is for a Chesty Cough and there is other ones in the range for other Cough types as well. This works in the usual way whereas it is designed to break up the blockages in your Chest and lets you cough it up therefore clearing your Chest. I found this to be effective from just a couple of shots of this. It didn't suddenly make me feel great or that, but I found that when I was coughing my Cough and throat didn't seem to be as sore and after a day of this I found my cough to be looser and I had been coughing up Mucus so I felt better.
I picked up a bottle of this in my local brand of Savers and paid £2 for it which was a bit cheaper than the normal price which I think is over £3.
A good enough medicine which dealt with other Cold and Flu symptoms and not just the Chesty Cough that it was for, but it does help the Cough mostly.
Lemsip is a healthcare brand under the Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare company. They are considered popular for producing various tablets and medicines to relieve the symptoms of colds, flu and coughs.
Having a sore throat can cause annoyance and major discomfort. It may be due to recovering from a cold or the flu or just generally feeling drab. A cough can be affecting the throat or may go deeper down and catch the chest area too making coughing very uncomfortable. Lemsip offer 2 different cough products depending on what type of cough you have.
The Chesty Cough Mixture is of course for relieving pain in the chest caused by strong coughing. It contains Guaifenesin which is an ingredient aimed at bringing up phlegm from the airways (nice!). The cough mixture comes in the form of a liquid syrup. Its aim is to go deep down in the chest, relieve any discomfort and also soothe the throat as you swallow it. It should release any mucus build up and claims to be non drowsy meaning you won't drift off to sleep by taking it.
*~*Who Can Take This and When?*~*
The cough mixture is only specified at those over the age of 12 and shouldn't be taken if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. It is recommended that you check with the doc before taking if you are pregnant, on a salt controlled diet or diabetic. The mixture is for short term use only and the stated dose should not be exceeded.
The dosage is 2-4 5ml spoonfuls per dose.This can be taken 3-4 times daily for no more than 5days at any one time.
You will recognise the bright yellow, Lemsip title on a cardboard box. A hazy body image is present showing red where the mixture is designed to soothe and the box has all information required in easy to understand terms. Inside the box, an indepth leaflet is present. There is also a brown medicine bottle with a strong safety cap. A yellow leaflet runs around the edges confirming some info as per the box. No spoon or dispenser is included.
(Each 5ml dose of linctus contains) Guaifenesin B.P.50mg in a base including Sugar Ph. Eur. Glycerol Ph. Eur. Lemon Oil (Terpene free) B.P. Sodium benzoate. It is worth noting that each 5ml spoonful includes 4g of sucrose and 3.6mg of sodium so not ideal for those on a low sugar or salt diet!
*~*Availability and Price*~*
This cough mixture doesn't appear to be as available as most Lemsip products. The bargain stores seem to stock it such as Pound shops, Home Bargains etc. 100ml in these stores will be around the £1.00 mark. Should you wish to consider this, Amazon offers this for home delivery at £2.59.
Its not often that I fall really ill but I do suffer from sore throats, coughs and runny noses on a regular basis. My medicine cupboard gets stocked up when things are on offer and last month I bough a few different products in Home Bargains as they seem to offer cheap deals. Not one to run to the doctors at the first sign of a snuffle, I like to trudge through and take a spot of over the counter medicine should I feel I need some intervention!
One product I picked up was Lemsip Chesty Cough. I have tried Lemsip capsules and powdered drinks before but didn't realise they did cough mixtures. I chose the chesty cough version as opposed to the sore throat one as past experience confirms my coughs go deep down! Whilst I usually opt for Boots Linctus, my local had ran out last week and I remembered I had this in the cupboard. The bottle is very secure but is always kept high up away from my son (he does try to levitate though).
*~*Soothing My Sore Throat and Chest*~*
My most recent cough and sore throat incident was last week and towards the end of a bad cold. I still have the runny nose and occasionally blocked nose but the cough is almost gone. I must admit I was dreading tasting this as some cough mixtures are awful..I always wonder why childrens medicines like the banana one and Calpol taste so good but us adults get hit with disgusting mixtures! It isn't fair and this should be sorted out medicine makers!
I cannot take this whilst out and about as there is no spoon and really, I don't want anyone to see my face grimacing as I try to swallow this stuff! Sniffing the open bottle, it doesn't smell too bad..honey and lemon springs to mind and it smells very much like the Boots Linctus which I happily gargle down from the bottle! Pouring out onto a specified medicine spoon, I noticed how clear the medicine was. Unlike some cough mixtures, it isn't thick and gloopy but rather thin and runny so on first glance, I wasn't convinced it would do much good.
I try to limit my medicine taking so opted to take this when I got up and before bed or going out. My throat was sore and tickly and with each cough, a pain seared through my chest. At some points my voice crackled so much that it started to disappear much to my fiance and sons amusement and joy! But it really wasn't nice so I had to force myself to take this medicine. Once the liquid enters my mouth, that sweet taste is still present but infused with a horrible, chemical type taste..very metallic and difficult to contend with in all honesty.The mixture being so runny, thankfully doesn't cling to the inside of my mouth but the aftertaste is bitter and strange..not a patch on the Boots one!
The taste can be forgotten about after a minute or so but the results are imperitive as if a healthcare product doesn't deliver its promised relief then its not worth buying. The main target was my chest but of course the liquid had to pass through my throat on its way. My throat didn't instantly get relief..most mixtures I have used in the past thoroughly coat my throat but perhaps the other variation of this would do a better job. It does provide temporary soothing effects soon after taking but nothing to write home about.
My chest definently felt the full effects of the mixture. It wasn't instant but gradual in terms of how quickly it relieved any discomfort. My chest felt cooled and soothed like something had grabbed hold of the soreness and covered it in cold water. Although I still needed to cough, it wasn't as harsh and the discomfort was certainly reduced to a bearable level leaving me to get on with things without needing a drink constantly to cool my throat and chest down.
Whilst I didn't have mucus all the time during my cough, it was present during the worst of it. Its not very nice to talk about but mucus to me, feels like a squidgy sicky feel in my throat and makes it difficult to breathe fully. The mixture managed to soften it a bit allowing me to bring it up and spit it out (sorry lol). It did stay away after that! I found taking this 2 or at most 3 times a day was sufficient and 10ml (2 spoonfuls) was sufficient for good results.
Personally I won't buy this again. I will use up my bottle and it has a good date on it. It does soothe my chest and throat but the taste is so awful, I would rather pay an extra 80p and get the Boots one. The lack of availability is an other factor in my choice. If you prefer a branded name though then look out for this and hold your nose when you take it! I had no side effects though which is good and it is non drowsy as stated!
Thanks for reading x
For the symptomatic relief of deep chesty coughs and to soothe the throat.