This is cough medicine. It tastes absolutely vile and has never had the slightest discernible effect on any cough I’ve had.
It’s advertised as being effective in suppressing ‘dry’ coughs, so don’t go using it if you’re coughing up great wads of phlegm. The recommended dose is one or two spoonfuls every four hours, with no more than four such doses in a day.
I bought this when I had a particularly vexing cough, obviously. I dutifully took the recommended dosage. Absolutely nothing happened. I carried on coughing and coughing and coughing. The medicine did nothing. I've tried it on a couple of subsequent coughs, to similar effect.
And not only does it do nothing – it tastes absolutely vile. I’ve never actually tasted nail polish remover – I’m no fool – but it tastes exactly like I’d imagine nail-polish remover tastes. It tastes chemically and abrasive and frankly like you could dissolve metal in it. I appreciate that medicine can’t taste nice, lest a small child mistake it for a soft drink and chug the lot (presumably this is also why it has a safety cap on the bottle). But does it have to taste quite so unpleasant?
I didn’t notice any side effects – it said slight drowsiness was a possibility on the bottle. But then nor did I notice any of the effects it was supposed to bring about, ie a diminution of my cough.
I asked a doctor at one point which the best cough medicine was. She told me that no cough medicines have ever been proven to be effective at all. I can well believe it. Basically, buying this was a waste of money and made me feel seriously nauseous to no good effect. Avoid.
Pholcodine Linctus is for the symptomatic relief of unproductive coughs. Codeine Linctus helps to relieve dry and tickly coughs through its main ingredient of pholcodine which is a cough suppressant. Codeine Linctus comes in the form of easy to use liquid medication that must be taken orally. However Codeine Linctus may not be suitable for children. Do not administer this to children without seeking medical advice.