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From time to time I suffer with a bad chest and cough which can last for anything up to two weeks. I had not used this Robitussin cough mixture before but a friend recommended it to me and I managed to get this from my local pound store so it was really good value, I did check the date on it but it was over 18 months on it.
It comes in a 200ml brown glass bottle which is not childproof as it just has a normal screw top. As soon as you open the bottle you can smell quite a strong menthol and fruity aroma which doesn't smell particularly pleasant but you do get the impression that it contains a lot of ingredients and that it will work well due to the strongness of the smell.
The liquid itself is dark brown in colour and is not as thick as some cough mixtures I have had in the past. You have to be quite careful when pouring it onto a spoon as it is easy to spill over the edges, however as it is only me who uses it I usually just swig it out of the bottle which is probably not the right thing to do as you are only guessing how much you are having.
It tastes quite tangy and almost hot and I can feel it running down my throat. It does feel as though it sticks and leave a coating in my throat which is actually quite soothing and although it doesn't stop my cough completely it does stop that irritating clearing of the throat. As I tend to cough quite a bit my tubes get sore and this mixture does seem to ease the soreness and I can always tell when I am due to take another dose as they start to irritate me again.
The recommended dosage is two 5ml spoons when required for adults up to four times a day, and one 5ml spoon for children aged 7-12. I find this especially effective at night which is probably when my cough is worse, and usually settle down to sleep within half an hour of taking a dose. If I wake up in the night I keep the bottle on my bedside cabinet so I can just have another quick swig if I feel I need it.
I would recommend this cough mixture for chesty coughs as it really does work and if you can get it for £1 then it is fabulous value.
=Robitussin Chesty Cough Medicine=
I always end with a Chesty cough over the winter period, I'm sure it is the dryness of the central heating, but when it comes it just does mot want to shift.
I asked Mr Thrifty would he mind going to the chemist, why can't you go, I'm coughing and spluttering, so wrote down on a piece paper - chesty cough.
Mr Thrifty comes back with a 100ml bottle of Robitussin. It is also available in 250ml size bottle
Inside the box, as well as the instruction leaflet, with all the do's and don'ts, the bottle of medicine is plastic, and there is a small plastic graduated cup, measuring, 2.5ml, 5ml, 7.5ml, 10ml, 15ml and 20 ml does.
The chesty cough medicine comes in a red box, but there is also a chesty cough with congestion medicine which is in purple box.
The active ingredient is Guaifenesin 100mg per 5 ml dose.
There is also: maltitol
sodium benzoate E211
ethanol (96%) BP 2.5% v/v
This medicine is not recommended for children under 12 years old, - the recommended dose is 10ml and can be taken up to 4 times a day.
=Did it help=
It did help a bit, as the basis of a cough medicine is not to cure the cause of a cough, but to ease the related symptoms. For the first couple of days I actually felt like I was coughing more and was cursing the medicine, but it was only when Mr thrifty noticed that yes i was coughing but it seemed easier for me to cough, so I can presume that the active ingredients, were shifting the phlegm or musus and thinning it.
I not going to say it tasted wonderful when it didn't it reminded me of a odd liquer that you would drink at Christmas,
Unfortunatly i had picked up a chest infection and needed some tablets from the GP but this did give some relief.
We got this from a local chemist, it should be available from Boots and other chemists, a 100ml bottle was £3.99 and the 250ml was £7.49
=Would I recommend=
I would say yes it is worth a try, as it did loosen the gunk on my chest, but for me it wasn't strong enough, but that doesn't mean it would be the same for the next person, I would always say if it doubt check with your pharmacist or GP.
As a diabetic, I have to control my sugar intake, so I try to look for products that are sugar free. When it comes to really efficacious cough medicines I've found this quite difficult, but for the past couple of years Robitussin Chesty Cough Medicine has provided the sugar free solution.
My added problem is that when I get a cough, I get a cough that wants to hang out with me 24/7 - and sometimes for several sevens. Accordingly I need a non-drowsy cough mixture and I'm glad to say that Robitussin ticks this box as well. And talking of boxes....
~ What's In The Box? ~
Robitussin typically comes in 100ml and 250ml bottles. The bottles are plastic, which might be good for health and safety if not for the environment. There should be a plastic, graduated cup allowing 2.5 ml, 5 ml, 7.5 ml, 10 ml, 15 ml and 20 ml doses, which is thoughtful. And of course there will be a leaflet - the sort that we really should read, but probably seldom do.
Be aware that there are a number of different versions of Robitussin, so do check that you're getting the right one. Robitussin's handy colour coding should help. Their "dry cough" medicine comes in a blue box and bottle; "chesty cough" is red and "chesty cough with congestion" is purple.
~ What's in the Bottle? ~
The active ingredient is Guaifenesin 100mg per 5 ml dose.
There is also: maltitol
sodium benzoate E211
ethanol (96%) BP 2.5% v/v
If you decide to go the extra yard and have the "with congestion" version, the added active ingredient is pseudoephedrine hydrochloride. Try saying that when you've got a hacking cough.
~ But Does It Make You Better? ~
Cough medicine doesn't cure the cause of the cough but it will, hopefully, ease the symptoms.
If you take this four times a day it should help to make your cough more productive, by loosening and thinning the mucus or phlegm, while offering some soothing relief to the chest and throat. I've certainly found it very helpful. I like the taste. I've tasted worse liqueurs and they didn't do me so much good. There's a really nice warm "hit".
Taking the doses at regular intervals is important because the active ingredient is only going to work for a limited time.
The recommended dose for adults and children over 12 is 10 ml. Don't be tempted to take a bigger dose as it's unlikely to be more effective and might make you poorly in another way. Personally, I can only take so much sorbitol at once or else I get an "upset tummy".
It should not be given to children under 12.
You should not take this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Check with your doctor if you are concerned that taking this might conflict with other medicines you are taking.
~ Availability and Cost ~
Not all chemists seem to stock it, but I've certainly found it in Boots.. Expect to pay about £3.99 for 100ml and £7.49 for 250 ml in the shop. I know I still think of 50p as ten bob, but it does seem a little expensive for what it is; but then I suppose we could say that about a lot of things. It is available online, and it's here that you're likely to get a better deal in terms of unit cost. The first problem with that is that you will still have to pay postage on top, so you're unlikely to be much better off. The other problem with buying on line is that it takes longer than popping to the shops and when we feel ill, we want relief there and then, don't we? Then again, this has a fairly long shelf life, so whether you decide to buy on line or at the shop, you could always stock up and then when you get a chesty cough you'll have three things to comfort you:
-your medicine immediately at hand
-the knowledge that you got the best deal
-the bliss of knowing that you haven't got to drag yourself out to the chemist when you really want to be
I'm giving it 4/5 not so much because there's anything wrong with it (although I still think it costs too much), but simply because I don't want to give the impression that it's a miracle cure. Nothing is.
When I get a cough everyone knows about it. I am afraid there is not just a little delicate cough but it is always loud and harsh. I often think of seals barking but fortunately no one else has made the connection. It is classed as a chesty cough and it hurts to cough so I want it to be gone as soon as possible.
I have tried a few different brands, and while I don't feel that any of them actually clear the cough up there is one that does manage to work to ease the symptoms and that is Robitussin.
Robitussin works on any mucus that has collected and helps to get rid of that, and also manages to lubricate my chest and therefore stops the cough being so harsh and painful.
The directions state that it must be taken 4 times a day and it does make my chest feel better for a couple of hours after it has been taken. It does not taste that great but it is certainly not the worst one I have tasted - Covonia manufacturers take note.
Robitussin is only made for 12 year olds and over and the directions clearly state that each of the 4 daily doses should be 10ml and no more. It should also not be taken by pregnant or breast feeding women.
It comes in a 100ml bottle and is classed as one of the medicines that does not make you tired after taking it. I have driven short journeys when taking it and have felt fine but would not do a long one just in case.
I was not aware that there was an age limit that stops those under 16 buying this so my nephew was not very happy when he finally agreed to go to the shop was refused it.
According to the label the active ingredient that is in the medicine is guaifenesin and it also contains glycerol, caramel - if only it tasted of that - sodium benzoate E211 and ethanol.
It is being sold for £3.99 at Boots although General stores tend to charge more.
Robitussin chesty cough medicine is an over the counter pharmacy product, so you have to ask the counter assistant or pharmacist for it. This is just to double check you are firstly suitable to take the product for example if you are taking any other medicine that could cause a reaction or you could be pregnant. Secondly to make sure you actually need a chesty cough bottle and not another product within the Robitussin range.
Basically what you really need to know is that this company produce cough medicine that actually does work! Its perhaps not as well marketed in comparison to other brands, but for me it has the best result. The packaging has no fancy logo's or claims, it's straight to the point, clearly stating what it does. Which is to help loosen the chesty cough, and allow it to break down. It is also non drowsy and sugar free. Sometimes if you have been coughing a lot, your chest area gets really sore, and this brings about great relief.
You will pay anywhere from £2.70 to £3.99 depending on where you shop, it's a widely available product and you will probably find the larger pharmacies cheaper than little local ones. Really really good, I always use Robitussin as all their cough bottles are excellent.
Although you may already know that I am not one to buy branded products when it comes to medication (as they are generally all the same thing) I bought this Robitussin Chesty Cough expectorant a short while ago as I had all kinds of coughs and colds over Christmas as a lot of people do over the winter months. The boldly coloured box and the image attracted me to such a product, as the information is clearly stated on the front of the box and although it was sugar free I decided to give it a go at shifting that chesty cough of mine.
The reason for my concern over the sugar free element is that in the fast I have had generally bad experiences with sugar free products. For example, I bought a supermarket home branded sugar free cough medicine and since first tasting it I have never used it since because the taste is unbearable. Call me stupid for buying this one as it is also sugar free, but the taste is more than bearable fortunately.
Upon opening the bottle I immediately noticed the strong and sweet raspberry smell. When I poured a dose onto my spoon the colour is that of a very deep red wine and the raspberry taste doesn't leave my tastebuds tantilised, but the taste is more than manageable.
Robitussin Chesty Cough contains an active ingredient called Guaifenesin and each 5ml measure contains 100mg of the ingredient. The advice on both the box and the bottle state that one 10ml measure should be taken by adults and children over 12 years of age, upto four times a day. Also, it is advised that children under 12 years of age should not use this medicine. The wording on the instructions also contains what I call 'gobbledygook' which states that "Guaifenesin has an expectorant action which increases the output of respiratory tract fluid by reducing adhesiveness and surface tension." In plain English it means that this cough mixture removes mucus from your chest which will ease the cough symptoms.
I bought the 100ml bottle, which came in at around £3.50 from my local chemist, most supermarkets will also stock this product. The effectiveness of the cough expectorant was certainly noticeable. Obviously if it isn't a chesty cough that you are suffering from then it wont prove to be as effective, but there are other Robitussin medicines for other types of cough. The back of my throat and my chest felt much clearer after 3 individual doses of the medication, so I would say that within a day I could tell there was a clear improvement. I am satisfied with the effectiveness of this product and will continue to use it on chesty coughs.
I prefer to use as few medications as possible, and in all honesty have never considered most cough remedies terribly effective anyway. Yes it eases coughing for a few minutes as the sugary syrup coats your throat, but that is about it.
However, I make an exception for this cough medicine. In addition to the usual stuff with long names I can not pronounce that sooth your throat and may restrict coughing for a short while this contains guaifenesin Ph Eur 100mg. Of course I can not say that either, but thanks to a Doctor many years ago when I had pneumonia, I know what it does. It serves to break up all the thick nasty stuff (sorry for lack of technical terms) that get stuck in throat and respiratory system. According to this doctor, use of this syrup would actually reduce the chances of all of that settling in my lungs. Well That sold me, pneumonia is horrible.
Ever since that occasion I have used this product whenever I had an especially nasty cough. I even found it helpful for my bout of whooping cough a few years ago ( yes I was vaccinated but not as an adult and immunity is not always life long). I also buy the children's version of this when my children have nasty coughs.
I honestly do think this product is more effective at breaking up congestion in the chest than other remedies, and so for this reason would heartily recommend it. Of course you can get the same chest clearing properties from a vindaloos, but I never liked vindaloos that well at the best of times. I have actually used it as a home remedy, but my stomach can no longer take it. Capsaicin, the stuff that makes chili peppers hot really does have the same effects as the guaifenesin in this. In fact I think the capsaicin works better but Robitussin is, in my opinion, the next best thing.
Hopefully this review may be of some help to some one. I really do recommend you give this a try if you suffer from very deep painful coughing.
This year, my half term break from school was somewhat dampened by the fact that I had a heavy cold which included a chesty cough. Many a time I have had a dry tickly cough, but this was the first time in quite a while that I had to endure a chesty cough - not pleasant. Having always relied on the robitussin dry/tickly cough mixture, I decided to try the robitussin chesty cough version.
This robitussin chesty cough mixture can be purchased from behind the counter at your local chemist and is usually priced between £3.50 and £4.00 for a 100ml bottle. The chesty cough version comes in a red coloured box, whereas the dry cough mixture comes in a blue box.
This robitussin chesty cough medicine claims on the front of the packaging to 'loosen chesty coughs' and 'soothe the chest area'. It also states that it is sugar free and non-drowsy. It comes as a liquid and inside the box, there is a small plastic cup to measure out the liquid, whilst I always find particularly useful. According to the instructions on the reverse, you should take one 10ml measurement of this cough medicine up to 4 times a day. These quantities are reduced for children. It is not to used on children younger than 2 years old. It also states on the side of the box that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their doctor before taking this medicine.
As I have already said, I have previously used the robitussin dry cough version that was recommended to me by the pharmacist. On one occasion when I had a dry tickly cough for about three weeks and which was keeping me up all night, the robitussin medicine was the only thing that seemed to help shift it, and ease it enough to give me a good nights sleep. I have to say that I was just as impressed with this robitussin chesty cough medicine, and found that after taking it, it eased my chesty cough, and did seem to break up and thin the mucus, because I was able to cough more phlegm up. I used this for a couple of days when my cough was at its worst, and I wouldn't wanted to have been without it. The medicine has a sweet taste to it, which makes it really easy to take, and children will find it so too. I would highly recommend this chesty cough medicine as well as the the robitussin dry cough medicine to anoyone suffering from a cough, I have foudn that it really does work for me.