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Brand: Novartis / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu

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      20.04.2011 17:14
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      An 'OK' product

      Introduction~ I have two young sons aged 6 and 7 years who unfortunately seem to have inherited my 'poorly throat' gene. When my elder son Kieran caught one of the many colds going around in his class a few weeks ago he also got a bit of a chesty cough thrown in for good measure. As a mum I deemed it to be related directly to his cold and felt he didn't need a trip to the doctors, but as I was passing our local pharmacy I popped in and had a word with the chemist to see what product(s) they would suggest. Which brings me nicely to this review of said product - 'Tixylix Chesty Cough linctus age 2 - 10 Years'... Tixylix Chest Cough linctus comes housed in a reasonable 100 ml sized bottle. Though there are other types of Tixylix to my knowledge they are all the same size (at least all the chemists I have ever been in only stock the 100 ml). The bottle is made of a sturdy brown glass with a label around the majority of the centre so the contents in this case are not visible. I do actually prefer a bottle to have some transparency regardless of the product contained as I like to know how much has been used/is left over. The lid has the obligatory child safety fastening which is to be expected, though doesn't take too much effort to open (unlike some other products). This linctus is designed to ease chesty coughs and contains Guaifensesin which is an expectorant and designed to help loosen and aide the bringing up of phlegm (nice!). ***Please note that the bottle I bought recently stated it was suitable for ages 2 to 10 years, however the chemist himself pointed out that the guidelines had changed on ages and dosages and wrote down for me the amount to give my son as it was older stock which had outdated information on. Because of this I will not be stating dosages, if you buy the 'old' style packaging you should speak to your chemist before administering any of this as it now states it is only suitable for 6 to 10 years old. My experience (and my son Kieran's experience) of using this~ At the risk of sounding like a 'know it all' mum now my children are the ages they are I feel I know when something needs to be checked out by a doctor or will go away on it's own (hopefully). I never did until my youngest son Zak got the cold from hell and the worst chesty cough I'd heard. Two trips to the doctor resulted in being told "He is chesty due to the cold" which to me seemed inadequate and having ended up taking him to the A&E at my local hospital was told (after being x rayed) he had a nasty bout of pneumonia. Now I know I have sounded like I have gone off at a tangent there and I apologise but since then I can usually tell if either of my sons sound 'Doctor chesty' or 'not serious chesty' which the latter is what I believed with Kieran. As I was already giving him regular doses of calpol to help with his cold I wanted to get him something that would help ease his chest - whether it was purely as a placebo or not at least he would think it was helping! The pharmacist advised this Tixylix though I had given the baby version to him when he was around 6 months old I hadn't used the 'older' version until now. The linctus itself is exactly how you imagine it to be - thick and very sticky. As this is blackcurrant in flavour I was quite surprised that the liquid is in fact totally clear without even a hint of colour to it. Not that it makes any difference I suppose but I imagined it to be a deep purple colour and so did Kieran who seemed unimpressed with the fact it was transparent. I administered the amount I was told and stuck to giving him the mixture on an evening before bed as his cough seemed to worsen as the evening wore on. Results~ Kieran said this tasted VERY sweet and I admit to testing a spoonful out myself to see - it is actually very sweet and because of that the blackcurrant can't be tasted very well. Kieran said he wasn't keen on taking it any more due to the taste but after a bit of cajoling he did try it for about 6 nights running. I wouldn't say it seemed to loosen the phlegm any more but with him coughing a lot he complained his throat was 'dry and a bit sore' but said it felt much better after each dose of this medicine. Luckily his cough cleared up on it's own without any more medical advice but I can't say it was down to the workings of this medicine. A doctor once told me that most over the counter 'remedies' are normally just a placebo and though may ease the problem they don't cure, which I do fully believe. Would I recommend it?~ I must admit if it was me taking this I wouldn't be overly keen as the taste is just too sweet - even for a sweet toothed loving 7 year old. Because the mixture is so thick it seems to take a while to fully swallow (Kieran had to have a drink of water each time afterwards) though I think that is a good thing as it fully coats the throat and helps with soreness and tickles though sadly not phlegm. I purchased this from Lloyds costing £2.95 and after a look around online it seems to be around the £3 mark depending on where you shop. I won't go into detail about the ingredients as there is an adequate leaflet included in the box this comes with to satisfy any questions you may have, though I will say it does contain Sorbitol along with the Guaifenesin (does not contain any paracetamol) Summery~ Okay cough medicine but taste wise this wasn't a success with my boy so once the bottle is used up I will be buying a different brand (and flavour).

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        25.02.2010 12:33
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        All in review, make your own mind up

        There seems to be a slight confusion about this product at the moment. Just so people are aware, I wrote this review from when I last used it. I have not used it lately and it as also stated at the bottom the new warning about this product and up to date information. My review on when last used this product is as follows: ~*~*~THE REASON FOR BUYING~*~*~ I have two little girls and winter time is just a nightmare. As we known children amuine system isn't as strong as our own and my two little princesses are always getting a cold and a terrible cough. Every time that I take them to the Doctors about it, I am told it is just a cough and it will cure itself. I feel that half the time they don't even care to be honest as most of the time the Dr doesn't even sound their chest so how would he really know if they were in need to medication or not. My thoughts are, if your child is not well you would do anything to make them as comfortable as you can, so when my children get a cough I tend to go to the chemist to pick up a bottle of Tixylix. When I went to the chemist the last time to pick up a bottle the chemist said that medicine is basically a waste of time, money, and that it was even not available to buy anymore. It was not recommend and was taken off the selves, which I thought rather strange seen as I could see them on the selves staring right at me, but that didn't stop me as I went to another chemist to buy some and it was sold to me there with no problem. ~*~*~WHAT IS TIXYLIX??~*~*~ To those of you that don't know Tixylix Chesty Cough relieves chesty coughs and catarrh. It claims it has been formulated to relieve chesty coughs, sore throats and hoarseness. It helps to loosen catarrh to make coughs more productive and breathing easier. ~*~*~IS IT SUITABLE FOR MY CHILD?? AND WHAT IS THE DOSEAGE??~*~*~ It is suitable for children aged 2 to 10 years and should be given 4 hourly with no more than 6 doses in 24 hours. Depending on the age of the child depends on how much they take: 2 to 3- One 2.5ml spoonful 3 to 5- One 5ml spoonful 6 to 10- One to two 5ml spoonful ~*~*~ADDITIONAL INFORMATION~*~*~ It is sugar and colour free which is good and it comes in blackcurrant flavour and comes in a 100ml bottles and costs around £2.49 depending on where you buy it from. You can buy it from most supermarkets and also chemists. ~*~*~MY OVERALL OPINION~*~*~ I was shocked when I went into the chemist that day to be told that it was taken off the selves which made me wonder why, but I was slightly confused as to why I could see it on the staring back at me. Lloyds chemist in my opinion has always been good at giving advise but I thought this was rubbish to be honest with you, and still to this day it is on the shelves. I still do not know why I was given the wrong information but either way I still managed to get a bottle from somewhere else. I don't believe in giving your child something if it is not necessary but I feel that if it helps your child getting a better sleep to make them more peaceful then it is worth given, as sleep the best way to help get better. All parents know what is best for their children and I think that if you feel they are needing it, then why not. Just remember to stick to the dosage that is stated for your child and do not overdoes. I think that it is an ok price for the 100 ml as it does work so in my opinion it is worth it. Tixylix Chesty Cough is as good as any other cough medicine available, if not better. I remember the taste of this from when I was younger and it was disgusting I hated it but my children seem to like it which is half the battle. I am going to rate this product a 4 out of 5 and I would recommend that you try it. It doesn't work for all children as I have read mixed reviews on this cough medicine but it did work for my children. ~*~*~*~WARNING!!~*~*~*~ I have just been informed my a fellow DOOYOO reviewer who working in BOOTS Chemist (mummytoharry) the following information warning me about this product, which I am passing on to others to let them know what I have just found out. The information is a follows: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised that cough and cold medicines with certain active ingredients should no longer be labelled for use in children under 6 and medicines with certain combinations of active ingredients will be available for use in children 6 and above up until March 2010, but after this date they will no longer be labelled for use in children under 12. Old packaging is still being used but the new packaging from March 2010 will show its not for under 12's. You should find that all chemists will now ask you the age of the child you'll be giving it to as we are not LEGALLY allowed to sell it for children under 12, and if they do they are breaking the law. Please see www.tixy.co.uk for the proof I have posted. I work in a chemist so I do know what I am talking about. Meggysmummy who also writes reviews is a Pharmisit and gave me the following information: There seems a lot of confusion here, Tixylix Chesty cough only contains Guifenesin. It is only suitable for children over 6 but it will stay available for children of that age (the label will be changed). Combination products (having two or more of certain ingredients) will not be available for children aged under 12 from March. The product is not dangerous but there is little evidence of effectiveness so the recommendation from the MHRA is that it should not be supplied to young children anymore. I hope that my review was of some use to you. Thank you for taking the time to read it, it is very much appreciated. Thanks again.

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          22.09.2009 15:37
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          Not very good

          When it comes to cough medicine I have yet to find one that really works and with three boys aged 5, 3 and 1 I have tried many different types over the years. It is really horrible when any child gets unwell even if it is just a cold and as a parent you want to feel like you are doing something to make them feel better, therefore by buying cough medicine you think you hope this will make their cough better. However this does not work and unfortunately Tixylix is no better. Ever time I take one of my boys to the doctors with a cough the doctor says that medicine is basically a waste of time, they don't prescribe it and they don't recommend buying it. They say the only thing it does is soothe the throat and for this reason I do still buy it on occassions. Tixylix Chesty Cough relieves chesty coughs and catarrh. It claims it has been formulated to relieve chesty coughs, hoarseness and sore throats. It helps to loosen catarrh to make coughs more productive and breathing easier. It is suitable for children aged 2 to 10 years and should be given 4 hourly with no more than 6 doses in 24 hours. Depending on the age of the child depends on how much they take: 2 to 3- One 2.5ml spoonful 3 to 5- One 5ml spoonful 6 to 10- One to two 5ml spoonful It comes in a 100ml bottles and costs around £2 depending on where you buy it from. I think it is reasonably priced compared to other but 100ml does not last long when you have a child taking it every 4 hours. It is sugar and colour free which is good and it comes in blackcurrent flavour. My boys say it tastes really nice which helps when you're getting them to have it. I remember medicine tasting horrible. Overall I think Tixylix Chesty Cough is as good as any other cough medicine available, which is not very. It does act as a soother and may make the throat feel better but it certainly doesn't get rid of the cough.

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            25.01.2009 23:12
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            Does the job

            Im very happy with Tixylix I dont really know where to start on this review. Both my sons have had chesty coughs through out their childhood they are now 4 and 5 years old. I was unsure which medication to give them as tried a few and none seemed to work, When a woman at the pharmacy advised me on this and the Night time one I thought Id try it. Ive never looked back since I started using it, It has worked everytime within 3 days and the cost is cheap compared to other medicines ranging from £1.99 - £2.99. My sons take this very well as well as they like the Blackcurrent flavour and they know it will always make their coughs go with in a few days. This particular cough medicine is for ages 2 - 10 years of age so is ideal for toddlers who come down with those winter coughs like my two boys always do. I always keep a bottle of this stocked in my medicine cupboard as I never know when my kids are going to get a cough, and I will never change to a different brand unless this one stops doing the job it always has.

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            14.10.2008 11:50

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            great medicine for children aged 1-10 years and i would recommend

            I would recommend this more than the one from 3+ months and i will be moving onto this once my girls turn 1. It helps to take the symptoms away ratehr than just relieve them which is more effective. Ive used this with my step daughter and couldnt recommend it enough. I bought this from boots and only paid just over £2.00 which isnt bad compared to some of the others and its a well know brand new that people trust. In the box is a 100ml bottle and a spoon, the box states the age tange is from 1-10 years so is obviously stonger. It really helped fetch everything from her chest and also helped her to sleep better at night. It is sugar and colour free. The box also states that after 3 days if the condition hasnt got any better so seek medical advise as it could be that your child needs antibiotics etc or just generally checking over.

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