For as long as I can remember my family have used Venos for chesty and tickly coughs. I can remember from being a little girl the box being in the top of the cupboard for when we would need it and my Mum still swears by it today. I always make sure we have some in the cupboard too so Venos is something that is ingrained in me!
Venos comes in two different types - one being this Chesty Coughs version and the other is the honey and lemon tickly coughs version. I have used both in my life and at the moment it is the chesty coughs version that is in our cupboard. The chesty coughs version is an orange box and it has "Venos" written in bold white font at the top on a blue background and the bottom says "Chesty Coughs" and an outline of a person on an orange background. The bottles comes in 100ml and come with a cap to take and measure the medicine with. Venos is available in all major supermarkets and chemists. I have also noticed that a few of my corner shops are selling it as well so it is a readily available, over the counter medicine. The costs varies between £3-4.
Venos does not use any sedatives in it which means you can still drive and work or just go about your daily routine. Ingredients Venos does use are: liquid glucose, guaifenesin, treacle and sugar.
Venos is a liquid so is very easy to take and swallow. With this one I would recommend having a drink nearby as it isn't a particularly nice tasting medicine!
I had a chesty cough last week which just came out of nowhere and it was slightly sore too. It was nothing to bother the Drs about so I pulled out our bottle of Venos. I take 10ml at a time and take it 3 times a day. Now this particular Venos tastes awful - it tastes bitter and is just really disgusting. I much prefer the taste of the honey and lemon one but that one just doesn't work on chesty coughs. When you swallow this one, you can feel it running through you, it is a really strange feeling but it is such a sharp feeling as it goes down. It almost makes your chest feel cold! It also soothes your throat if your throat is a little bit sore. It takes the edge of the pain of a sore throat for a about half an hour which is always a nice relief as we all know sore throats are just horrible.
I always find after a couple of days Venos does help to clear my chesty coughs up - it definately did last week. It doesn't get rid of it entirely but it does ease it off and turns it into a small every now and then cough. Venos for me does relieve the soreness a chesty cough can create. As I said previously, my family has been using it for years and swear by it. I definately recommend it.
Ok, I have been suffering with a horrible rough chesty cough now for over 3 weeks. I woke up yesterday and thought I have to do something about this as it just would not shift.
I purchased some Venos Expectorant (for chesty coughs) and i took it every 3 hours for a day. I woke up this morning feeling so much better, cough was still there but the pain from my throat and the horrid feel of having stuff on my chest had gone. I have carried on using it again today and I can actually feel the stuff working as each hour passes.
It comes in 100ml bottles, I paid £3 for it from the garage so i know i paid over the odds but i needed something!
It does exactly what it says on the box, helps to clear the chesty cough and soothe your throat.
There is no sedative in this product so you can carry on with your normal day without any drowsiness - so no issues with driving.
Contains ingredients - Guaifenesin (100mg), Liquid glucose is 3.0g, and 1.35g of treacle.
Total sugar content is (3.4g per 5ml)
The only bad thing i can think of with this product is the discusting taste! It is awful...
However I would rather have something that worked than just tasted nice :)
Shelf life on this product is 6 months after opening, so i would advise taking the full course once opened even if you feel better.
I have been suffering from a very chesty cough; how I got it I have no idea, as none of my family had it. It was one of those coughs that you have which is a constant tickling in your throat, regardless of how much water you drink, and the kind that gives you coughing fits where you go red in the face, your eyes start watering and your partner makes you sleep in the spare room because they think you are putting it on for sympathy and you are keeping them awake!!
I am not one to run to the doctors so the day after my cough started I went to my local chemist and bought Beechams Veno's Expectorant for Chesty Coughs.
I picked up this cough medicine, 100 ml for £2.50, as Beechams is a well know brand I though that this product must be Ok, but I was somewhat disappointed! Beechams Veno's comes in a blue and orange cardboard box and the bottle is made of glass. What is quite handy is that you get a plastic measuring cap with it, so no need to spill the mixture all over the worktop when trying to pour 5 ml on to a spoon.
Beechams Veno's Expectorant is supposed to be a soothing formula which helps clear your chesty cough and the mixture has added menthol making it a full strength expectorant making it effective for relief of chesty, bronchial coughs - apparently! It loosens phlegm and catarrh and eases congestion as well as soothing and protecting sore, irritated throats as well.
The mixture has a similar consistency of syrup (if not a bit runnier) and is almost black in colour. It reminded me of the Malt my mum used to give me as a child and you get the feeling after drinking it that your teeth and lips are going to stick together!! As for the taste it is disguising. I know that these things are not meant to taste pleasant, but this is foul. It smelt and tasted of aniseed and liquorice. Now I like liquorice allsorts, but this must be about 10 times stronger in taste and is too overpowering. If the medicine worked the taste would have been bearable but you would probably have to bribe children to take this in exchange for a large pack of sweets as the taste lingers.
One positive about this is that it doesn't have a sedative effect and you can carry on with your day and can drive without falling asleep. It is a good job that it is non-drowsy because the dosage seems a bit excessive to me. Normally the dosage with cough medicines is to take 5ml about 4 times a day but for adults and children over the age of 12 if is recommended that you take 10 ml every 2-3 hours (for children 3 to 12 years and under the dosage is 5ml every 3 hours). It comes in a 100 ml bottle so it is obvious that the bottle isn't going to last long at all, so you would need a bigger bottle for the family.
Even after following the instructions and taking 10 ml doses over a period of 3 days, Beechams Veno made no difference to my cough at all and I didn't experience any of the soothing effects it is supposed to have. In the end I bought a bottle of Benylin cough medicine and this cleared my cough and was much more effective.
In my opinion I wouldn't recommend this medicine as it does not soothe really bad chests, however I suppose it would be Ok for a mild cough. The other disadvantage is the foul taste.
Beechams Veno's is also widely available from supermarkets and should not be given to children under the age of 3 years old.
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~ ~ The ?mad cabbie? is off work at the moment, as no doubt some of you folk here at dooyoo have noticed over the past week or so. I made the dreadful mistake of tempting fate in the recent update of my review about Echinacea, (the Red Indian herbal remedy) and stating I hadn?t had a cold in the three or so years I?ve been taking it regularly. Result? Yep, you have it in one. Or should I say in TWO! Over the past month I?ve come down with not one but two stinking colds, one after the other. No sooner had I recovered from the first dose, and got myself back to work for a few days, than I fell to yet another bout. This isn?t good in my case, as I have what my late mother would have called a ?weak chest?. In other words, when I get a cold it immediately lodges deep down in my bronchial tubes, resulting in a hacking cough, and a chest full of nasty phlegm! ~ ~ My doctor is well used to this condition of mine at this stage, (bah!!) and prescribed my usual medication. ?Klacid?, (clarithomycin) a strong antibiotic, and Bricanyl Expectorant, a cough bottle designed to loosen the phlegm and allow me to clear all the nasty grunge from my chest. Now this combination works, of that there is no doubt, but while I?m happy enough with the antibiotic, I don?t find the Bricanyl Expectorant so good. For a start, it doesn?t appear to do what it?s supposed to do, (loosen the phlegm) and it also gives me a bad case of the shakes and shivers. Don?t ask me why, because I don?t know. I suppose I must be slightly allergic to one of the ingredients. I?ve related this information to my doctor, but he?s a bit of a head case to be honest, (in the nicest possible sense) and simply doesn?t appear to take it in! ~ ~ So since last Thursday I?ve been hacking and spluttering all over the house, and to make matters
worse, getting no apparent relief from the damned phlegm in my chest. Leave it to my wee lass. (Nearly 13-year-old daughter) She was down at the local supermarket yesterday evening helping her mother do a large shop, and when she returned produced a bottle of the product I?m going to review here. ?Veno?s Expectorant?. (For chesty coughs) She loves her old dad to bits, so she does, the little pet! ~ ~ Venos is a liquid expectorant designed specifically for chesty coughs, and to give relief to the sore throat that invariably accompanies them. It has added menthol to help clear your air passages, glucose to help it slip down more easily, and TREACLE. Yes, you did read that right. Treacle, as in the stuff you put into treacle puddings! It comes with a small, clear plastic measuring cup so that you can judge the dosage accurately, and they recommend 10ml every 2 to 3 hours for adults and kids over 12, and half that amount for children between 3 to 12-years-of-age. You get a warning on the box not to take it if you are allergic to some stuff called guaifenesin, which would appear to be one of the main active ingredients. (Don?t ask me what it is or what it does, as I?m no chemist!) Another warning is the standard ?don?t exceed the stated dose?. (As if!!) Oh, and it doesn?t make you drowsy like some other expectorants can, (Benolyn springs immediately to mind) so you don?t have to worry about driving your car. Simply shake the bottle well, pour it into the plastic container, and Robert?s your uncle. ~ ~ So does it work? You bet your sweet life. After only a few doses, the old nasty phlegm was flowing out of me like water out of a tap, my chest was clearer than it had been for months, (even before I got the colds) and my laboured breathing had eased immensely. Any drawbacks? You bet your sw
eet life! This stuff looks and tastes like the medicine your old mum used to threaten you with if you weren?t ?good?. It looks like somebody had dipped the bottle into a pitcher of road worker?s tar, has about the same thick consistency, and tastes like nasty, thick treacle. But it WORKS, so as far as I?m concerned I don?t really give a monkey?s what it tastes like! ~ ~ Venos is made by Beechams, who are a subsidiary of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. Here in Ireland they are located right here in Dublin. A bottle of 160ml (16 doses) cost ?4.11 at our local supermarket, so should last about 3 days on average. Highly recommended by the mad cabbie, even if you do need a strong cup of coffee immediately afterwards to wash away the revolting taste. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © KenJ April 2004 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
What is the world coming to? I'm sat here feeling sorry for myself and writing about cough mixture, haven't I got anything better to do? I should be dosing myself up with a glass of Bailey's instead of this nice little measure of Veno?s. Wouldn't want to overdo it now would we? Cough, cough, splutter, spultter. The bottle of Veno's has been in my cupboard for as long as the bottle of Whisky that's gathering dust. I hate both of them and I can't think of any use for either except medicinal purposes. Until writing this review I didn't even notice that Veno's is made by Beechams, or to be precise, SmithKline Beecham. In fact upon further investigation it appears that SmithKline Beecham are now trading as GlaxoSmithKline, I told you I'd had the bottle a long time, didn't I? What is it with these pharmaceutical companies, they always seem to be changing their names and merging with one another to form new companies. Anyway, I'm feeling pretty desperate and I am going against the grain by taking medication for a cough. I've visited the doctor and he confirms that I have a virus; my computer must have passed it on to me somehow. The doctor usually says that there is no point in taking cough medicines as it can actually suppress the cough and therefore take longer to go. If left to their own devices they will leave your weary body naturally. My head is banging and my throat is sore but there is no point in prescribing me antibiotics as they only work for bacterial infections, not the dreaded virus. I'm sent home to suffer, by the way this was over 3 weeks ago and I'm still suffering. I had some Veno's then along with other medicine for the headache etc and I was starting to feel better. Along came Christmas that brought with it a wonderful cold spell that literally took my breath away. I haven?t stopped coughing since, time to get out the dreaded Veno's again. It's the kind
of stuff that your mother could frighten you with. "Don't forget to put your hat, scarf and gloves on or I'll have no choice than to get the Veno's out" it's enough to make you wrap up warmly and not go within sneezing distance of anyone. You'll see what I mean in a minute, I'm about to have my next dose. I open the cardboard package with about as much excitement as getting a sack of coal for Christmas. It tries to lull you in to a false sense of security. It shows this picture of a lady on the front of the box, stretching out her neck, all delicately done in Orange. There is a drop, like a teardrop, which gives off this soothing effect as it placed directly on the throat. She has this kind of satisfied look on her face that I'm sure I get when I've just eaten chocolate. It has a dark blue background at the top with Veno's in white so there is no way you can mistake this medicine if you are brave enough to buy it. CHESTY COUGHS is also there in bold capitals so you know if you're buying it for the right type of cough, I believe they come in two categories, chesty and tickly. Is it me or do all coughs tickle even if they are chesty? Mine do. I take out the sticky bottle and I'm pleased to see that it's nearly empty! There is 100ml in this bottle and adults usually take 10mls every 2-3 hours. I think I am right in saying that you would therefore get 10 doses from the bottle. If you took it as often as it says, it wouldn't last very long. The bottle is more or less the same as the outside packaging and it has a white unscrew lid. Make sure that the seal isn't broken the first time you use it. There should be a measuring cup with the bottle so that you can pour the required amount in. It does say that it can be given to children aged 3-12 years but I doubt if you could get them to take it, I give the kids Buttercup Syrup. Under no circumstances should you give it to children
under 3 except on medical advice. Give it a little shake, the bottle I mean! And then pour in the measuring cup. Oh! The smell, I can smell the menthol and it actually cleared my nose a little. As I'm meant to drink it I'll stop sniffing now and swallow. You can't help but notice the colour of this though; it is so dark it's almost black. It's also very thick, like tar. It reminds me of cigarettes that have been put out in water and left to ferment. Don?t ask me how I know this, as I don't even smoke. I put the cup to my lips and it starts to slide down. It even tastes thick, it goes down slowly and I really want to pinch my nose so I can't taste it. It is kind of minty and you can definitely taste the menthol. It almost burns as it glides down and is very warming. By this time I'm pulling a very funny face but I don't want a drink just yet as it may not work. My throat feels as if it has closed a little, it does this every time but I don't know why. It must stick to the lining of the gullet. It leaves an awful after taste in the mouth and I just hate it. It doesn't make me heave or anything and it's just about bearable, I much prefer Buttercup Syrup taste wise but it's not as effective. You see; Veno'sfor chesty coughs is an expectorant. An expectorant is supposed to loosen phlegm and catarrh and ease congestion. The demulcent action (whatever that is) will soothe and protect a sore throat. There is also no sedative in the mixture so it should not cause drowsiness. I' not going to go on about the ingredients but it does contain Guaiphensin BP, Glucose, Sodium Benzoate and Sodium metabisulphite, E numbers to be precise so if you suffer with reactions to these then please seek advice before taking. Guess what? It also contains treacle, why? I don' know but that' why it is so black and sticky and that must account for some of what I can taste. I wouldn' recommend adding it to
your Parkin though. Does it work? Well to a point yes. It does soothe the throat a little although this doesn' last long. I have found that it definitely loosens phlegm, which has to be a good thing. There is nothing worse than trying to get it up and irritating your throat even more when doing so. The down side is that you may find it difficult or embarrassing to spit the phlegm out. It' a good idea to do it in the bathroom if you can; I hate spitting! Of course it' not going to cure you, it will only help to relieve the symptoms. If the cold or flu continues and gets on your chest you may have an infection. If this is the case you should seek medical advice rather than take over the counter medicines, you may need antibiotics. Chest infections can be very nasty and cause other complications, if the symptoms persist always visit your doctor. Veno' will not do anything for headaches and fever and separate medication may be required. Speak to the pharmacist and explain the problem. It is important that they know about all the medicines you are taking whether they are prescribed or not. Some medicines react with one another and could cause problems or even overdose. If you are unsure of the cause of your illness then speak to a doctor first, it'better to be safe than sorry. You can always visit the chemist afterwards if you feel you need a little comfort, not that kind of comfort! lol You can currently purchase Veno's Expectorant on www.wellbeing.com for £2.79 on their 3 for 2 offer. I am assuming it will be the same price in the Boots stores. If you would like some further help and advice Beechams have a website, www.beechamsfightback.co.uk you can gather information on their products and advice on how best to deal with colds and flu. I should have read this first! Effectiveness 7/10 Taste 2/10