“ Brand: Boots / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu „
Item: Boots Honey & Glycerine Lemon Linctus
Bought in: Boots
I have a bottle of this on hand in the medicine cabinet all year round. I have used it for a number of years so will give you a review of why I keep using it.
Packaging and design:
This cough bottle comes in a glass bottle. No outer box or leaflet with it. The bottle is clear (you can see the yellow liquid through it) with a dark blue metal lid. As the bottle doesn't come in a box the label is really quite text heavy. The label overall is white. The front section of the label has orange writing on it. It says "Boots Pharmaceuticals" written across the top. Followed by "Glycerine Honey and Lemon Linctus. Soothes and relieves coughs and sore throat." Further around the label there are details of how to take, when not to take, ingredients and possible side effects. That text is written in dark blue text so you can read it very easily. The label has brail over it on the back. (I tried to look this up to find out what the braille said, but can't find anywhere that tells you exactly what it is...or at least Google couldn't tell me. If anyone knows where I can find that info I will go look it up as braille is on many medicines these days.) The lid is made of metal and you can check that it hasn't been tampered with as it has a metal seal around the bottom of the lid. The lid is bright blue and has small grooves on it so you can get a decent grip on it to open the bottle. This cough bottle is slightly cheaper than other branded honey and lemon cough bottles so I assume that they have saved money by not having it in a box or with a leaflet. However the details are on the bottle itself and as it is a boots own product you can check info on the website or ask the pharmacist. The bottle doesn't have a child proof lid so you need to be extra careful to keep this out of the reach of little people.
From the bottle "A linctus which soothes and relieves the symptoms of sore throats and coughs". The bottle advises you to take certain amounts in ML dependant on your age, however it doesn't come with a measuring pot, so you need to either use one from another cough bottle or have a measuring spoon available. I won't take a star off for that as I always keep a spare measuring pot in the medicine cabinet anyways.
When and why do I use this and how do I find it?
I use this a couple of times a month when I have been feeling the start of a sore throat coming on. I work in a large office and the air con is unpredictable and centrally controlled, so some days I am boiling hot and others are freezing and on the most extreme days I come home with a really dry throat. I do drink plenty of water but my throat can still become dry and irritated. On those particular days I just take the recommended dose of this after my dinner in the evening and this seems to sooth my throat enough to stop any tickly coughs properly coming on. I have used this when I have had a full on flu bug too and use it alternately with a stronger "chesty cough" bottle. As they seem to loosen catarrh and clear your chest but I don't find they sooth me at all. So I asked the pharmacist if I could use the honey and lemon alternately and she said that was fine to do. I also take one dose of this before bed if I have been at a concert or festival and my throat is horse from shouting and singing along. The honey and glycerine is just enough to calm my throat and stop is feeling "scratchy" the next day.
This actually tastes really sweet and does have a good taste of lemon and honey through it. It has a slight tingly menthol after taste too. Part of the soothing effect is the sugar and sucrose ingredients so this is why it tastes so sweet but also why I make sure to take it before I brush my teeth if I am having it at night. It does create a funny minty/lemon/honey taste in my mouth but it's just far too sugary to take and have coating your teeth all night.
Overall I find this product to be good value and very handy to have around the house. For me it really is for a "lightly" sore throat and if I was in full blown up all night coughing mode I would go for a stronger bottle. It has around a 3 year sell by date on it too, so as long as you keep an eye on the use by date you can keep this on stand by for a long time.
I suffer with a lot of coughs and colds due to suffering with M.E and my immune system not being as good as it could be. Just recently I have been suffering with a sore throat and a bit of a cough but knew I wasn't dying or anything that serious, just a bit off colour so when I was in Boots I decided to grab myself a bottle of some sort of medicine and this appealed to me being lemon and honey flavoured and I paid about £1.25 for my bottle which I thought was offered me good value for my money as well as being worth a try.
The bottle this comes in is simple but informative enough and the bottle is made of clear and sturdy glass and it has a blue screw on/off cap/lid to the top of it and around the bottle there is a white and orange coloured label and on the front of that we are clearly old that it is Boots Pharmaceuticals Glycerin Honey & Lemon Linctus 'Soothes and relieves coughs and sore throat' and we are also told that it gives us 200ml of the medicine and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told again what it is for, dosage advice is given as well as warnings (there are lots of those), the ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated.
The directions given for this are simple enough to follow and a child as young as one years old can take this and measurements are given depending on the age of the child but for over 12 year olds we are told to take 2 x 5ml spoonfuls 3-4 times a day which of course is the dose I have been taken and basically I just give myself a couple of teaspoons of the stuff when I feel I need it up to the 4 doses a day of course!
The medicine is a yellow colour but transparent and smells lemony and with a hint of a honey scent to it. Its a runny medicine, sticky and taste as nice as it smells with a real flavour of sweet and sour lemon with a hint of honey and I really do like it.
However this soothes only a little and only for a short time. It does trickle down my throat easily and seems to coat it helping it to not feel so tickly or dry or whatever I'm feeling and I notice that it does help to stop me coughing for a short time so its effective to an extent when you first have it but the long term benefits of using this are just not that sadly, it is a shame cos it tastes so nice.
For the reasons stated above I can't really recommend it however if your symptoms are really mild then its worth a go I guess and it doesn't make me drowsy!
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I have used as Boots Glycerin Honey & Lemon Linctus on a number of occasions when I have had a cough or a core throat. A 200 ml bottle of Boots Glycerin Honey & Lemon Linctus costs £2.25 from Boots, and this equates to 22p per dose for an adult. It doesn't sound like a bad price, because even if you take it at the full recommended dose of 4 times a day, this means that it would cost just 88p per day.
The Boots Glycerin Honey & Lemon Linctus comes in a glass medicine bottle with a screw top lid, which has a safety seal on it prior to use for the first time. It contains full product information on the bottle which details ingredients, directions, contraindications and warnings related to using the linctus.
Using the linctus is easy. It's just a matter of administering 10 mls (two teaspoons) every 6 hours for as long as needed. The linctus is quite thick and gloopy and it tastes heavily of honey, although I can't smell or taste the lemon at all. The linctus tastes fairly pleasant and actually as the linctus is being swallowed it is really soothing as the mixture is going down. I would say that it does relieve the scratchy pain associated with a sore throat, but not as much as some other lozenges and so I tend to use it in combination with lozenges. I would say that in terms of a sore throat then it will relieve the symptoms by about 50%. For a cough, the linctus does help relieve the symptoms of a dry cough, but not of a chesty cough - and so I will pick and choose when I use it.
Overall, I think this product works fairly well. It does not stand out to me as anything that different from many other products that are available, but it is cheaper in terms of price.
I celebrated my birthday last month by partying very hard! The result was a 2-week long cold with sore throat, cough and killer headaches :( I was suffering pretty badly with my cold (more like a girl's version of man flu really!) and was in need of something to relieve my symptoms. I opted for this Glycerin, Honey and Lemon Linctus which is a Boots own brand product. It is available exclusively from Boots and costs £1.59 for a 200ml bottle.
Product description: "A linctus which soothes and relieves the symptoms of sore throats and coughs."
The Linctus comes in a glass bottle with a screw top lid. The liquid inside has a bright yellow colour that goes with the lemon and honey flavour, and you can see it clearly through the bottle which allows you to know how much you have left. It is very runny and this meant it got a bit drippy and messy when pouring out the required doses. I found it was a bit easier to take it using a little plastic medicine cup, rather than trying to balance the liquid in a measuring spoon.
Recommended adult dosage: 2 x 5ml spoonfuls. Swallow this amount 3 or 4 times a day, if you need to. This medicine is not expected to cause side effects.
This cough medicine is very easy to take. It has a lovely flavour thanks to the honey and lemon, and it tastes very sweet. It's always nice to take medicine that tastes good rather than having to suffer a bad tasting medicine when you're not feeling well! When I had a cough I would take this the recommended 3-4 times a day, and would save my doses mainly for in the afternoon and evening when my cough seemed to be at its worst.
The Linctus gets to work quite quickly, and within around 20 minutes of taking it I felt much more comfortable and my coughing had eased off. It is definitely a relief to have a break from the symptoms and after taking this medicine my cough was kept under control. The only bad thing is that this only masks the problem for a short amount of time, and a couple of hours later the cough comes back just the same as it was before. However, I feel that it does work well and I have not experienced any side effects from taking this medicine.
I would recommend this Glycerin, Honey and Lemon Linctus, as it is a very reasonable price and gives good value for money. This works effectively to ease coughing and is a very pleasant tasting medicine. Just remember that the effects won't last, and make sure to monitor your doses.
Boots glycerin, lemon and honey linctus
I have sampled many cough mixtures/linctuses over the years and also tried them out on my husband and my four children. I honestly feel that most don't have that much effect. I do feel that to 'break up' a chesty cough Benylin is worth using and does give some good results and a few others seem quite good too (Covonia amongst these) but most have, in my experience, only a little efficacy. But I find with most coughs that I suffer from (fortunately only occasionally) are most troublesome at night.
I sometimes need a linctus to help to soothe my throat before getting off to sleep and for those annoying times when I'm woken with that stubborn irritating tickle that just won't go away. I find once it starts no amount of sipping at a drink relieves it; the only thing that seems to have any effect is medicine.
I have also found with my children (especially when younger) that most medicines didn't do much to alleviate a cough but soothing linctus did help them, mainly in being able to sleep a little better.
I think, for the sake of soothing a tickle, most cough mixtures will help to temporarily alleviate symptoms, but I have found that the best seem to be preparations containing the three ingredients of glycerine, lemon and honey. All of these ingredients are known to soothe sore throats and if the throat is soothed then the ticklish sensation is calmed, albeit temporarily.
This medicine is also useful, in my opinion, for when the worst of the cold or cough is over but there is still some irritation left, at times. This often seems to be at night or when trying to relax.
As I find that most medicines which are simply used to soothe sore throats and perhaps unblock the sinuses a little, seem to work more due to the ingredients used in their content than the brand, then to me it makes sense to use cheaper remedies. I don't mind which brand I use if it contains glycerine, honey and lemon as I find these preparations are the best for my personal use. Also, I find that medicines containing these ingredients don't make me sleepy as is the case with Benylin, for example. Of course, if I am suffering badly with a cough I'll put up with the side effects but normally I all I need is a soother.
The medicine I have been using most recently is a Boots own preparation which I think is a well tried and tested brand and I have bought a few of these. In my opinion this works just as well as more expensive branded medicines do but at a reasonable price. As I don't have a cold at the moment just the ticklish irritating cough remaining from one, I don't need to take this during the day but will take perhaps one teaspoonful before retiring and if I wake with a cough then another one. This does the trick for me.
I'm not exactly sure how much I paid when I bought this but it was no more than £1.60 to £1.70 for a bottle sized at 200ml. I consider this to be a very good price.
The medicine comes in simple packaging; this being a glass bottle and it has a screw on lid. This is fine for me (not having young children in the house) but I understand that in Boots the chemist one can request a child proof lid if required.
Adults= two 5ml (teaspoon) to be taken up to four times per day
Children (five to eleven years) =one 5ml (spoonful) to be taken up to four times per day
Children (one to four) = one 2.5 ml (spoonful) to be taken up to four times per day.
I don't really like the taste that much as find it sweet but I like the fact that the lemon can be tasted as can the honey and all I think that these combined with the glycerine does make it slip down the throat in a soothing manner.
I would say that the taste compares favourably to many other cough medicines. My children when young found this nicer to consume than most other cough medicines.
This medicine when used to soothe a sore throat or tickly cough works well and I would recommend it. It's very good for the price. However, if I had a severe cough/cold then I wouldn't expect it to do too much and would be more inclined to use a stronger cough/cold remedy. I find it best used for its soothing properties.
When my little girl had a sore throats so much so that she was complaining she couldn't breathe in I wanted to find something to help her, I soon found that wasn't actually so easy. On speaking to a pharmacist I found that they actually don't advise using medicine for throats and coughs on children as it is a risk that if it was an infection medicine could actually make it worse, i was then advised to try this.
Obviously as it is a Boots product Boots is where to buy it and it costs about £1.50 for 200ml so is really fairly priced. The product comes in a transparent glass bottle with a metal screw cap blue lid, the product inside is yellow in colour as you would probably expect. The medicine can be used from 1 year old to adulthood at varying dosages, a 1 year old can have 2.5ml 3 or 4 times a day, 5 years to 11 years can have 5ml 3 to 4 times a day and over 12s can have 10ml 3 to 4 times a day. The active ingredients are glycerol, honey and liquid sugar demineralised, it also contains purified water, citric acid, benzoic acid, lemon oil and distilled lime.
The liquid itself is slightly thicker than water and tastes very strongly of honey, when taking the medicine it warms the throat as it goes down and it does certainly provide relief. My daughter refuses to take the medicine though as she doesn't like the taste and to be hinest the relief from the sore throat doesn't really last much more than half an hour. I would say that this is an average product, you get a little relief which when your throat is really sore any relief is great but it's not for long enough.
Having a sore throat and/or cough can cause disruption to sleep and daily activities. There are many brand names on the shelves of supermarkets and chemists but they come at a price. Boots offer many health products as part of their own range and these are normally cheaper than brand names.
When you approach the aisle in Boots, you are faced with numerous tablet, medicine and drink type products which claim to help soothe your sore throat. Boots own linctus comes in many forms each claiming to do something better than the cheaper option. There is a product called Boots Glycerin Linctus which is available in 2 flavours. One of them is Blackcurrant and the ohter is Honey and Lemon which I will be reviewing.
This Glycerin Linctus claims to soothe sore throats and give relief from coughs. It contains a mix of glycerol, honey and sucrose. Each 5ml of this linctus contains 0.75ml of glycerol, 1.11g of honey and 2.2ml of liquid sugar along with water, citric acid, benzoic acid, lime oil and lemon oil. It cannot be taken by those who are allergic to any of the ingredients and if you are diabetic it is worth checking with the doctor. It can safely be taken during pregnancy and if you are breastfeeding. It is unlikely to cause any side effects.
*~*Taking The Linctus*~*
This linctus is safe to use from children from the age of 1. Dosage information as follows :
Adults and those over 12 - 2 x 5ml spoonfuls 3-4 times a day as required.
Children age 5-11 - 1 x 5ml spoonful 3-4 times a day.
Children age 1-4 - 1 x 2.5ml spoonful 3-4 times a day.
The linctus comes housed in a clear, glass bottle with a blue screw on lid. A label wraps around the bottle with all the information needed but the bottle doesn't come boxed with a leaflet.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
This is available from Boots priced at £1.59 for 200ml.
I suffer from sore throats quite often and rather than swallow down paracetamol or ibuprofen, I opt for a linctus medicine. I first was introduced to the Boots own brand linctus by my local Pharamicist when I asked for advice. I didn't want to pay over £4.00 for Beechams or Covonia and was recommended this one. I actually went for the Blackcurrant version of this which is slightly different but it was toothachingly sweet so I decided to try this Honey and Lemon flavoured one. The bottle is strong and I have all information I need.
Peering through the bottle, a semi transparent, cloudy yellow liquid can be seen. I always shake it before I use it and this results in it going bubbly and clearer inside the bottle! Opening the bottle, a sweet and almost citrussy aroma greets me. As I am generally the only person using this in my house, I take straight from the bottle. I once gave my toddler a drop for his sore throat and he was repulsed by it! The smell was medicinal like other throat products, it was quite pleasant. As this doesn't come with a spoon, you need your own. When I buy this from the Boots in the same street as me, if my throat is really niggling, I give it a shake and swallow a small gulp down. I can roughly gauge how much I'm taking and not much is needed to perform its intended job.
The honey and lemon linctus is quite runny and doesn't have the same thick, syrupy consistency that the blackcurrant one has. It is however, substantial as it clings to my throat. Sometimes I have a chesty cough and this is no good for that..I need something more willing to carry on down my system and soothe my chest for that. If its just a throaty cough and discomfort, this works a treat. The taste of the linctus is inoffensive but very heavy on the sugary sweet basis! I am not keen on honey as a stand alone flavour but mixed with the lemon and lime oils it is easy to take and although sweet doesn't give me toothache! The lemon infuses nicely with the honey to create a flavour that is easy to swallow and doesn't leave a chemical after taste like some do.
The most important aspect though is deciding if this linctus works? It works great at soothing my throat. As I swallow the liquid, I can feel it clinging to my throat and gentle easing the pressure and soreness that has been inflicted on it. Its not a cooling rush like something like Gaviscon gives you for heartburn but its generous enough to relax my throat. It is a tempory solution and I wouldn't say it elimates my cough as it doesn't but time is a healer. This linctus simply makes it a bit more bearable. I usually take some before my meals and it coats my throat quickly leaving it soothed and allowing me to swallow and digest what I am eating without pain. I can usually get relief from one dose for around 2-3hours and the niggling returns.
*~*Conclusion and Recommendation*~*
Boots Glycerin Linctus is a budget alternative to the brand names. It does its intended job well and doesn't taste disgusting. I keep my bottle in the cupboard and usually need to use it over a course of 3-4days before my cough gives up and leaves me alone! I have noticed that after around 5days, the taste of the linctus isn't as nice but if used between a family, you could easily use a bottle up before this time if all of your were unwell. The remainer of my bottle ends up in the bin which I would grudge if I paid £4.00 for it.
I recommend this linctus for moderate discomfort in the throat area but opt for something stronger if chest pain or extreme throat pain. Thanks for reading :)
As I've been suffering for the past two weeks with an extremely sore throat accompanied by an annoying tickly cough it was necessary to look in my medicine cabinet for something to relieve my symptoms. Whilst the cabinet was filled with an array of throat sweets, pain killers and stomach remedies, unfortunately, my Boots Glycerin, Honey and Lemon Linctus was rather out of date.
Consequently, I took a trip to my local Boots store to replenish the product, which is contained within a 200 ml glass bottle with a blue screw top lid. The familiar blue and white Boots logo is situated in the top left hand corner and we are advised that this product will provide relief for coughs and sore throats.
Whilst I'm not particularly fond of products containing honey I will tolerate anything if it will provide relief to my terribly sore throat. When I was younger my Dad kept several hives of bees in our garden and I would regularly be advised to eat a spoonful of honey, particularly as it has such effective properties.
The lid is securely fixed with a seal when initially purchased so you have the assurance that no-one has tampered with the medicine, as you required to "unlock" the lower seal by giving a good twist. The medicine is easily dispensed and is fairly thick in consistency and an off-yellow colour.
Whilst I cannot see that this medicine needs to be shaken before use I always tend to give it a good shake in order to distribute its' contents. As with all medicines there are different dosage directions dependent on age whereby adults and children over the age of 12 years should swallow two 5 ml spoonfuls three or four times a day. Children aged between 5 and 11 years should swallow one 5 ml spoonfuls three or four times a day and children of 1 to 4 years should swallow half a 5 ml spoonful three or four times a day.
My experience of using this medicine is fairly positive although I would describe the need for taking it as most definitely negative! Whilst I do not believe that there is any medicine or cough lozenge that will rid us of sore and tickly throats, this medicine does provide temporary relief. I find it extremely soothing as it trickles down my throat and coats the horrid soreness caused by my constant coughing.
Both the taste of honey and lemon are detectable and I cannot believe I am saying this, but they are quite pleasant, even the honey! Obviously, the results are short-lived, but it most definitely provides some temporary relief and combined with various throat lozenges and hot cups of tea, assists me to get through this horrendous cough and cold.
As this mixture contains both sucrose and honey it is obviously very sticky and sweet and is totally unsuitable for diabetics, such as my hubby, who unfortunately has to suffer when he catches any bugs! Incidentally, he's currently suffering, particularly as I'm the type of person who likes to share and I unfortunately, decided to share my stinking cold with him!
I am a little baffled with the list of active ingredients which states that each 5 ml spoonful of the syrup contains glycerol 0.75 ml, honey 1.11g (0.4g as glucose), liquid sugar, demineralised 2.2 ml, citrus acid, lemon oil, distilled lime and the list goes on! I wish Boots had listed this in plain old English for the likes of me to easily understand!
As with all medicines there is some precautionary information listed on the rear of the label where we are advised that this is not suitable if you are allergic or intolerant to any of the ingredients. The good thing about this syrup is that it can be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
There is an expiry date on my bottle, which is two years away, so I have quite a considerable time in which to use this, although I hope I will not need it again for a very long time!
Whilst this is a glass bottle, which can normally be recycled, I am surprised that I cannot locate the recycled symbol.
If you are interested in purchasing Boots Glycerin Honey and Lemon Linctus it is available from all Boots stores for £1.59 for a 200 ml bottle. I most certainly recommend this product and will always ensure I have a bottle that has not expired.
Due to its' efficiency and effectiveness this product receives 5 out of 5 stars from me. For as long as I can remember I've been using this product each time I suffer with a cough and/or sore throat and it comes with a recommendation from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Every time I have a sore throat or a cough this is always the medicine that I take above everything else. It seems to help every single time and makes my throat feel a lot better.
This is a liquid medicine that, although it doesn't completely get rid of sore throats and coughs, it does relive the pain a lot and seems to moisturise your throat.
The medicine looks quite appealing, which is unusual for any type of medicine, and has a golden brown honey colour. The taste is probably quite an acquired one that I didn't particularly like at first but now I'm used to it and it's actually pretty nice now. The taste is a mixture of bitter and sweet - the bitter taste comes from the lemon which gives it quite a sharp tang, but the honey also makes it very sweet and is what makes the flavour a lot nicer.
I usually take two 5ml spoonfuls (the recommended dose for adults) in the morning and two more at night and this seems to keep any pain or soreness away for the whole day and through the night. This should really be kept in the fridge as it makes the liquid lovely and cold which helps towards soothing a sore throat even more.
This liquid medicine is sold in most places such as supermarkets and pharmacies and they're all roughly around the same price of £1.50. I've tried a few different shop brands of them and they all do exactly the same job and taste exactly the same so none is really better than another.
I always make sure I have a bottle of this in the fridge for when I get a sore throat as it always relieves any pain really nicely for me.
It's one thing after another with children isn't it, one of my boys got over chicken pox and my other boy got it straightaway, now the one who has been rid of them has got a bit of cold and a cough so I popped to Boots earlier to buy some cough medicine. I picked up a bottle of Tixylix first as I have used this before but was told it was for children over 6 and advised to buy a completely different bottle of medicine.
The pharmacist advised me on a 200ml see through glass bottle of Boots Glycerin Honey and Lemon Linctus which is meant to relieve coughs and sore throats. The bottle was only going to cost me £1.49 which was over a £1 cheaper than the usual Tixylix anyway so I wasn't going to moan.
The bottle isn't a fancy bottle and it doesn't come in a box either, this one though is easily recognised though by the colour of the actual medicine inside, looking like honey itself. The back of the bottle explains everything it needs to including how to take it and what dosage, all depending on age. It also advises you not to take it if you are allergic or intolerant to any of the ingredients but you can take this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. We are also told on the back of the bottle that this is a linctus which soothes and relieves the symptoms of sore throats and coughs. Apparently this medicine should cause no side effects at all so if any problems do arise when taking this medicine you should ensure you seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist.
Unscrewing the cap you are instantly met by a sweet honey scent, not like some medicines you get which pong. It's a very thin an runny medicine but the taste is thick and rich. As you swallow and taste it it begins quite soothing thanks to the rich honey taste but it soon provides a sharper edge, that 'medicinal' taste which really hits the back of your throat. It's not unpleasant in anyway just lets you know it is actually a medicine and it is working it's magic. When using it for myself I found it eased my cough almost straightaway, however using it with my one of my boys it seemed to take a little longer. If anything after giving him his reccomended dose he seemed to cough more, but it soon sounded 'looser' and not as much of a harsh bark. It took about 20 minutes but his coughing soon seemed to ease and slow down and he didn't seem like he was struggling to keep a cough in either as it hurt his chest when he did eventually cough. Yesterday his coughing was really bad, strong barking coughs which were really playing havoc with his poor little chest, however today his coughs are alot looser, quieter and don't seem like they are causing him quite as much pain or discomfort. He doesn't seem to be complaining about his sore throat either today and managed to eat all of his breakfast too, which is a good sign.
To be honest I wasn't expecting this medicine to do much as it was 'cheap' even though I usually like Boots products and the fact it's just like coloured water when pouring it onto the spoon didn't help my first impressions either. However now I've used it on myself and one of my twins and seen the progress and the relief it has provided I am more than happy to use it again and reccomend it to others.