What is Benylin Children's Night Coughs?
Benylin Children's Night Coughs is a form of treatment that helps to relieve the effects of a cough and help your child have a good night sleep. It is also designed to relieve congestion in the nose that causes a runny nose and sneezing. The active ingredients in the medicine are:
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that works to relieve a cough and also clear dry secretions in the nose and chest. Levomenthol is a decongestant that helps to unblock the nose and make breathing easier.
What causes a cough?
A cough is caused by a virus infection, such as a cold or the flu. A cough is a response by the body to mucus or phlegm that has become caught in the chest or throat. A dry cough is a cough where no mucus is produced. This type of cough is because of an irritant in the throat, as well as a cold or flu.
Who is this cough medicine suitable for?
This medicine is suitable to be used by children aged between 6-12. For children older and younger, speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist for advice on what treatment to use. This medicine should not be used if the user is allergic to the ingredients contained in the medicine. It should also not be used if a cough treatment is already being used. If the child has or had any of the following, then do not use:
- Suffered from a prostate problem, in particular, passing urine
- Suffers from closed-angle glaucoma
- Taking treatment for depression called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
How should Benylin Children's Night Coughs be used?
Use 10ml (two 5ml spoonfuls) every six hours. Do not give more than four doses a day. Also, do not use for more than five days consecutively without consent from a doctor.
Are there any side effects?
Because it is a medicine, there is a chance of side effects. Potential side effects include:
- A skin rash
- Irregular heartbeat
- A headache
- Upset stomach
- Slurred speech
- Low blood pressure
If you notice any side effect, then stop using this medicine and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist as soon as possible. You can also record any side effect you notice using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Why do I need to answer questions to buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Benylin Children's Night Coughs, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that Benylin is the best choice for you.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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If you are concerned about addiction to 'over the counter' medication, we urge you to visit the below links for professional help and advice:
- Diphenhydramine, Levomenthol
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