What is Benylin Four Flu?
Benylin Four Flu is tablets that help to clear the symptoms associated with the flu virus. The main symptoms are fever, body pains, a cough, and congestion. Not everyone with the flu will experience all symptoms but having a comprehensive treatment is better just to be safe. These tablets contain three active ingredients that work in different ways:
- Diphenhydramine – This is an antihistamine which relieves coughing, sneezing, as well as a blocked or a runny nose. Diphenhydramine is also found in treatments for hay fever and other allergies.
- Paracetamol – A common painkiller that is found in many different types of treatment for pains and aches. As well as reducing pain, paracetamol can also provide aid when it comes to reducing a fever.
- Pseudoephedrine – This is a decongestant, a type of drug that works to reduce the blocking in the nose. It works by thinning the blood vessels that have become enlarged because of the flu virus.
What is the difference between symptoms of flu and the symptoms of a cold?
The actual symptoms of the flu and a cold are very similar, as they are both infections that are spread through germs or in the air. The difference between the two is down to the severity of the symptoms. A cold is milder when it comes to symptoms and they appear more gradually. This means that treatment can work to prevent the cold on becoming its potential worst. This is not the case with the flu, as that can appear much quicker, within a few hours of coming into contact with the virus.
Who are these Benylin Tablets suitable for?
These Benylin tablets are suitable to be used by adults and children aged 10 and over. Anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients contained in the tablets should not use them. Do not use these tablets if any of the following applies to you:
- You are taking paracetamol already, or any other medication
- If you have heart disease or high blood pressure
- If you have diabetes
- Have an overactive thyroid
- Are taking antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Suffer from or have had closed-angle glaucoma in the past
- Taking beta-blockers, a treatment for high blood pressure
- Have severe kidney problems
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use these Benylin tablets?
Anyone who is either pregnant or breastfeeding should speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using.
How should Benylin Four Flu Tablets be used?
For children aged between 10-15, it is recommended that one tablet is taken up to four times a day, leaving at least four hours between doses. For children aged 16 and over, and adults, increase the dose from one tablet to two tablets when taking. Do not give to children under the age of 16 for more than five days at a time. If you use and problems persist, stop using and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist.
Are there any side effects?
There is some potential side, like with many types of medication. These include:
- Skin rashes and itching
- More fatigue and tiredness
- Increased or irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- A headache
- Blurred vision
If you notice any side effect, including any that are not listed, then 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 Four Flu, 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 Four Flu 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.
Helpful Advice on Medication Restrictions & Addiction
For further information on our medication restrictions policy, please click here.
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, Paracetamol, Pseudoephedrine
What are the best cold and flu medicines for me?
When you feel the effects of the common cold or flu, which you will as there’s no cure and it is contagious, you will be looking for relief from the symptoms. These include a blocked or a runny nose, a sore throat, sneezing, a headache, a raised temperature, or a cough. The good news is, there is a wide range of treatments out there that will help provide relief for these symptoms and help you get over the cold or flu.
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