When a cold or the flu has you feeling under the weather, there’s nothing more comforting than a nice hot drink - and if that drink can help relieve your symptoms then it’s even better!
This is why we love Lemsip, with its range of delicious hot drinks that can treat your cold and flu symptoms while helping you to feel cosy and comforted.
If hot drinks just aren’t for you, you can try Lemsip capsules, perfect for taking when you’re on the go and need to keep the headaches and sneezes under control.
If it’s a cough that’s driving you crazy, why not try Lemsip cough syrup for chesty or dry coughs?
No matter what cold and flu symptoms are getting you down, Lemsip is there for you.
Lemsip products use a range of active ingredients which can help to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Paracetamol and phenylephrine appear in most Lemsip products, while guaifenesin is included in Lemsip Max All-In-One.
If you’re ever unsure about which ingredients are included in each Lemsip product you should check out the individual product page or the information leaflet included with your medication to find out.
Here’s a little bit about Lemsip’s most common active ingredients and what they can do for you:
Lemsip Cold and Flu and Lemsip Max hot drinks usually won’t make you feel drowsy, so they’re perfect when you’ve got a busy day planned and are battling cold symptoms.
If you’re concerned about driving, then you should note that Lemsip Max All-In-One, Cough Max, and Max Day & Night formulas have side effects which can affect your ability to drive, including mental confusion.
If you feel sleepy or experience symptoms which could affect your concentration after taking any Lemsip products, you shouldn’t attempt to drive until the effects have completely passed and you’re feeling back to normal again.
Lemsip products are not suitable for young children.
Lemsip Max All-In-One products can usually be taken by children aged 12 and up, Lemsip Cold & Flu and Lemsip Max products are usually suitable for adolescents aged 16 and up.
If your child is suffering from a cold or the flu you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist and ask them to recommend a suitable treatment.
They may recommend giving your child paracetamol, which is an active ingredient in Lemsip, to help ease their pain and bring down a fever, but make sure to check age requirements on any medication you’re giving to your child and ask for medical advice if necessary.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication, including breastfeeding.
Lemsip Cold & Flu and Lemsip Max may still be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, but they are not suitable for those with a history of pre-eclampsia.
The Lemsip Max All-In-One range is not suitable for use during your pregnancy or while breastfeeding, so be sure to check which Lemsip product you’re looking to take very carefully.
If you’re ever unsure, check the patient information leaflet included with your product or speak to a medical professional and ask for their advice.
Lemsip hot drinks are available in a range of delicious flavours including:
You can add sugar or a sweetener to your Lemsip drink to add to the flavour.
They’re particularly yummy when you stir in a little honey, and as honey is a popular home remedy for cold and flu symptoms, it could be the perfect companion to your Lemsip.
Lemsip products can have side effects, just like any other medication you might need to take.
These include side effects caused by an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the product itself.
You’ll be able to find the complete list of potential side effects for each Lemsip treatment in the patient information leaflet included in the box.
To make things easier, we’ve also linked to an online version of these leaflets on each individual product page, so you can check them out for yourself before you choose which remedy is right for you.
If you do experience any side effects while taking Lemsip you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as you can, or seek immediate medical assistance if your symptoms are severe.
We recommend avoiding large amounts of alcohol when you’re taking most medications after all if you’re under the weather alcohol usually won’t help things.
If you’re planning on drinking alcohol and also need to take Lemsip, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist and ask them for advice and see whether this treatment is right for you.
Lemsip products are not currently listed as vegan friendly, so if you are vegan or vegetarian you should consider whether these products will be right for you.
You should check the ingredients lists on each product, as this could help you to decide whether or not you want to take Lemsip.
For more information about how to identify vegan medications, click the button below to read our guide.
Hay fever and colds can feel very similar, and they share lots of symptoms.
This is why some people don’t know whether they’re suffering from hay fever or a cold when hay fever season rolls around.
However, there are a few differences between the two, so let’s take a look at the symptoms of each condition and see where those differences lie.
A cough is a reflex action when your airway is blocked by mucus or irritants.
Coughing to clear the throat of mucus or irritants is an uncommon action, though conditions can make it a more common occurrence.
Coughs typically improve after around 2 weeks, though they can last much longer.
The best treatment for treating a cough is dependent on the type of cough that you have. If you have a dry or tickly cough then the medication that you should use will be different than the one you should use for a chesty or mucus cough. For more information on the best types of cough medicine to use, check out our guide in the link below.
There are two common types of cough, a dry, tickly cough and a chesty, mucus cough, and they’re pretty easy to tell apart.
If you have a dry cough you won’t produce any mucus or phlegm when you cough.
On the other hand, if you have a chesty cough you’ll bring up phlegm when you have a good coughing session.
Different types of cough need different types of cough medicine, which is why there are so many available.