What is Pholcodine Linctus?
Pholcodine Linctus is a cough medicine that’s designed to ease dry, tickly coughs. It helps to reduce the urge to cough, keeping that irritating, automatic cough at bay. This product is perfect for those over the age of 12 who are suffering with a dry cough caused by allergies, a cold, the flu, and more.
How will Pholcodine Linctus treat my dry cough?
Pholcodine Linctus works to ease your dry cough by working on your central nervous system, directly affecting the cough centre in your brain. It supresses the urge you have to cough, helping to reduce your cough and giving your irritated throat some room to heal.
What is a dry cough?
A dry cough, which is also called a tickly cough, is a type of cough that doesn’t bring up and mucus or phlegm. Dry coughs are often caused by irritation in your throat, which creates that tickly, annoying feeling that triggers your cough. There are lots of reasons why you may get a dry cough, with some of the most common including:
- Cold and flu
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- Allergies, e.g. hay fever
- Sore throat
Is pholcodine any different to codeine?
As pholcodine and codeine have similar names and are both used in dry cough medicines, it’s natural that you’d get them confused! One of the main differences is that pholcodine is much less likely to cause addiction than codeine, making it a more popular cough remedy for some patients. Another important difference is that codeine can be used to ease pain, whereas pholcodine should only be used to ease coughs.
Can I use this medicine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking pholcodine linctus. Regularly taking pholcodine at this time can affect your baby, so you should avoid using this product if possible and should follow the instructions of your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
Can I use this product if I’m taking any other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. This especially applies if you are taking:
- MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), which are used to treat depression. Do not take pholcodine within 14 days of stopping MAOIs
- Antihypertensives, which are used to reduce blood pressure
- Water tablets, also known as diuretics
- Medications used to treat mood disorders, e.g. phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants
- CNS depressants, e.g. hypnotics (sleeping pills), tranquilisers, opioid pain killers (e.g. morphine, codeine, tramadol)
- Neuromuscular blocking agents, which are anaesthetics used during surgery
- Any other cough or cold medications
Can I drive after taking this cough medicine?
Pholcodine linctus can make you feel drowsy after you’ve taken it. If this applies to you, do not attempt to drive or use tools or machinery until you are absolutely certain that you are safe to do so. If you’re taking this product for the first time, don’t drive until you have waited to see how this medicine affects you.
Can I drink alcohol while I’m taking this product?
You should not drink alcohol while you’re taking pholcodine linctus, as this can make drowsiness worse.
What is the recommended dose of this cough medicine?
The amount of Pholcodine Linctus you should take every day will differ depending on your age:
- Adults and children over 12: Take 10ml up to 6 times a day
- Children aged 6 – 12: Take 5ml up to 4 times a day. Do not use for more than 5 days unless advised to do so by your doctor
- Elderly or weak patients: You may need to take a reduced dose. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice
Why do I need to answer questions before I can buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for pholcodine linctus, 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 this product is the best choice for you.
When should this medicine not be used?
Pholcodine Linctus is not suitable for use in children under the age of 6. Do not take this product if you are allergic to pholcodine or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you have:
- Liver disease
- Breathing problems, chronic bronchitis, COPD, an obstruction in your lungs
- Taken or been given any other cough or cold medicine
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have:
- Kidney problems
- A cough which has lasted for longer than 3 weeks
- A cough with an excessive amount of mucus or other secretions
- Ever had a problem with drug abuse
- Are elderly
- Are treating a child
Does Pholcodine Linctus have any side effects?
Like all medications, Pholcodine Linctus can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, you may be having a severe allergic reaction and should stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
- Skin rashes
- Swollen face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Difficulty breathing, wheezing
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Inflammation of the blood vessels
Other side effects of this medicine include:
- Stomach problems, e.g. nausea, vomiting, constipation
- Drowsiness, dizziness
- Skin reactions, e.g. rashes
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Difficulty coughing up mucus or saliva
- Feelings of excitement or confusion
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place that is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
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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The active substance is Pholcodine BP 5 mg/5 ml.
The other ingredients are citric acid monohydrate, saccharin sodium, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate (E211), carboxymethylcellulose, sunset yellow (E110), sorbitol (E420) and purified water
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