BENYLIN DRY COUGHS (ORIGINAL)

Active substance: DIPHENHYDRAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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2 Before taking this
medicine

Dry Coughs Original
diphenhydramine, dextromethorphan,
levomenthol
This medicine is used to help relieve dry, irritating
coughs.
■ This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.
■ Do not take this medicine:
■ There are some people who should not use this
medicine. To find out if you are one of them see
section 2 c
■ If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the
ingredients. For the list of ingredients see section 6 c
■ Speak to your doctor:
■ If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned
in section 2. See section 2 c
■ If you are taking any other medicines. See section 2 c
■ Follow the dosage instructions carefully. These
are shown in the table. See section 3 c


Now read this whole leaflet carefully before you use
this medicine. Keep the leaflet: you might need it again.

1 What the medicine is for
Benylin Dry Coughs Original is a medicine which is
used to help relieve dry, irritating coughs. The liquid
contains diphenhydramine hydrochloride which is
an antihistamine that helps relieve coughing and dry
secretions in the nose and chest, dextromethorphan
hydrobromide which is an antitussive to help stop
coughing and levomenthol which helps you breathe
more easily by relieving congestion.
The medicine is for use in adults and children aged
12 years and over.

This medicine is suitable for most people but a few people
should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use this medicine…
If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of
the ingredients.
■ If you suffer from lung disease.
■ If you have prostate problems. (Difficulty with
passing water or needing to pass water often).
■ If you have narrow-angle glaucoma (increased
pressure in the eye).
■ If you are taking, or have taken in the last
two weeks, drugs for depression known as
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs).
■ For children under 12 years old.
If any of these apply to you, get advice from a
doctor or pharmacist without using Benylin Dry
Coughs Original.


Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
If you suffer from liver or kidney problems.
If you are taking alcohol.
■ If you have been told by your doctor that you
have an intolerance to some sugars.
■ If you are taking any other medicines,
including:
■ anticholinergic drugs e.g.
■ antihistamines (drugs used to treat allergies).
■ antidepressants (drugs to treat mood disorders).
■ atropine (used to treat some eye conditions
and occasionally bowel conditions).
■ minor tranquillisers (drugs used to relax muscles
or decrease anxiety).
■ barbiturates (a kind of sleeping tablet).
If you are not sure about any of the medicines you are
taking, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist.
If any of the bullet points apply to you now or in the
past, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.



If you are pregnant or breastfeeding


Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking this medicine if you are
pregnant or breast-feeding.

Special warnings about this
medicine


This medicine may cause drowsiness. If
affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Avoid alcoholic drink.

Some of the ingredients can cause
problems
This medicine contains sodium benzoate,
which can irritate the skin, eyes and mucous
membranes.
■ This medicine contains sucrose and liquid
glucose. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars contact your doctor before taking this
medicinal product. Contains 3.5 g glucose
per 5 ml. Contains 1 g sucrose per 5 ml. This
should be taken into account in patients with
diabetes mellitus.
■ This medicinal product contains 5 vol %
ethanol (alcohol), i.e. up to 200 mg per 5 ml,
equivalent to 5 ml beer, 2 ml wine per 5 ml.
This can be harmful for those suffering from
alcoholism. The ethanol content should be
taken into account in pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and high-risk groups
such as patients with liver disease or epilepsy.
■ Ponceau 4R (E124) may cause allergic reactions.
■ This medicinal product contains 16.7 mg
sodium per 5 ml. To be taken in consideration
by patients on a controlled sodium diet.


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3 How to take this medicine
Check the table that follows to see how
much medicine to take.



For oral use only.
Do not take more than the stated dose shown.

Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 years old.

Adults and children aged 12 years
and over
Age

Dose

Adults and children Take two 5 ml spoonfuls
four times a day.
aged 12 years and
over
■ Do not take more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
■ If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist.

If anyone has too much
If anyone has too much contact a doctor or your
nearest Accident and Emergency Department
(Casualty) taking this leaflet and pack with you.

If you forget to take the medicine
If you forget to take a dose, take the next dose
when needed. Do not take a double dose.

4 Possible side-effects
Benylin Dry Coughs Original can have side-effects,
like all medicines, although these don't affect
everyone and are usually mild.

Mild effects which may occur include:
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision.
■ Dry mouth, nose and throat.
■ Upset stomach.
■ Vomiting.
■ Nausea.
■ Problems with passing water.


If you experience any side-effects not included in this
leaflet or are not sure about anything, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.

What the medicine looks like
Benylin Dry Coughs Original is a clear red syrup,
available in 150 ml glass bottles.
Product Licence holder: McNeil Products Ltd,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK.
Manufacturer: Famar Orléans, 5 avenue de Concyr,
45071 Orleans, Cedex 2, France.
This leaflet was revised January 2010.
Benylin is a registered trade mark.

5 Storing this medicine
Do not store this product above 30ºC.
Store in the original container.
Keep the product out of the reach and sight of
children.
Do not use your medicine after the date shown as an
expiry date on the packaging.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.

6 Further information
What's in this medicine?
The active ingredients in 5 ml of Benylin Dry
Coughs Original are: 14 mg Diphenhydramine
hydrochloride, 6.5 mg Dextromethorphan
hydrobromide and 2 mg Levomenthol.
Other ingredients are: Liquid glucose, sucrose, ethanol,
glycerol, sodium citrate, saccharin sodium, citric acid
monohydrate, sodium benzoate (E211), caramel (E150),
raspberry flavour, carbomer, Ponceau 4R (E124) and
water.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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