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CODEINE LINCTUS B.P.

Active substance(s): CODEINE PHOSPHATE

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Codeine Linctus BP
Codeine Phosphate
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SUGAR FREE
TARTRAZINE FREE

Helps to stop a
non-productive cough

200 ml
New advice for drivers See leaflet inside

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PACKAGE INFORMATION LEAFLET
CODEINE LINCTUS BP
Codeine Phosphate 15 mg/5 ml
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as desribed in this leaflet or as your
doctor or pharmacist has told you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
- Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effect not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
- You must talk to your doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel
worse.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Codeine Linctus is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Codeine Linctus





Sorbitol solution (E420): If you have been told by your doctor
that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product
Sunset yellow (E110): which may cause allergic reactions
Ethanol: This medicinal product contains small amounts of
ethanol (alcohol), less than 100 mg per dose.

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HOW TO TAKE CODEINE LINCTUS
Always take the product exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Only to be taken by mouth.
The recommended dose is:

How to take Codeine Linctus
Possible side effects
How to store Codeine Linctus
Contents of the pack and other information

1. WHAT CODEINE LINCTUS IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Codeine Linctus is a medicine which helps you to stop coughing,
especially if you have a non-productive cough. It is related to morphine
and acts to stop your automatic cough response.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE
CODEINE LINCTUS
Do not take Codeine Linctus if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to Codeine or any of the other
ingredients listed (see Section 6 and end of Section 2)
• have liver disease
• have breathing problems (i.e. ventilatory failure)
• know that you metabolise very rapidly codeine into morphine
• are breast-feeding

Adults:
Elderly or weak
patients:

One to two 5 ml spoonfuls 3 – 4 times daily
Dosage should be reduced

Adolescents (12 to
18 years)
Children (under 12
years)

One to two 5 ml spoonfuls 3 – 4 times daily
Not for use in children under the age of
12 years

Do not exceed the stated dose
If you take more Codeine Linctus than you should
If you or someone else takes too much Codeine Linctus, you should
contact your doctor or pharmacist who will recommend what action
you should take.
If you forget to take Codeine Linctus
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember and take any
remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced times. Do not take a

Each 5 ml of the oral syrup contains 15mg
of the active Codeine Phosphate. Also
contains sorbitol (E420), sunset yellow
(E110) and sodium benzoate (E211). See
leaflet for further information. For oral use.
Adults: One to two 5 ml spoonfuls 3 – 4
times daily. Elderly: Dosage should be
reduced. Adolescents (12 to 18 years):
One to two 5 ml spoonfuls 3 - 4 times daily.
Children under 12 years:Not for use in
children under the age of 12 years. Keep
out of the sight and reach of children. DO
NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE. This
medicine can make you feel sleepy. Do not
drive while taking this medicine until you
know how it makes you feel. See leaflet for
further information. Read the package
leaflet before use. Do not store above 25˚C.
Store in the original container in order to
protect from light. PL Holder and
Manufacturer: Pinewood Laboratories Ltd.,
Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary,
Ireland PL 04917/0001 23LL04942PW P

• are under 12 years old
Adolescents older than 12 years of age
Codeine is not recommended in adolescents with compromised
respiratory function for the treatment of cough
Take special care with Codeine Linctus or talk to your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
• asthma
• liver or kidney problems
• an under active thyroid (i.e. hypothyroidism)
• a problem of drug abuse (now or in the past)
or are
• pregnant or breast-feeding
Take care if giving Codeine Linctus to the elderly. Supervision of these
patients is advisable.
Warnings and precautions
Codeine is transformed to morphine in the liver by an enzyme.
Morphine is the substance that produces the effects of codeine.

double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Codeine Linctus can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
STOP using Codeine Linctus and seek advice from your doctor if
you experience a rare allergic reaction, including skin rashes,
swollen face, lips, tongue, difficulty breathing, increased sensitivity
to light, inflammation of the blood vessels, fever or shock.
Side effects which may occur include:
• nausea, vomiting, constipation
• loss of appetite
• flushing of face
• slow or shallow breathing
• difficulty coughing up mucous or saliva (particularly in patients
with chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis)

CODEINE LINCTUS BP
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Some people have a variation of this enzyme and this can affect people
in different ways. In some people, morphine is not produced or
produced in very small quantities, and it will not have an effect on their
cough symptoms. Other people are more likely to get serious side
effects because a very high amount of morphine is produced. If you
notice any of the following side effects, you must stop taking this
medicine and seek immediate medical advice: slow or shallow
breathing, confusion, sleepiness, small pupils, feeling or being sick,
constipation, lack of appetite.
Other medicines and Codeine Linctus
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken, any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription and especially if you are taking any of the
following:
• anti-depressants known as monoamine–oxidase inhibitors
(MAOIs)
• CNS depressants (e.g. chlorpromazine)
• anticholinergics (e.g. oxybutynin)

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5.
HOW TO STORE CODEINE LINCTUS
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not
store above 25˚C. Keep in the original container in order to protect
from light. Do not use this product after the expiry date which is
stated on the bottle.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
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.

• hydroxyzine
• methadone
• levallorphan
• neuromuscular blocking agents (e.g. atracurium)
• metoclopramide
• mexiletine
• hypnotics (such as sleeping tablets) and sedatives
Codeine Linctus with food, drink and alcohol
You must not drink alcohol while taking this medicine as this may
increase drowsiness.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine during
pregnancy. Do not take codeine while you are breast-feeding. Codeine
and morphine passes into breast milk.
Driving and using machines
Codeine may cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery
until you know how the medicine will affect you.

6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Codeine Linctus contains
- The active ingredient is: Codeine Phosphate, 15 mg in each 5 ml
- The other ingredients are: sodium benzoate (E211), citric acid
monohydrate, saccharin sodium (E954), sunset yellow (E110),
sorbitol solution (E420), orange flavour, carboxymethylcellulose,
propylene glycol and purified water (see end of Section 2 for
further information)
What Codeine Linctus looks like and contents of the pack
Codeine Linctus is a clear yellow, lemon flavoured syrup available in
2000 ml and 1000 ml plastic bottles or in 100 ml, 125 ml and 200 ml
amber glass bottles. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Pinewood Laboratories Ltd., Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary,
Ireland.
PL 04917/0001
This leaflet was last updated in 02/2016

The medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you
sleepy or dizzy.
• Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know how it
affects you
• It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to
drive.
• However, you would not be committing an offence if:
o The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or dental
problem and
o You have taken it according to the instructions given by the
prescriber or in the information provided with the medicine
and
o It was not affecting your ability to drive safely
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is
safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Codeine
Linctus.
Codeine Linctus also contains:

Each 5 ml of the oral syrup contains 15mg
of the active Codeine Phosphate. Also

sorbitol (E420), sunset yellow
Codeine Linctus BP contains
(E110) and sodium benzoate (E211). See
for further information. For oral use.
Codeine Phosphate leaflet
Adults: One to two 5 ml spoonfuls 3 – 4

CODEINE
LINCTUS BP
SUGAR FREE
TARTRAZINE FREE

Helps to stop a
non-productive cough

200 ml

New advice for drivers See leaflet inside

times daily. Elderly: Dosage should be
reduced. Adolescents (12 to 18 years):
One to two 5 ml spoonfuls 3 - 4 times daily.
Children under 12 years:Not for use in
children under the age of 12 years. Keep
out of the sight and reach of children. DO
NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE. This
medicine can make you feel sleepy. Do not
drive while taking this medicine until you
know how it makes you feel. See leaflet for
further information. Read the package
leaflet before use. Do not store above 25˚C.
Store in the original container in order to
protect from light. PL Holder and
Manufacturer: Pinewood Laboratories Ltd.,
Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary,
Ireland PL 04917/0001 23LL04942PW P

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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