COFSED LINCTUS

Active substance: PHOLCODINE

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Cofsed Linctus

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(pholcodine, chlorphenamine maleate,
ephedrine hydrochloride)
Important information about Cofsed Linctus
•  his medicine relieves coughs and
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congestion.
• t can be used by adults and children over 12
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years.
Do not take….
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• f allergic to any of the ingredients. See
section 6.
•  ith other cough, cold or decongestant
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medicines.
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•  r give to children under 1­­ years.
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you
use this medicine. It includes other
information which might be especially
important for you.
•  eep this leaflet. You may need to read it
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again.
•  sk your pharmacist if you need any more
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information or advice.
• f any of the side effects gets serious, or if
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you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. What the medicine is for

Cofsed Linctus is an oral solution containing
pholcodine which reduces the desire to cough.
It also contains ephedrine hydrochloride, a
decongestant and chlorphenamine maleate
which relieves nasal congestion caused by
allergies. The medicine relieves dry or painful
coughs in adults and children over 12 years of
age and relieves congestion in the nose in colds
and hay fever.

2.  efore you use this
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medicine
 not use the medicine if you
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have….

•  n allergy to any of the ingredients listed in
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section 6.
•  aken medicine for depression (monoamine
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oxidase inhibitors/MAOIs within the last two
weeks.
•  aken other cough, cold or decongestant
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medicines.
•  pilepsy.
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•  n overactive thyroid gland.
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•  laucoma (raised pressure inside the eyeball).
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•  iver disease.
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•  evere kidney problems.
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•  rostate trouble.
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•  rouble passing urine.
•  blockage from the stomach to the small
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intestine.
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•  eart or circulation problems, including high
blood pressure, or are taking medicines to
lower your blood pressure e.g. beta blockers.
•  reathing problems or shortage of breath
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including chronic bronchitis.
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•  haeochromocytoma (a rare tumour of the
adrenal gland).
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•  r are under 12 years.

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Talk to your doctor if you have….

•  sthma • Kidney problems •  iabetes.
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•  cough for a long time or a cough which
produces lots of phlegm.
•  r you are elderly.
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 alk to your doctor or pharmacist if
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you are taking….

•  iuretics, which help remove fluid from the
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body, e.g. furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide.
•  edicines used to treat sleeplessness,
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anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
•  edicines or supplements to reduce your
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appetite or make you more alert.
•  lcohol.
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•  ain killers, e.g. morphine.
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•  opinavir (used to treat HIV).
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•  henytoin (for epilepsy).
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•  uscle relaxing drugs, e.g. atropine, used for
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irritable bowel syndrome.
•  istamine (for some types of cancer).
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•  etahistine (for vertigo).
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•  affeine.
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•  heophylline (for asthma or bronchitis).
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•  edicines for irregular heartbeat e.g. digoxin.
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•  rgotamine or methysergide for migraine.
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•  xytocin, used to induce labour.
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•  examethasone, a steroid used e.g. for
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arthritis.
•  edicines for Parkinson’s Disease
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e.g. rasagiline, selegiline, levodopa,
bromocriptine.
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•  urazolidone, an antibiotic.
•  r are having surgery, as muscle relaxants
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used may react with this medicine.
•  r are having skin tests for allergies, as this
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medicine may interfere with the results.





Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Ask your doctor for advice before using
this medicine if you are pregnant, might be
pregnant or are breastfeeding. Cofsed Linctus
should not be used in pregnancy unless the
doctor has told you to do so.

Driving and using machines….

3. How to use this medicine
Take this medicine by mouth.

Adults and children over 12 years
Two 5ml spoonfuls (10ml) three times a day.
No more than 3 doses should be given in any
24 hours.

This medicine may cause drowsiness or other
side effects which could affect your ability to
drive or use machinery (see section 4 for a full
list of side effects). You should not drive or
operate machinery until the effects have worn off.
 

Children under 12 years

•  his medicine contains small amounts of
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ethanol (alcohol), less than 100mg per 10ml
dose.
• t also contains sucrose and invert sugar. If
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you have been told by your doctor that you
have an intolerance to some sugars, contact
your doctor before taking this medicine.
• t contains 7.8g of sucrose and 0.17g invert
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sugar per 10ml dose. This should be taken
into account in people with diabetes.
• t contains parahydroxybenzoates which may
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cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed),
and exceptionally, bronchospasm.

If you take too much

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mportant information about some
of the ingredients

Do not give to children under 12 unless your
doctor tells you to.
DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE.
If symptoms persist you should ask your
doctor for advice.
If you accidentally take too much, see a doctor
straight away. Take the pack with you to show
which medicine you have swallowed.
If you forget a dose
Take the next dose as soon as you remember.
Do not take a double dose. You can then carry
on with the normal dose.

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4. Possible side effects

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Like all medicines, Cofsed Linctus can have
side effects, although these don’t affect
everyone.
Important side effects:
If you think you have any of the following side
effects or symptoms, stop using this medicine
immediately and see a doctor as soon as
possible.
•  llergic reactions which may cause difficulty
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in breathing, fever, swelling of the mouth, lips
or skin, severe rashes, itching or stomach pain.
Other possible side effects are:
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•  eeling drowsy or dizzy.
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•  eeling sick or being sick.
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•  bdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation.
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•  ltered taste and smell.
•  eadache.
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•  lurred vision, dilation of the pupils, raised
pressure inside the eye (glaucoma).
•  inging in the ears (tinnitus).
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•  norexia.
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•  kin rashes.
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• ncreased sensitivity to sunlight.
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•  ry mouth or increased amounts of saliva.
•  hicker phlegm, or difficulty coughing up
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phlegm.
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•  eeling short of breath.
•  weating.
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•  airs standing on end (Goose bumps).
•  old hands and feet.
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•  uscle trembling, feeling weak, “pins and
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needles” or face twitching.
•  roblems controlling movement.
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•  its.
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•  eeling anxious, restless, irritable, excited or
confused.
•  eeling fearful, depressed or seeing things.
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• nsomnia (unable to sleep) or disturbed sleep.
•  wareness of the heartbeat, irregular or fast
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heartbeat.
•  igh or low blood pressure.
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•  igh blood sugar.
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•  lood problems (e.g. anaemia, unexplained
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bleeding or bruising).
•  iver problems.
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•  roblems passing urine.
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If you notice these or any other side effect not
included above, stop use and tell your doctor or
pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.

What the medicine looks like

Cofsed Linctus is a clear, yellow liquid which
smells of aniseed.
It is supplied in 100ml bottles.

Marketing authorisation holder and
manufacturer
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
HD7 5QH, UK.

This leaflet was revised in November 2012
Cofsed is a trade mark of Thornton & Ross Ltd.

5. Storing this medicine

•  eep it out of the reach and sight of children.
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•  rotect from light.
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•  o not use after the expiry date shown on the
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
•  edicine should not be disposed of via
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wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of any unused
medicine. These measures will help to protect
the environment.



6. Further information
What is in this medicine

The active ingredients per 5ml are:
pholcodine 5mg, ephedrine hydrochloride 8mg,
chlorphenamine maleate 2mg.
The other ingredients are: ethanol,
glycerol (E422), invert sugar, menthol, methyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E218), ethyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E214), propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216), aniseed flavour,
quinoline yellow (E104), sucrose and purified
water.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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