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BENYLIN CHESTY COUGHS (ORIGINAL)

Active substance(s): DIPHENHYDRAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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If you are pregnant or breast-feeding

2 Before taking this
medicine

Chesty Coughs
Original
diphenhydramine, levomenthol
This medicine is used to help relieve coughing and
related congestion symptoms.
■ This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.
■ Do not use 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 Chesty Coughs Original is a medicine which is
used to help relieve coughing and related congestion
symptoms. The liquid contains diphenhydramine which
is an antihistamine that helps relieve coughing and dry
secretions in the nose and chest 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.

Special warnings about this medicine


Do not use this medicine…
If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of
the ingredients.
■ If you have had a cough for a few weeks that
may be caused by asthma, or a cough which
brings up a lot of mucus (phlegm).
■ 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
Chesty Coughs Original.


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 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. 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 dose,
equivalent to 5 ml beer, 2 ml wine per 5 ml.
Harmful for those suffering from alcoholism.
To be taken into account in pregnant or
breast-feeding 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 16.61 mg
sodium per 5 ml. To be taken in
consideration by patients on a controlled
sodium diet.


Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
If you suffer from liver or kidney problems
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 alcohol.
■ If you have an intolerance to some sugars.
■ If you are taking any other medicines containing
codeine (sometimes used as a pain killer).
■ If you are taking any other medicines,
including:
■ anticholinergic drugs e.g.
■ antidepressants (drugs to treat mood
disorders).
■ atropine (used to treat some eye conditions
and occasionally bowel conditions).
■ antihistamines (drugs used to treat allergies).
■ 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 these bullet points apply to you now or in the
past, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

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




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.

turn over c

3 How to take this
medicine continued
Children under 12 years
Benylin Chesty Coughs Original is not
recommended for children under 12 years old.

Adults and children aged 12 years
and over
Age

Dose

Adults and
children aged 12
years and over

Take two 5 ml spoonfuls
four times a day.

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
You should only take this medicine as required
following the dosage instructions above carefully.
If you forget to take a dose, take the next dose
when needed. Do not take a double dose.

4 Possible side-effects

5 Storing this medicine

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

Do not store above 25ºC.
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.

If you experience any of the following,
stop using the medicine and seek
immediate help:
Swelling of the face, lips and/or tongue.
Allergic reactions including skin rashes (which
may be severe and include blistering or peeling
of the skin) and itching.
■ Fits or numbness (parasthesia).




If you experience any of the following,
stop using the medicine and talk to your
doctor:
Increased awareness of heart beat
(palpitations).
■ Shakiness (tremor).
■ Difficulty passing water.


Other effects which may occur include:
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision.
Dry mouth, nose and throat.
■ Upset stomach.



6 Further information
What’s in this medicine?
The active ingredients in 5 ml of Benylin
Chesty Coughs Original are:
14 mg Diphenhydramine hydrochloride and
2 mg Levomenthol.
Other ingredients are: Liquid glucose, sucrose,
ethanol, glycerol, sodium citrate, saccharin sodium,
citric acid monohydrate, sodium benzoate (E211),
ammonium chloride, caramel T12 (E150), raspberry
flavour, carbomer, Ponceau 4R (E124) and 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 Chesty Coughs Original is a clear red syrup,
available in 150 ml and 300 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.

F307790
10/0040

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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