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BENYLIN CHILDRENS CHESTY COUGHS
Active substance(s): GUAIFENESIN
2 Before giving this
medicine to your child
3 How to use
This medicine is suitable for most children but a few
children should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist.
Check the table below to see how
much medicine to take.
Do not use this medicine…
If your child has ever had a bad reaction to
this product or any of the ingredients.
■ If your child is taking any other cough and
■ If your child is under 6 years old.
If any of these apply, get advice from a doctor or
pharmacist without using CalCough Six Plus.
This medicine is used to help relieve children’s
■ This medicine is for use by children aged 6 - 12 years.
■ Do not use this medicine:
■ There are some people who should not take this
medicine. To find out if your child is one of them see
section 2 c
■ If your child has ever had a bad reaction to this
product or any of the ingredients. See section 6 c
■ Speak to your doctor:
■ If your child suffers from any of the conditions
mentioned in section 2. See section 2 c
■ If your child is taking any other medicines. See
section 2 c
■ Follow the dosage instructions carefully. Some
children should not take this product. Follow the
instructions shown in the table carefully. 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
CalCough Six Plus is a medicine which is used to help
relieve chesty coughs in children. It contains guaifenesin
(an expectorant) to help loosen mucus (phlegm) from
the lungs and make it easier to cough up.
The medicine is for use in children aged 6 - 12 years.
There is a single-ended spoon in this pack.
Children under 6 years old
This medicine is not recommended for children
under 6 years old.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
If your child suffers from liver or kidney
■ If your child has a persistent cough such as
occurs with asthma, has asthma, is suffering
from an asthma attack or a cough that
produces a lot of mucus (phlegm).
If any of these apply now or in the past, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
Children 6 - 12 years
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
The following advice is included in case an older
child or adult is taking the medicine.
■ If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use
this medicine on the advice of your doctor.
Some of the ingredients can cause
This medicine contains sorbitol liquid. This
should be taken into account in patients with
■ This medicinal product contains 14.88 mg
sodium per 5 ml. To be taken into consideration
by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
For oral use only.
Do not give more than the stated dose shown
6 – 12 years
Two 5 ml spoonfuls four
times a day.
Do not give more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
If symptoms persist or worsen, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
■ Do not give to a child under 12 years of age for
more than 5 days without consulting your doctor.
■ If your child's cough comes back or is
accompanied by a high temperature, rash or a
headache that does not go away, stop using this
medicine and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If anyone has taken too much
If anyone has taken too much, contact a doctor
or your nearest Accident and Emergency
department (Casualty), taking this leaflet and
pack with you.
If you forget to give the medicine
You should only give this medicine as required
following the dosage instructions above
carefully. If you forget to give a dose, give
the next dose when needed. Do not give a
turn over c
4 Possible side-effects
6 Further information
CalCough Six Plus can have side-effects, like all
medicines, although these don’t affect everyone and
are usually mild.
If you experience any of the following stop using
the medicine and seek immediate help:
■ Allergic reactions including skin rashes (which may
be severe and include blistering and peeling of the
skin) and itching.
Other effects that may occur include:
■ Sickness and nausea
If you experience any side-effects or are not sure
about anything, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
What’s in this medicine?
5 Storing this medicine
Do not store this product above 25ºC.
Store in the original package.
Keep the product out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the end of the month 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.
The active ingredient in 5 ml of CalCough Six
Plus is: 50 mg Guaifenesin.
Other ingredients are: Glycerol, sorbitol liquid
(E420), carmellose sodium, sodium citrate, sodium
saccharin, sodium benzoate (E211), citric acid
monohydrate, strawberry flavour and water.
What the medicine looks like
CalCough Six Plus is a clear colourless syrup, available
in 125 ml glass bottles.
Marketing Authorisation holder: McNeil Products
Ltd, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK.
Manufacturer: Famar Orleans, 5 avenue de Concyr,
45071 Orleans, Cedex 2, France.
This leaflet was revised December 2009.
CalCough is a registered trade mark.
7 Information about
treating cough and
cold in children
It's normal for children to get 8 or more colds in a
year. Gradually they build up immunity and get fewer
colds. Most colds get better within a few days and
you may not need to do more than keep your child
comfortable until they get over it. Because colds are
caused by viruses, not bacteria, antibiotics don't help.
Here are simple steps to help your child who has a
cough or cold.
■ If they are hot/feverish: Increase the amount
of fluid your child normally drinks. Lower their
temperature with a paracetamol or ibuprofen
medicine which has doses for children.
(Paracetamol is not for children under 2 months.
Ibuprofen is not for children under 3 months.)
For coughs: Although it is distressing to hear your
child cough, in fact coughing serves a purpose. It
helps clear phlegm on the chest and mucus from
the nose. Give the child plenty of warm clear fluids
To help with breathing: Plain saline nose drops,
available from your pharmacy, can help babies with
blocked noses who are having trouble feeding.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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