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BENYLIN DRY COUGHS 7.5MG/5ML SYRUP
Active substance(s): DEXTROMETHORPHAN HYDROBROMIDE
If you have ever had a bad reaction (e.g. rash,
swelling of the face and throat, difficulty
breathing) to dextromethorphan or any of the
Q If you suffer from lung disease.
Q If you are taking, or have taken in the last
two weeks, drugs for depression known as
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs).
Q If you are taking selective serotonin re-uptake
inhibitors (used to treat depression and anxiety
such as fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline).
Q 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
This medicine is used to help relieve dry, irritating
Q This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.
Q Do not use this medicine:
Q There are some people who should not use this medicine.
To find out if you are one of them see section 2
Q If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the
ingredients. For the list of ingredients see section 6
Q Speak to your doctor:
Q If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned
in section 2. See section 2
Q If you are taking any other medicines. See section 2
Q Follow the dosage instructions carefully. These are
shown in the table. See section 3
Now read this whole leaflet carefully before you use
this medicine. Keep the leaflet: you might need it again.
1 What the medicine is and
what it is used for
Benylin Dry Coughs 7.5mg/5ml Syrup is a medicine which
is used to help relieve dry, irritating coughs. The liquid
contains dextromethorphan hydrobromide which is an
antitussive to help stop persistent coughing.
The medicine is for use in adults and children aged
12 years and over.
2 What you need to know
before taking this medicine
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.
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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
If you suffer from liver or kidney problems.
If you have a persistent cough such as occurs
with asthma or produces a lot of mucus (phlegm).
Q If you have alcohol dependence.
Q If you have an intolerance to some sugars.
Q If you are taking any other cough and cold
Q If your child is susceptible to developing certain
allergic reactions (e.g. atopic reactions).
Q If you have a history of drug abuse.
Q If you have been told by your doctor that you
are a slow metabolizer of CYP2D6.
Q If you are taking any other medicines, including:
Q Certain drugs for depression such as
norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors
(NDRI), which include bupropion.
Q Antipsychotics (drugs used to treat mood
disorders such as haloperidol, thioridazine,
Q Anti-arrhythmic agents (drugs used to treat
irregular heart beats such as amiodarone,
propafenone, quinidine and flecainide).
Q Calcimimetic (drugs used to treat secondary
hyperparathyroidism, elevated parathyroid
hormone levels such as cinacalcet).
Q Anti fungals (terbinafine).
Antihistamines (drugs used to treat the
symptoms of allergic reactions).
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.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you
may be pregnant or planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
Some of the ingredients
can cause problems
This medicine contains sucrose, sorbitol 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 2.38 g
glucose per 5 ml. Contains 1.6 g sucrose. This
should be taken into account in patients with
Q This medicinal product contains 6 vol% ethanol
(alcohol), i.e. up to 240 mg per 5 ml, equivalent
to 6 ml beer, 2.5 ml wine per 5 ml. This can be
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.
Driving and using machines
This medicine can affect your ability to drive.
Do not drive whilst taking this medicine until you
know how this medicine affects you.
It may be an offence to drive when taking this
medicine if your ability to drive safely is affected.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure whether it is safe for you to drive while
taking this medicine.
There is further information for patients who are
intending to drive in the UK - go to https://www.
3 How to take
4 Possible side-effects
Check the table below to see how much
medicine to take.
If you experience any of the following stop
using the medicine and seek immediate
For oral use only.
Do not take more than the stated dose shown below.
Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 years old.
Adults and children aged 12 years 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.
Q If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor or
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.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side-effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or
throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing
If you experience any of the following
stop using the medicine and talk to your
Itching, rash, hives.
Other effects which may occur include:
5 How to store this
Do not store above 30ºC.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.
6 Contents of the pack
and other further
What’s in this medicine?
The active ingredient in 5 ml of Benylin
Dry Coughs 7.5mg/5ml Syrup is: 7.5 mg
Other ingredients are: Sorbitol solution, glycerol,
sucrose, liquid glucose, citric acid monohydrate, sodium
benzoate (E211), caramel, saccharin sodium, imitation
peach flavour, levomenthol, ethanol,
carbomer and purified water.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.
Q Upset stomach or stomach pain.
Q Difficulty sleeping or feeling restless or confused.
Q Shallow breathing.
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:
The following details are applicable for Malta:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
What the medicine looks like
Benylin Dry Coughs 7.5mg/5ml Syrup is a pale brown
coloured, peach flavoured syrup, available in 150 ml
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 December 2016.
Benylin is a registered trade mark.
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Dimensions: 160 x 210 mm
Minimum font size: 7.5 pts
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