BENYLIN DRY COUGHS NIGHT SYRUP
Active substance(s): DEXTROMETHORPHAN HYDROBROMIDE / DIPHENHYDRAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Dry Coughs NIGHT Syrup
This medicine is used to help provide night time relief
of dry, irritating coughs and aid a restful sleep.
Q This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.
Q Do not take this medicine:
Q There are some people who should not use this
medicine. To find out if you are one of them see
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 for
Benylin Dry Coughs NIGHT Syrup is a medicine
which is used to help provide night time relief of dry,
irritating coughs and aid a restful sleep. The liquid
contains diphenhydramine hydrochloride which is
an antihistamine that helps relieve coughing and dry
secretions in the nose and chest, dextromethorphan
hydrobromide which is an antitussive to help stop
coughing 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.
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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.
Do not use this medicine…
If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of
Q If you suffer from lung disease.
Q If you have prostate problems. (Difficulty with
passing water or needing to pass water often).
Q If you have narrow-angle glaucoma (increased
pressure in the eye).
Q If you are taking, or have taken in the last
two weeks, drugs for depression known as
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs).
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
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).
Q Opioids (methadone).
If you are not sure about any of the medicines you are
taking, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist.
If any of the bullet points apply to you now or in the
past, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
Driving and using machines
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
If you suffer from liver or kidney problems.
If you are taking alcohol.
Q If you have been told by your doctor that you
have an intolerance to some sugars.
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 anticholinergic drugs e.g.
Q antihistamines (drugs used to treat allergies).
Q antidepressants (drugs to treat mood disorders).
Q atropine (used to treat some eye conditions
and occasionally bowel conditions).
Q minor tranquillisers (drugs used to relax muscles
or decrease anxiety).
Q barbiturates (a kind of sleeping tablet).
Q Certain drugs for depression such as selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which
includes fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline and
also norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor
(NDRI), which include bupropion.
Q Antipsychotics (drugs used to treat mood
disorders such as haloperidol, thioridazine,
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine if you are pregnant or
This medicine may cause drowsiness. If affected,
do not operate machinery. Avoid alcoholic drink.
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.
Some of the ingredients can cause
This medicine contains sodium benzoate,
which can irritate the skin, eyes and mucous
Q 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.
Contains 1 g sucrose per 5 ml. This should be
taken into account in patients with diabetes
This medicinal product contains 5 vol % ethanol
(alcohol), i.e. up to 200 mg per 5 ml, equivalent
to 5 ml beer, 2 ml wine per 5 ml. This can be
harmful for those suffering from alcoholism. The
ethanol content should be taken into account in
pregnant or breast-feeding women, children and
high-risk groups such as patients with liver disease
Q Ponceau 4R (E124) may cause allergic reactions.
Q This medicinal product contains 16.7 mg sodium
per 5 ml. To be taken in consideration by
patients on a controlled sodium diet.
3 How to take this medicine
Check the table that follows to see how
much medicine to take.
For oral use only.
Q Do not take more than the stated dose shown.
Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 years old.
Adults and children aged 12 years and
Adults and children Take two 5 ml spoonfuls at
aged 12 years and bedtime followed by two 5 ml
spoonfuls every 6 hours or
two 5 ml spoonfuls four times
Do not take more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor or
If you take more than you should
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
If you forget to take a dose, take the next dose
when needed. Do not take a double dose.
4 Possible side-effects
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.
Mild effects which may occur include:
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision.
Dry mouth, nose and throat.
Q Upset stomach.
Q Problems with passing water.
If you experience 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 in
the UK directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.
6 Further information
What's in this medicine?
The active ingredients in 5 ml of Benylin Dry
Coughs NIGHT Syrup are: 14 mg Diphenhydramine
hydrochloride, 6.5 mg Dextromethorphan
hydrobromide and 2 mg Levomenthol.
Other ingredients are: Liquid glucose, sucrose, ethanol,
glycerol, sodium citrate, saccharin sodium, citric acid
monohydrate, sodium benzoate (E211), caramel (E150),
raspberry flavour, carbomer, Ponceau 4R (E124) and water.
What the medicine looks like
Benylin Dry Coughs NIGHT Syrup is a clear red syrup,
available in 150 ml glass bottles.
Marketing Authorisation 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.
By reporting side-effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
The following details are applicable for Malta:
5 Storing this medicine
Do not store this product above 30ºC.
Store in the original container.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
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.
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DRY COUGHS NIGHT
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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