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Sympathomimetic drugs (stimulants or
appetite suppressants and drugs used to
treat congestion and asthma).
■ Tricyclic antidepressants (used to treat
mood disorders).

2 Before taking this
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…
Guaifenesin & Pseudoephedrine
This medicine is used to relieve chesty coughs and
help clear the stuffy, blocked up feeling in your nose
and sinuses and reduce catarrh.
■ This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.
■ Do not take this medicine:
■ There are some people who should not take 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 Mucus Cough plus Decongestant Syrup is
a medicine which is used to relieve chesty coughs,
help clear the stuffy, blocked up feeling in your
nose and sinuses and reduce catarrh. The syrup
contains pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, which is a
decongestant that relieves nasal and sinus congestion
and guaifenesin, which is an expectorant that helps to
loosen the mucus in your throat and chest.
This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.

If you have ever had a bad reaction
(e.g. rash, swelling of face and throat, difficulty
breathing) to any of the ingredients.
■ If you have very high blood pressure or severe
heart disease.
■ If you are taking, or have taken in the last
two weeks, drugs for depression known as
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs).
■ If you have had a cough for a few weeks, or a
cough which brings up any blood or a lot of
mucus that may be caused by asthma or
■ If you have alcohol dependence.
■ If you are taking any other cough and cold
■ For a child under 12 years old.
If any of these apply to you, get advice from
a doctor or pharmacist without taking
Benylin Mucus Cough plus Decongestant Syrup.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist...
If you have liver or kidney problems.
If you have high blood pressure or heart disease.
■ If you have diabetes or have been diagnosed
with an intolerance to some sugars.
■ If you are taking alcohol.
■ If you have an overactive thyroid gland.
■ If you have glaucoma (increased pressure in the
■ If you have prostate problems (difficulty with
passing water or needing to pass water often).
■ If you are taking any other medicines, including:
■ Antihypertensives (drugs used to treat high
blood pressure such as guanethidine,
methyldopa, alpha and beta blockers,
debrisoquine, bretylium and betanidine).

If you are not sure about any of the medicines
you are taking, show the bottle or pack to your
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

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

Some of the ingredients can cause
Each 5 ml of this medicine contains 3 g of
sucrose. This may be harmful to your teeth.
This should be taken into account in patients
with diabetes mellitus. If you have been told
by your doctor that you have an intolerance
to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.
■ This medicine contains 5% v/v ethanol
(alcohol), which is up to 190 mg per 5 ml,
equal to 5 ml beer or 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 breastfeeding women, children and high-risk
groups such as patients with
liver disease or epilepsy.
■ Methyl hydroxybenzoate and propyl
hydroxybenzoate may cause allergic
reactions such as skin rash; this may happen
after a few days.
■ The colourings Ponceau 4R (E124) and
Sunset Yellow (E110) in this medicine may
cause allergic reactions.

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3 How to take this
Check the table that follows to see
how much medicine to take.
For oral use only.
■ Always shake the bottle thoroughly before use.
■ Do not use more than the stated dose shown
in the table.
■ Do not overfill the spoon.

There is a double-ended
spoon in the pack.

Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 years.

4 Possible side-effects

6 Further information

Benylin Mucus Cough plus Decongestant Syrup can
have side-effects, like all medicines, although these
don't affect everyone and are usually mild.

What’s in this medicine?

If anyone experiences any of the
following, stop using this medicine
and talk to your doctor:
A few people have had hallucinations, but this
is rare.
■ Occasionally people get skin rashes that are
sometimes itchy.
■ A few men, especially those with prostate
problems, may have trouble passing water.

Other effects which may occur

Adults and children aged 12 years and


Adults and
children aged
12 years and over

Two large 5 ml
spoonfuls every 4 - 6 hours,
up to 4 times a day

Leave at least 4 hours between doses.
Do not give more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
■ If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.

If anyone has too much
If anyone has too much contact a doctor or
your nearest Accident & 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 provided that the last dose was
taken at least 4 hours ago. Do not take a double

Restlessness, having trouble getting to sleep or
bad dreams.

If you experience any side-effects not included in this
leaflet or are not sure about anything, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist.

5 Storing this medicine

The active ingredients in Benylin Mucus Cough
plus Decongestant Syrup are: 100 mg Guaifenesin
and 30 mg Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride in each 5
ml spoonful.
Other ingredients are: Sucrose, glycerol, methyl
hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate
(E216), ethanol (alcohol), Ponceau 4R (E124), flavouring
(wild cherry and menthol), Sunset Yellow (E110) and
purified water.

What the medicine looks like
Benylin Mucus Cough plus Decongestant Syrup is a
clear orange-red cherry flavoured liquid available in
100 ml glass bottle.
The Product Licence holder: McNeil Products
Ltd, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK.
Manufacturer: Famar Orléans, 5 avenue de Concyr,
45071 Orléans, Cedex 2, France.
This leaflet was revised March 2010.
Benylin is a registered trade mark.

Do not store above 25ºC.
Do not refrigerate.
Keep the product out of the reach and sight
of children.
Keep the container in the outer carton.
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.


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