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CODEINE LINCTUS BP
Active substance(s): CODEINE PHOSPHATE
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For symptomatic relief of dry or irritating
Take the solution by mouth.
Adults: Take 1 x 5ml spoonful.
The elderly: Ask your doctor for advice.
A lower dose may be more suitable.
Repeat after 4 hours if required, but not
more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
Do not give to children under 18 years old.
Calms dry or irritating coughs
WARNING: DO NOT EXCEED THE
If symptoms persist consult your doctor.
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Active ingredient per 5ml: codeine
Also contains amongst other
ingredients: ethanol, invert sugar,
sunset yellow dye (E110), sucrose 4g per
5ml, alcohol 1.8 vol%.
LOT, MAN & EXP
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Do not store above 25°C. Protect from light.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Manufactured by the licence holder L.C.M.
Ltd., Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK for
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
HD7 5QH, UK.
FRONT FACE REVERSE:
This medicine contains codeine phosphate, which
reduces the desire to cough.
1. Before you use this medicine
Do not use the medicine if you have….
• Abdominal pain • Myasthenia gravis (a disease of
the muscle) • Underactive thyroid or adrenal gland
problems (a reduced dose may be recommended
by your doctor) • Gallstones or bile duct problems
• Prostate problems • Problems passing urine
• Irregular heartbeat • Fits • Or you are suffering from
shock • Or you are elderly, as elderly people can
react differently to the medicine.
• An allergy to any of the ingredients listed in
• Liver disease, or severe kidney problems.
• Shallow breath or breathing difficulties.
• A head injury or persistent headache.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you
• An asthma attack.
• Previously had a blocked bowel • Previously had an • MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) for
addiction to medicines containing Codeine or
depression, selegiline for Parkinson's Disease, or
Morphine • If you know that you metabolise very
the antibiotic linezolid, or you have taken them
rapidly codeine into morphine • Previously had a bad
within the last two weeks • Any tranquillisers,
reaction to codeine (a known "ultra-rapid
antidepressants, sedatives, painkillers, anaesthetics,
metaboliser" of codeine).
sedating antihistamines or sleeping tablets • Any
• Or are under 18 years old • If you are breastfeeding. medicine for mental illness • Metoclopramide or
domperidone for nausea and vomiting • Quinidine
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you
or mexiletine for irregular heartbeat • Alcohol
• Cimetidine for stomach ulcers • Sodium oxybate for
• Kidney or liver problems (a reduced dose may be
sleeping disorders • Rifampicin for tuberculosis.
recommended by your doctor) • A history of
Pregnant or breastfeeding….
asthma or other breathing problems, including
Codeine Linctus should not be used in pregnancy
bronchitis • Low blood pressure • Irritable bowel
the doctor has told you to do so.
syndrome (IBS) or other bowel problems
Do not take codeine while you are breastfeeding.
Codeine and morphine passes into breast milk.
Driving and using machines….
This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
If you are affected do not drive or operate machinery.
The medicine can affect your ability to drive as it
may make you sleepy or dizzy.
• Do not drive while taking this medicine until you
know how it affects you.
• It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects
your ability to drive.
• However, you would not be committing an offence if:
° The medicine has been prescribed to treat a
medical or dental problem and
° You have taken it according to the instructions
given by the prescriber or in the information
provided with the medicine and
° It was not affecting your ability to drive safely.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking
Important ingredient information
• This product contains 4g of sucrose per dose. To be
taken into account in people with diabetes. It also
contains invert syrup. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
• It contains a small amount of ethanol (alcohol), less
than 100mg per 5ml.
• It also contains sunset yellow (E110) which may
cause allergic reactions.
2. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Codeine Linctus can have side
effects, although these don’t affect everyone.
Important side effects
Codeine is transformed to morphine in the liver by an
enzyme. Morphine is the substance that produces pain
relief. Some people have a variation of this enzyme and
this can affect people in different ways. In some people,
morphine is not produced or produced in very small
quantities, and it will not provide enough pain relief.
Other people are more likely to get serious side effects
because a very high amount of morphine is produced.
If you notice any of the following side effects, you must
stop taking this medicine and seek immediate medical
advice: slow or shallow breathing, confusion,
sleepiness, small pupils, feeling or being sick,
constipation, lack of appetite.
Other possible side effects are:
• Feeling or being sick • Dizziness or vertigo
• Constipation • Loss of appetite • Fits • Feeling unwell
• Muscle twitching or stiffness • Drowsiness
• Disturbed sleep • Difficulty in passing water
• Dry mouth • Sweating • Headache • Facial flushing
• Fluid retention (e.g. swollen ankles and feet)
• Abnormal heartbeat • Feeling faint when standing up
• Slow, shallow breathing • Low body heat
• Hallucinations • Mood changes • Feeling restless or
confused • Pinpoint pupils or other problems with
eyesight • Abdominal pain (including pain caused by
inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) or bile
duct problems (biliary spasm)) • Ureteric spasm
(urine tube problem causing abdominal or lower
back pain) • Low sexual urge • Allergic reactions
such as itching and a rash • Elderly people may
experience incontinence, diarrhoea, stomach pain or
a blocked bowel • Prolonged use may worsen
irritable bowel syndrome • Prolonged use may lead
to addiction, dependence and tolerance (the medicine
loses its effect).
If you notice these or any other side effects, stop use and
tell your doctor or pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.
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:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects
you can help provide more information on the safety of
3. Further information
If you accidentally take too much see a doctor
straight away. Take the pack with you to show which
medicine you have swallowed.
• Do not use after the expiry date. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
• Return any unused medicine to the pharmacy for
The active ingredient per 5ml is: codeine phosphate
The other ingredients are: citric acid (E330),
lemon oil terpeneless, ethanol, benzoic acid
solution (E210, propylene glycol), invert syrup,
quinoline yellow (E104), sunset yellow dye (E110),
sucrose and purified water.
What the medicine looks like
Codeine Linctus is a yellow syrupy liquid.
It is supplied in 200ml bottles.
Text revised: April 2016
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