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EXPECTORANT AND DECONGESTANT COUGH SYRUP
Active substance(s): GUAIFENESIN / PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE / GUAIFENESIN / PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE / GUAIFENESIN / PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
take this medicine because it contains
important information you need to know.
This medicine is available without prescription,
however, you still need to use this product
carefully to get the best results from it. Keep this
leaflet as you may need to read it again. Ask your
pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
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 will 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)
ii. For coughs: Although it is distressing to
hear your child cough, in fact coughing
serves a purpose. It helps to clear phlegm on
the chest or mucus from the nose. Give the
child plenty of warm clear fluids to drink.
iii. To help with breathing: Plain saline nose
drops, available from your pharmacy, can
help babies with blocked noses who are
having trouble feeding.
1. What is this medicine and what
is it used for?
This medicine contains:
• guaifenesin which is an expectorant to help
• pseudoephedrine which is a decongestant to
reduce swelling in the passages of the nose to
help you breathe more easily.
This cough syrup is used to loosen stubborn
mucus (phlegm) and provide relief from chesty
coughs. It also relieves the symptoms of blocked
nose (nasal congestion), runny nose (catarrh) and
blocked sinuses (sinusitis).
2. Is this medicine suitable for you?
Do not take this medicine if you:
• are allergic to guaifenesin, pseudoephedrine
or any of the other ingredients
• are under 6 years of age
• are in early pregnancy, unless your doctor has
told you to
• are taking, or have taken antidepressant drugs
called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s)
or reverse inhibitors of monoamine oxidase
(RIMA’s) within the last 2 weeks (e.g. phenelzine,
• are taking other decongestant or cough and
• are taking beta blockers (used to treat high
• have porphyria, which is a type of blood
disorder that causes skin or nervous system
• have an addiction to alcohol
• have heart disease
• have severe kidney problems
• have high blood pressure (hypertension)
• have diabetes
• have closed angle glaucoma (increased
pressure in the eye)
• have an overactive thyroid
• have a tumour of the adrenal gland
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this medicine if you:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• suffer from a very bad cough or if your cough
lasts for more than 5 days, or comes back, or
if you also have a fever, rash or persistent
• suffer from an irregular heart rate (arrhythmias)
• suffer from liver problems, including alcoholic
• suffer from epilepsy
• suffer from blood circulation disorders
• have a long-term cough or asthma, or are
having an asthma attack
• have an enlarged prostate gland
• have kidney problems
• have an intolerance to some sugars.
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If you are taking any of the following
medicines please see your doctor:
• medicines to treat high blood pressure, including
alpha and beta blockers.
• oxytocin, used in pregnant women to start labour
• cough suppressants (e.g. dextromethorphan,
• cardiac glycosides, which are medicines for
heart problems (e.g. digoxin)
• ergot alkaloids for the treatment of migraine
(e.g. ergotamine, methysergide)
• appetite suppressants (e.g. orlistat, sibutramine)
and stimulants (e.g. dexamfetamine)
• antimuscarinic/anticholinergic drugs, such as
tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline), or
atropine (used to treat some heart, eye and
Information about some of the ingredients in
Contains alcohol (ethanol). This medicinal
product contains 2.85% volume of ethanol (alcohol)
i.e. up to 351 mg per 15 ml dose, equivalent to
8.5 ml of beer, 3.6 ml of wine per dose. Harmful
for those suffering from alcoholism. To be taken
into account in pregnant or breastfeeding
women, children and high risk groups such as
patients with liver disease, or epilepsy.
Contains sorbitol (E420). 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 the colouring agent ponceau 4R
(E124). May cause allergic reactions.
3. How to take this medicine
Shake the bottle well before use. Measure the
syrup using the dosing cup provided.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
Children 6 – 12 years: 7.5 ml. If the child’s
symptoms get worse while taking this syrup see
your doctor. Not to be used for more than 5
days without the advice of a doctor.
Each dose should be taken as required, but do not
repeat the dose more frequently than every 6 hours.
Not more than 3 doses should be taken in any
24 hours. Do not exceed the stated dose.
Do not give to children under 6 years of age.
Do not take with any other cough and cold
If your symptoms persist or worsen, you must
see a doctor or pharmacist.
If you take too much cough liquid by mistake,
contact your doctor or pharmacist straight away.
Very large doses can cause sickness (nausea
4. Possible side effects
Most people do not have any side effects while
taking this medicine. However, if you experience
any side effects, or anything else unusual
happens, stop taking the medicine immediately,
and see your doctor or pharmacist.
Side effects which may occur are:
• an irregular heart beat, high blood pressure
• anxiety, excitability
• restlessness, irritability
• difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
• stomach ache and discomfort, nausea (feeling
sick), vomiting (being sick)
• hallucinations, feelings of paranoia
• allergic reactions such as skin rash
• difficulty passing urine.
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 this medicine.
5. How to store your medicine
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
printed on the pack.
6. What is in this medicine?
Each 15 ml dose of liquid contains the active
ingredient: guaifenesin 200 mg and
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 60 mg.
The other ingredients are: water, alcohol,
glycerin, menthol, sorbitol (E420), sodium
cyclamate, sodium saccharin, carrageenan gum,
potassium sorbate, flavourings and the colours
ponceau 4R (E124) and caramel (E150).
This product is available in a pack size of 150 ml.
7. Who makes this medicine?
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: October 2015.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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