Benylin Dry Coughs Original is a cough medicine that assists in reducing the discomfort of a bad cough. By reducing the urge to cough, this medicine provides relief to people suffering from particularly rough coughing fits.
There are three active ingredients contained within Benylin Dry Coughs Original. These are diphenhydramine, levomenthol, and dextromethorphan.
Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine. It has a sedating effect, and this drowsiness can help reduce coughing impulses. Histamine is a naturally occurring chemical in the body which, when bonded to receptors, causes the secretion of nasal mucus. As an antihistamine, Diphenhydramine prevents histamine from binding to receptors. This has the effect of reducing nasal mucus, which will dry up a runny nose, and reduce the dripping of nasal mucus into the back of the throat where it can cause irritation that leads to coughing.
Levomenthol acts as a decongestant and has a cooling effect. This can soothe the discomfort created by a cough and unblock nasal passages.
Coughing is a reflex designed to clear particles such as mucus or dust from the airways. Keeping the airways clear is important, but sometimes when ill the cough reflex can become overstimulated and coughing that has no purpose will occur. Dextromethorphan is a suppressant that reduces the occurrences of these coughs. Dextromethorphan works by reducing nerve signals from the coughing centre of the brain to the muscles that are used for coughing. This can reduce instances of coughing for no reason, when there is a cough reflex but no phlegm to cough up.
This combination of active ingredients will thus provide relief to those suffering from irritating coughs. Additionally, the sedative effect of diphenhydramine combined with the soothing relief can assist in achieving uninterrupted sleep.
For adults and children aged 12 years and over. Not suitable for children under 12 years.
Take two 5ml spoonfuls every 4-6 hours, four times daily.
Do not take more than 4 doses within 24 hours. If symptoms remain, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Side effects of Benylin Dry Cough Original can include:
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, nose and throat, upset stomach, vomiting, nausea and/or problems with passing water
If the product affects you in another way, or you are concerned about such effects, stop taking this medicine and consult with a pharmacist or doctor.
Not everyone will experience side effects.
Please read the following carefully to make sure this is the appropriate product for you.
Do not use this medicine if:
- Any of the ingredients have caused a bad reaction in the past
- You suffer from a lung disease
- You suffer from prostate problems (needing to pass water often, or having difficulty passing water)
- You suffer from narrow-angle glaucoma
- If you have taken in the last two weeks any drugs considered monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIS)
- If you are a child under 12 years old
Talk to a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medicine if:
- You suffer from kidney or liver problems
- You are consuming alcohol
- You possess an intolerance to some sugars
You are using any other medicines such as:
- Anticholinergic drugs such as antihistamines
- Minor tranquillizers
Taking this medicine may induce drowsiness. Avoid alcohol. Do not operate machinery if affected. Ability to drive may be affected. Until it is clear how this medicine affects you, do not drive. If ability to drive is affected, it may be an offence to drive whilst using this medicine.
Sodium benzoate is can ingredient in this medicine. This can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and mucus membranes.
Sucrose and liquid glucose are ingredients in this medicine. If your doctor has told you that you have an intolerance to some sugars then contact a doctor before using this product. Benylin Dry Cough Original has 3.5g of glucose per 5ml and 1g of sucrose per 5ml. This should be considered for patients with diabetes mellitus.
This medicine contains ethanol (alcohol). It contains 200mg per 5ml (5%) vol. This is equivalent to 5ml of beer or 2ml of wine. If suffering from alcoholism, pregnant, breast-feeding, a child, or in a high risk group such as those with epilepsy or liver disease, take this into account.
Ponceau 4R (E124) can cause allergic reactions.
This medicine contains 16.7mg of sodium per 5ml. Take this into account if on a controlled sodium diet.
Please read he product information leaflet before consuming any new medicine and inform your doctor of any medicines you intend to take or are taking.
The active ingredients contained in this medicine is/are:
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride 14mg, dextromethorphan hydrobromide 6.5mg and Levomenthol 2mg.
The medicine also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
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.