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Benylin Children's Chesty Cough Syrup

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What is Benylin Children's Chesty Cough Syrup

During a chesty cough there is a form-up of phlegm within the airways and lungs. A cough means that the physique is preparing a seek to make away with the excess phlegm from the body. Benylin Children’s Chesty Coughs syrup contains guaifenesin as an active ingredient.

What are the side effects of Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs?

Like all medicines, this medicine may cause adverse events or side effects, although not everybody gets them. If your child experiences allergic reactions that may include skin rashes, itching, or coming out in hives, stop using the medicine and seek help immediately.
Other expected side effects that may occur include:

  • stomach pain

  • abdominal pain or discomfort

  • diarrhoea

  • vomiting and nausea

Speak to your doctor or consult our specialists at Click Pharmacy should you require any further advice.

Can I buy Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs online?

Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup can be purchased online without the need of a prescription. However you are welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how to best use this product. It can be purchased online in 125ml bottles, and will be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.

How effective is Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs?

During a chesty cough there is a build-up of phlegm in the airways and lungs. A cough indicates that the body is trying to get rid of the excess phlegm from the body. Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup contains guaifenesin as an active ingredient. Guaifenesin is a cough expectorant for the relief of symptoms of acute productive (chesty) cough. 

Guaifenesin works by loosening the mucus in the lungs and the airways to make it easier for the child to cough it up. It does this by increasing the volume of fluid produced in the airways and thus facilitating the removal of mucus from the body. It also effectively aids in relaxing the throat and chest so that coughing is less strenuous on the body.

What dose should I choose?

There is only one dose of Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs. This medicine is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

For children between 6 and 12 years old the dose is two 5ml spoonfuls (10ml total). This is to be taken by mouth four times a day, up to a maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours.

You should only give this medicine as required following the dosage instructions carefully. If you forget to give or take a dose, the next dose should be taken when needed. You should not give a double dose.

How should I take Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs?

Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup is for oral use only. Do not take or give more than the dose recommended .

This medicine is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

For children between 6 and 12 years old the dose is two 5ml spoonfuls (10ml total) taken by mouth four times a day, up to a maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours.

Do not exceed 5 days of treatment with Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup unless the patient is under a doctor’s supervision.

Stop using this medicine and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the child’s cough comes back or is accompanied by a persistent headache, high temperature, or rash.

If you forget to give or take a dose, the next dose should be taken when needed. You should never give a double dose.

Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup has not been found to affect any other medicines when these are taken together. However please always check with your pharmacist before giving this medicine in conjunction with other medicines to make sure that the combination is safe. This includes herbal medicines and those bought over the counter. 

You may give Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup with over the counter children's painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen, if these are needed and indicated for your child.

Get advice from your pharmacist before using Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs in combination with other cold and flu or cough preparations. Different products may contain the same active ingredient, which may lead to an excessive intake in dose. For further advice talk to your pharmacist.

How does Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs work?

Chesty coughs occur when there is a build-up of phlegm. The cough mechanism kicks in to expel excess phlegm to get it out of the body. Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup contains guaifenesin which is a cough expectorant used for the relief of symptoms of acute productive (chesty) cough. 

Guaifenesin works by loosening the mucus in the lungs and the airways to make it easier for the child to cough it up. It does this by increasing the volume of fluid produced in the airways. It also effectively aids in relaxing the throat and chest so that coughing is less strenuous on the body.

How long do I take Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs for before I notice a difference?

Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs syrup should be taken for a few days until the mucus (phlegm) is sufficiently cleared up from the chest and airways. If 5 days have passed and the cough has not improved, or other symptoms have appeared, then you should speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

If you child has any of the following symptoms, you should seek advice immediately as further examination or different treatment might be necessary:

  • difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or asthma

  • producing phlegm or mucus that is yellow, green, rusty brown, blood-stained or foul smelling

  • pain in the chest

  • pain and swelling in the calf

  • sudden unexplained weight loss

  • recurrent night-time cough

  • or a long-term persistent cough.

When shouldn’t I take Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs?

This medicine is suitable for most children but a few children should not use it. 

If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use this medicine:

  • There is a history of allergy to this product or any of the ingredients.
  • If the child is taking any other cough and cold medicine.
  • If the child is under 6 years of age.

If any of these apply, get advice from a doctor or pharmacist without using Benylin Children's Chesty Coughs. 

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice and to check if you can give this medicine:

  • If the patient has kidney or liver problems
  • If the patient has a persistent cough such as occurs with shortness of breath or asthma
  • If the patient has asthma, is suffering from an asthma attack or a cough that produces a lot of mucus (phlegm).

This medicine is formulated for children 6-12 years of age and would not normally be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The following advice is included in cases where an older child or adult is taking the medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, only use this medicine on the advice of your doctor. Some of the ingredients can cause problems.
  • This medicine contains sorbitol liquid. If the patient is intolerant to some sugars, this could cause problems.
  • Ingredients in this medicine may cause a laxative effect.
  • If you are on a reduced-sodium diet, take into account that this medicine contains 14.94 mg sodium per 10 ml dose.

How does Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup work?

Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup works by loosening the mucus in the lungs and airway to allow the build up of phlegm in the airways to be coughed out.

What is the active ingredient in Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup?

The active ingredient in Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup is guaifenesin. This active ingredient is effective in opening up tight airways to allow any excess build up such as mucus to be removed out of the body by coughing.

Can all children take Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup?

Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup is not recommended for children under the age of 6 years old and over the age of 12 years old.

How many times should my child have a dose of Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup?

The recommended dose is two 5ml spoonfuls up to 4 times a day. You should not give your child more than 4 doses within one 24 hour period.

How long should I use Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup for?

You should not use Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup for longer than 5 consecutive days unless advised to do so by a GP or pharmacist.

What if I forget to give my child a dose of Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup?

If you forget to give your child their dose of Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup you should skip the forgotten dose and take the next dose at regular intervals. You should never take two doses at once.

Can I give my child other medication while they are taking Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup?

It is safe to combine other medications with Benylin Children's Chesty Cough Syrup, however you should always consult with a GP or pharmacist before combining different sets of medication.

Can I give my child other painkillers with Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup?

It is safe to combine painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen with Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup.

How long does it take for Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup to work?

Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup should reduce signs of coughing within 5 days. If symptoms do not improve and instead worsen, consult with a GP or pharmacist immediately.

Can I give my child Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup if they have a history of being allergic to cough syrup?

If your child has been allergic to cough syrup in the past you should not give them Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup. Instead you should speak with a pharmacist or GP who may recommend you to use an alternative medicine.

Although it is rare for children to experience side effects after taking Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup, some may experience:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • sickness

If your child experiences rash, redness, itching or swelling of skin they may be experiencing an allergic reaction to the cough syrup. If this happens you should stop giving your child Benylin Children’s Chesty Cough Syrup immediately and seek medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here/a>.

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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