What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 00014/0381.

Boots Chesty Cough Syrup 6 Years Plus

Information for the user

Boots Chesty Cough Syrup 6 Years Plus


Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.

This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still need to give it carefully to get the best results from it.

  • Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice
  • The leaflet is written in terms of giving this medicine to your child, but if you are an adult who is intending to take this medicine yourself the information in this leaflet will apply to you as well

What this medicine is for

This medicine contains Guaifenesin, an expectorant, which acts to loosen and relieve phlegm and mucus on the chest.

It can be used to relieve chesty coughs in children. Simple treatments should be tried first before you give this medicine. Further information on “Treating coughs and colds in children” is provided at the end of this leaflet.

Before you give this medicine

This medicine can be given to children from the age of 6 years. However, some children should not be given this medicine or you should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.

Do not give:

  • If your child is under 6 years
  • If your child is allergic to any of the ingredients in this medicine (see “What is in this medicine”)
  • If your child is taking any other cough and cold medicines
  • If your child has an intolerance to some sugars, unless your doctor tells you to (this medicine contains maltitol liquid)

Talk to your doctor:

  • If your child has a long-term cough or asthma (do not give this medicine to your child if they are wheezing or if they are having an asthma attack)

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • If your child also has a fever, rash or constant headache
  • If your child has liver problems or epilepsy (this medicine contains alcohol, which may be harmful to your child)

Other important information

This medicine may interfere with the results of some urine tests. If your child has any urine tests, tell the doctor or hospital staff that you are giving this medicine.

Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine: This medicine contains maltitol liquid, which may have a mild laxative effect.

Information for people with diabetes: This medicine contains 1.9 g maltitol per 5 ml spoonful. This provides 5 kcal per 5 ml spoonful.

Information for adults intending to take this medicine

All of the information in this leaflet will apply to you as well.

This medicine may be harmful if you are dependant on alcohol. Each 5 ml spoonful contains 0.2 g alcohol equivalent to 5 ml of beer or 2 ml of wine.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

If your child takes other medicines

This medicine is not expected to affect any other medicines that your child may be taking.

If you are unsure about interactions with any medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your child’s doctor and medicine you have bought for your child, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.

How to give this medicine

Check the seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not give the medicine.

Use the measuring spoon provided (the small end measures 2.5 ml and the big end measures 5 ml).

Children of 6 to12 years: Give two to four 5 ml spoonfuls every 4 hours, up to 4 times a day.

Don’t give more than sixteen 5 ml spoonfuls in 24 hours.

Give this medicine to your child to swallow.

Do not give to children under 6 years.

Do not give more than the amount recommended in the table.

Do not give this medicine for more than 5 days, unless your child’s doctor tells you to.

If your child’s symptoms worsen at any time, talk to a pharmacist or doctor.

If your child’s cough comes back, stop giving this medicine and talk to a pharmacist or doctor.

If your child’s symptoms do not go away, talk to your child’s doctor.

If you give too much: Talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.

If your child gets any of these serious side effects, stop giving the medicine. See a doctor at once:

  • Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (severe allergic reactions)

These other effects are less serious. If they bother your child talk to a pharmacist:

  • Feeling sick, being sick, stomach discomfort

If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

How to store this medicine

Do not store above 25°C.

Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.

Use by the date on the bottle label or the end flap of the carton. After this date return any unused product to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.

What is in this medicine

Each 5 ml of syrup contains Guaifenesin 50 mg, which is the active ingredient.

As well as the active ingredient, the syrup also contains purified water, maltitol liquid (E965), glycerol (E422), ethanol (4.8 vol%), sodium citrate, hyetellose, citric acid, sorbic acid (E200), sodium saccharin, flavours (levomenthol, blackberry, cream).

The pack contains 100 ml of practically clear and colourless oral solution.

Who makes this medicine

Manufactured by the Marketing Authorisation holder

The Boots Company PLC

Leaflet prepared June 2014

If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contact

The Boots Company PLC

Treating coughs and colds in children

It’s normal for children to get 8 or more colds in a year, however 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. Antibiotics will not help to treat a cold as they are caused by viruses and not bacteria.

Follow these simple steps, which may help your child overcome their cough or cold:

1. If your child is hot or has a fever: Increase the amount of fluid your child normally drinks. Lower their temperature with a Paracetamol or Ibuprofen medicine, which is suitable for children. (Paracetamol is not suitable for children under 2 months. Ibuprofen is not suitable for children under 3 months).

Your pharmacist will be able to help you find a suitable product if in doubt.

2. For coughs: Although it may be distressing to hear your child cough, the coughing itself serves an important purpose. It helps to clear phlegm on the chest or mucus from the nose. Give your child plenty of lukewarm clear fluids to drink, which may help loosen the phlegm and relax the airways.

3. To help with breathing: Plain saline nose drops, available from your pharmacy, can help babies with blocked noses who are having trouble feeding.

Other formats

To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call, free of charge:

0800 198 5000 (UK only)

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Product name: Boots Chesty Cough Syrup 6 Years Plus

Reference number: 00014/0381

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