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Lemsip Cough for Dry Cough & Sore Throat Oral Solution
Strepsils Sore Throat & Dry Cough Syrup
Citric acid monohydrate
Lemon oil terpeneless
For the symptomatic relief of dry tickly coughs and sore throats.
Route of administration - oral.
No special dose is required for elderly patients.
Adults and children 12 years and over: Two 5ml spoonfuls, three or four times daily.
Children 1-12 years: One 5ml spoonful, three or four times daily.
PETE plastic bottle
Adults and children 12 years and over: 10 ml dose (fill measure cup to 10 ml), three to four times daily.
Children aged 1-12 years: 5 ml dose (fill measure cup to 5 ml), three to four times daily.
Rinse the measure cup after use.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or any of the excipients.
Do not give to children under 1 year.
Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take this medicine.
This medicinal product contains small amounts of ethanol (alcohol), less than 50 mg per 5 ml.
Contains esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
As with many other medicines, this product should be avoided in the first three months of pregnancy and during lactation unless the benefits outweigh any risks; no significant problems have been reported in breast-fed infants from mothers taking this product.
Overdosage is unlikely but if it does occur then treatment consists of general supportive therapy and may include gastric lavage.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Respiratory System; Cough and Cold Preparations; Other Cold Preparations ATC Code: R05X
Glycerol, honey and syrup act as demulcents and provide a soothing medium for an irritated throat.
The citric acid monohydrate and the lemon oil, terpeneless both add to the sharpness of the product and enhance the flavour.
Glycerol is readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and undergoes extensive metabolism, mainly in the liver; it may be used in the synthesis of lipids, metabolised to glucose or glycogen, or oxidised to carbon dioxide and water. It is also excreted in the urine unchanged.
Sucrose is hydrolysed in the small intestine by the enzyme sucrase to glucose and fructose, which are then absorbed.
No relevant pharmacokinetic data are available for citric acid monohydrate, honey or terpeneless lemon oil.
No preclinical findings of relevance have been reported.
Ethanol (96%), Nipasept sodium and water.
Glass bottle - Three years.
Transparent blue plastic PETE bottle - Two years.
Transparent green plastic PETE bottle - Two years.
Store below 25°C.
Amber glass bottles with a polypropylene cap with a polyethylene tamper-evident band with expanded polyethylene wad (100ml and 200ml).
Transparent blue plastic PETE bottle (180ml).
Transparent green plastic PETE bottle (180ml).
Translucent yellow graduated polypropylene measuring cup.
Pack sizes: 100ml, 180ml and 200ml.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Limited