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Pholcodine linctus

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Information specific to: Pholcodine linctus.

About Pholcodine linctus and how it works

This medicine helps relieve dry coughs. The main ingredient pholcodine, is a cough suppressant and suppresses dry, tickly coughs.

This medicine is available as a liquid that is taken by mouth.

There may be preparations of this medicine that may be suitable for children. Do not give this medicine to children unless the package leaflet specifically states a suitable dose for children.

Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after five days, or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Pholcodine linctus

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before having this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • this medicine is for a child under six years of age
  • you have liver problems
  • you have or are at risk of developing respiratory failure
  • you have chronic bronchitis, bronchiolitis, bronchiectasis or COPD
  • you have asthma
  • you have kidney problems
  • you have a persistent cough or have been coughing for a long time
  • you are bringing up excessive secretions from your chest
  • you are taking other cough and cold preparations

Medicines interactions

If you are taking or using more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors - do not take this medicine if you are currently taking these medicines or have taken them within the last 14 days
  • other cough and cold medicines
  • neuromuscular blockers
  • medicines that lower blood pressure
  • diuretics
  • central nervous system depressants such as barbiturates, hypnotics, narcotic analgesics, sedatives, tranquillisers, phenothiazines and tricyclic antidepressants

Possible side effects of Pholcodine linctus

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people taking this medicine:

  • hypersensitivity reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • excitation
  • confusion
  • sputum retention
  • vomiting
  • gastrointestinal disturbances
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • skin reactions including rashes

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breast-feeding, you should seek medical advice before taking this medicine.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the package leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should take and if there is anything that you need to do if you take more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you or a child, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine causes drowsiness and may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.

This medicine may contain alcohol, and may also interact with alcohol.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

This medicine may be available under brand names including:


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