Benylin Children's Night Cough - 125ml
Benylin Children’s Night Coughs provides effective relief from children’s cough and congestion. It also helps relieve runny nose symptoms associated with hayfever and other allergic conditions. It is sugar & colour free and raspberry flavour. Suitable for children aged 6 years and over.
How does Benylin Children's Night Coughs work?
Benylin children's night coughs solution contains two active ingredients, diphenhydramine hydrochloride and levomenthol.
Diphenhydramine is a type of medicine called a sedating antihistamine. It relieves the symptoms of nasal allergies such as hayfever and also works in a few ways to relieve cough and congestion.
Diphenhydramine prevents the actions of histamine, which is a substance produced by the body as part of its defence mechanisms. It is stored in cells called mast cells, in almost all tissues of the body. When the body reacts to a foreign substance (known as an allergen, eg flower pollen), the mast cells stimulated by the allergen release their stores of histamine.
The released histamine then binds to its receptors, causing a chain reaction that results in allergic symptoms. It causes an increase in blood flow to the area of the allergy, and the release of other chemicals that add to the allergic response. All this results in the symptoms of an allergic reaction. In hayfever, histamine causes inflammation of the nose, eyes, skin or airways and results in itchy watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
Diphenhydramine works by blocking histamine receptors. This in turn prevents the release of other allergy chemicals and increased blood supply to the area, and provides relief from the typical symptoms of hayfever and other nasal allergies, eg to pets or house dust mites.
Diphenhydramine also relieves coughs. Nasal mucus can often be the cause of cough in a cold, because it drips down the back of the throat, causing irritation. Diphenhydramine drys nasal secretions through its antihistamine action and reduces the production of mucus in the nose.
Diphenhydramine also enters the brain in sufficient quantities to causes drowsiness, and this sedative effect may help suppress a cough. It also has anticholinergic actions, which means that it reduces the nerve impulses that cause the cough reflex.
Levomenthol has mild cooling and decongestant properties that help soothe a cough and ease congestion in the nasal passages and lungs.
The combination of diphenhydramine and levomenthol in this medicine can be useful for relieving night time symptoms of hayfever, or coughs that are associated with a head cold in children.
What is Benylin Children's Night Coughs used for?
- Cough and congestion in children over six years of age.
- Hayfever and other nasal allergies in children over six years of age.
- March 2009: Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children have recently been under review in the UK. New advice is that several cough and cold medicines, including this one, are no longer recommended for children under six years of age. This is because there is no evidence that they work in this age group, and they can potentially cause side effects such as allergic reactions, effects on sleep or hallucinations. The packaging and leaflets for cough and cold medicines will be updated over the next year to reflect this information. When the newly labelled products become available they will only be sold from pharmacies, where advice on using the medicines safely can be given. Products with old labelling that give doses for children under six won't be immediately withdrawn from sale, because there are no immediate safety issues with them and they have been in wide use for decades. However, you should no longer give these medicines to children under six. The new recommendations are part of a long-term package of measures that are being phased in to improve the safe use of cough and cold medicines in children under 12 years of age. If you have just given this medicine to a child under six there is no need to worry, provided they were given the dose recommended on the bottle, but you shouldn't use this medicine for them in the future. Children aged 6 to 12 years can still be given this medicine, because the risk of side effects is reduced in older children as they weigh more, get fewer colds and can also tell you if the medicine is doing them any good. For more advice talk to your pharmacist.
- If your child has any of the following symptoms you should not give this medicine and consult your doctor so that the cough can be investigated further: coughing up phlegm that is green, rusty brown, yellow, blood-stained or foul smelling; shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; chest pain; pain and swelling in the calf; sudden weight loss; recurrent night-time cough; or a long-term persistent cough.
- The recommended dose of this medicine varies depending on the age of your child. Carefully follow the dosage instructions provided with this medicine. Do not exceed the recommended dose. If your child's symptoms persist consult your doctor.
- Do not give your child other cough and cold medicines in combination with this one. Different products may contain the same active ingredient(s) and using more than one at the same time could lead to you exceeding the recommended dose for your child. For further advice talk to your pharmacist.
- This medicine may cause drowsiness. If your child is affected they should avoid performing potentially hazardous activities such as riding a bike or climbing trees. Alcohol should be avoided.
Use with caution in
- Moderate to severely decreased kidney function.
- Moderate to severely decreased liver function.
- Difficulty passing urine (urinary retention).
- Closed angle glaucoma.
Not to be used in
- Children under six years of age.
This medicine should not be used if your child is allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if your child has previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel your child has experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all children using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Disturbances of the gut such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
- Dry mouth, nose and throat.
- Blurred vision.
- Difficulty in passing urine (urinary retention).
- Awareness of the heartbeat (palpitations).
- Allergic skin rashes.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
You should not give your child other cough and cold medicines in combination with this one. Different products may contain the same active ingredient(s) and using more than one at the same time could lead to you exceeding the recommended dose for your child. For further advice talk to your pharmacist.
If your child is already taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and those bought without a prescription, you should check with your pharmacist before giving this medicine as well, to make sure that the combination is safe.
The manufacturer states that this medicine should not be used by people who are currently taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressant, eg phenelzine, tranylcypromine or isocarboxazid, or who have taken one of these medicines in the last 14 days.
There may be an increased risk of drowsiness if this medicine is taken in combination with any of the following, which can also cause drowsiness:
- benzodiazepines, eg temazepam, diazepam
- other sedating antihistamines, eg chlorphenamine, hydroxyzine, promethazine
- sleeping tablets, eg zopiclone
- strong opioid painkillers, eg codeine, dihydrocodeine, morphine
- tricyclic antidepressants, eg amitriptyline.
This medicine should be avoided in children already taking any of the above medicines.
There may be an increased risk of side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation or difficulty passing urine if this medicine is taken with any of the following medicines:
- anticholinergic medicines for urinary incontinence, eg oxybutynin, flavoxate, tolterodine, propiverine, trospium
- antipsychotic medicines, eg chlorpromazine, clozapine
- antispasmodics, eg atropine, hyoscine
- certain antisickness medicines, eg promethazine, prochlorperazine, meclozine, cyclizine
- muscle relaxants, eg baclofen
- tricyclic or related antidepressants, eg amitriptyline, maprotiline.