Pholcodine Linctus works well on an irritating, dry and tickly cough, by providing soothing relief. As a cough suppressant, it stops the urge to cough and also relieves chest irritation.
This medication works by clearing mucus, dust particles and bacteria from both throat and lungs, the presence of which irritate the airways and make breathing more difficult. However, there are times when there is no mucus present, and no phlegm released, resulting in a purposeless cough, accompanied by pain and frustration. In these cases, pholcodine works by reducing the nerve signals which tell the coughing centre in the brain to try to clear what is not actually there.
Pholcodine should not be used at the same time as taking any other medicines for coughs or colds, as they could contain the same active ingredients and lead to you exceeding the daily recommendation. Also, cough expectorants can produce an opposite reaction and so advice should always be taken from your doctor or a pharmacist.
Other medicines containing the same active ingredient include: pholcodine linctus
Benylin for children’s dry coughs
Covonia, a dry cough sugar free formula
Boots own dry cough syrup, for children of 6 years and older
Pholcodine paediatric linctus.
Pholcodine strong linctus.
Pholcodine should not be taken by people who are already taking monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants e.g. phenelzine, isocarboxazid or tranylcypromine, or anyone who has taken any of these in the last 14 days.
Pholcodine can cause drowsiness and this can be exacerbated if taken alongside:
Sleeping pills e.g. zopiclone
Sedating antihistamines e.g. chlorphenamine, promethazine, diphenhydramine, triprolidine (these can be found in non-prescription cough, cold and hay fever remedies)
Benzodiazepines, e.g. temazepam, diazepam
Strong opioid painkillers e.g. dihydrocodeine, codeine, morphine
Tricyclic antidepressants e.g. amitriptyline.
Pholcodine Linctus is a cough medicine that’s designed to ease dry, tickly coughs.