Care Codeine Linctus

Relieves dry or irritating coughs

Care Codeine Linctus reduces the urge to cough and so helps to soothe dry or irritating coughs. This linctus is suitable for adults over the age of 18 and the elderly.


Can cause addiction. For use up to three days only.

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Helps relieve dry or irritating coughs
Can be used by adults 18+
Suitable for 18+
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200ml liquid

More about this product

  • Essential information
  • Directions for use
  • Self Care Advice
  • FAQs
  • Stockists
  • Tips & Advice

Essential Information

Care Codeine Linctus BP. Symptomatic relief of dry or irritating coughs. Contains Codeine Phosphate. Always read the label.

Directions for use

Oral use.

Recommended Doses

Adults: One 5ml spoonful.

Elderly: Use with caution, a reduced dose can be recommended by a doctor.

Paediatric population: Codeine should not be used for the treatment of children under the age of 18 years.

Dosage schedule
The dose may be repeated after four hours if required, but not more than 4 doses in any 24 hours.

See the product label for more information or view the Patient Information Leaflet.

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If in doubt, always talk to a healthcare professional.

Self Care Advice

How to treat a cough:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Pharmacists can give advice or suggest other over the counter treatments to help you cough less. These won’t get rid of the cough but can help relieve symptoms.


What causes coughs?

Most coughs are caused by cold and flu, but can also be caused by smoking, allergies such as hay fever, infections like bronchitis or by mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose.

When should I go and see a GP about a cough?

It is advised to go and see a GP if you’ve had a cough for more than 3 weeks, it is very bad or quickly gets worse or you have chest pain.

What are other causes of coughs?

Other causes of coughs include:
  • Smoking
  • Heartburn (acid reflux)
  • Allergies – for example, hay fever
  • Infections like bronchitis
  • Mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose


Tips & Advice

Who can use this product:

It can be used by adults over 18 and with caution in the elderly.

It should not be used if you are a breastfeeding mother. It should not be used if you metabolise codeine, into morphine, very rapidly. This medicine can affect your ability to drive safely. It is likely to affect your ability to drive, so do not drive until you know how the medicine affects you. It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to drive


Did you know?

Antibiotics are not normally prescribed for coughs.

Your GP will only prescribe them if you need them – for example, if you have a bacterial infection or you’re at risk of complications.

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