Codeine Linctus


• For dry, unproductive cough
• Short term use only (3 days)
• Adults 1 x 5ml spoonful, four times a day
• Available in Sugar Free & Normal



Codeine Linctus is a medicine which helps you to stop coughing, especially if you have a non-productive cough. It contains the active ingredient: codeine phosphate which relieves coughs by stopping the automatic cough response. By blocking this reflex, coughing is reduced and the throat is allowed to relax. Codeine Linctus is an ideal remedy for dry or irritating coughs.

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What is Codeine Linctus?

Codeine linctus is used to suppresses the cough reflex in the central nervous system.

How does Codeine Linctus work?

When our airways are irritated, the body’s reflex is to cough in an attempt to clear mucus, dust or any other particles from the throat and lungs.  However, sometimes our body overcompensates for this and we continue to cough even when nothing is in our throat. This can result in a painful and frustrating experience.  Codeine works by reducing the nerve signals sent from a part of the brain called the coughing centre to the muscles that produce coughing.  It can be used to block the cough reflex in situations where the cough serves no purpose, ie when no phlegm is being coughed up.

How do I use Codeine Linctus?

Adults over 18 years of age should take one 5ml spoonful up to four times a day when needed.

What are the side effects of Codeine Linctus?

Some potential side effects of taking Codeine Linctus may include:

• Constipation
• Nausea
• Dizziness
• Drowsiness

Can I take Codeine Linctus when pregnant?

No – you should not take this medication if pregnant or trying to get pregnant. You should seek GP advice if you require treatment for your dry cough.

Can I take Codeine Linctus when breastfeeding?

No – you should seek advice from your GP if you think you require codeine linctus while breastfeeding. There may be more suitable treatment options available for you. As codeine can pass into the breast milk, and has addictive properties, you should not use this medication unless on specific advice from your GP.

Can I overdose on Codeine Linctus?

Yes. If you think you’ve taken too much codeine linctus, seek urgent medical attention by calling your GP or visiting your hospital’s accident and emergency. Overdosing with codeine can cause severe breathing difficulties and can result in death if taken in very large doses.

Is Codeine Linctus addictive?

If used as directed, it’s very unlikely you will develop an addiction or reliance on codeine. However, if taken for longer than three days or if larger doses are taken, addiction is possible.

Can I drink if taking this medicine?

As the active ingredient codeine can cause drowsiness, this can enhance the sedative effects of alcohol and cause excessive drowsiness if you drink when taking this medication. You should see how you respond to this medication before drinking alcohol to avoid excessive drowsiness. Usually if taken as directed, you should not notice significant drowsiness when taking codeine linctus with alcohol.

Side Effects

Some potential side effects of taking Codeine Linctus may include:

• Constipation
• Nausea
• Dizziness
• Drowsiness

Please read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.

You should contact your GP or seek medical help immediately if you suffer a severe allergic reaction from taking this or any medication. Symptoms of these reactions include shortness of breath, swelling of your face, neck, lips or tongue. You may also suffer a severe skin rash which may blister or peel. All of these symptoms indicate an anaphylactic reaction, and you should seek emergency help.


Before you take Codeine linctus… Read the enclosed leaflet carefully before use. DO NOT TAKE IF YOU: Have breathing difficulties. Are allergic to any of the ingredients. Are under 18 years old. Storage: – Store below 25°C in a dry place. May cause drowsiness – if affected do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcoholic drinks. For short term use only. If you need to use this medicine for more than three days at a time, see your doctor or pharmacist. Taking codeine regularly for a long time can lead to addiction. WARNING: Do not exceed the stated dose. KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN. PLEASE READ ALL PRODUCT PACKAGING AND LABELS PRIOR TO USE.


Active Ingredient: Codeine 15mg / 5ml