Chlophedianol

Chlophedianol is used to treat and prevent the symptoms of coughs that do not produce phlegm or mucus.

Overview

Chlophedianol is used to treat and prevent the symptoms of irritating dry and tickly coughs that do not produce phlegm or mucus.

The medication is an antitussive. It works by acting on the area of the brain that triggers the cough reflex in the patient’s lungs.

Chlophedianol is available from your pharmacist, without the need for a doctor’s prescription.

The medication comes in the form of a soothing syrup.

Conditions treated

  • dry cough

Type of medicine

  • antitussive
  • syrup

Side-effects

Chlophedianol will help to control and manage the symptoms of a dry, irritating cough. However some people do experience a few unwanted side-effects while using it. Before you begin using this medicine, remember to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have ever suffered any allergic reactions to any drug, or if you have allergies to preservatives, dyes, animal derivatives, or to any particular foods.

The following side-effects have been noted by some patients who have taken chlophedianol, but it should be noted that the list is not necessarily exhaustive. If you notice anything that is at all unusual about your behavior or health after you start taking this medication, you must consult your pharmacist or doctor immediately for advice.

This medication is very safe to use and adverse side-effects are rare. However, you should check with your doctor if you experience any of the following, as one or more of these symptoms could indicate that you are allergic to one or more of the constituents of the medication.

  • wheezing
  • tightness of the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • hallucinations
  • difficulty in speaking
  • breathing difficulties
  • confusion

Do not take more of this medication than you have been told to by your doctor, and do not exceed the dose that is given on the product packaging. Taking too much of this medication could cause drowsiness.

Dosage

The dose of this medication will vary between patients. Do not use chlophedianol in greater quantity or for a longer period of time than your doctor has told you to. Do not change the dose unless instructed otherwise by your treating physician. The amount of medication, the duration of your course of treatment, and the frequency of doses that you are prescribed will depend on the condition you are being treated for, the strength of the drug, and on how your body responds to it.

You will be given a patient information leaflet with this product. Read the instructions carefully before you begin taking the medication. If there is anything that you do not understand, ask your pharmacist or doctor for clarification.

Always complete the course of treatment in full, even if your symptoms appear to be improving after a couple of days. If you feel that your condition is not improving or is becoming worse, consult your doctor for advice.

Do not miss any of the doses of your medication that you have been prescribed. In the event that you do miss a dose, do not take double the quantity.

For the treatment of a dry, tickly cough

  • Adults and children aged over 12 years: take 25 mg, allowing an interval of six to eight hours between doses.
  • Children six to 12 years of age: take 12.5 mg to 25 mg, allowing an interval of six to eight hours between doses.
  • Children two to six years of age: take 12.5 mg, allowing an interval of six to eight hours between doses.

Use of this medication in children under two years of age is not recommended.

Major drug interactions

Although some medicines should never be used together, it may be necessary to use two or more different medicines simultaneously, even though an interaction will occur. If this applies in your case, your doctor may decide to change the dose or may advise you to take other precautions.

Some drugs should not be used with certain types of food, as interactions may occur. The use of tobacco or alcohol may also cause unwanted interactions to take place when used with certain drugs. Before you begin using this medication, you should discuss the use of the product with tobacco, alcohol or particular foods.

When taking with any of the following medications, chlophedianol can cause drowsiness:

  • diphenhydramine
  • alprazolam
  • diazepam
  • zolpidem
  • codeine
  • chlorpromazine
  • risperidone
  • amitriptyline
  • trazodone

This list is not necessarily exhaustive, so do tell your doctor if you are currently taking any other prescription or non-prescription medicines, vitamin supplements or herbal remedies.

Warnings

Chlophedianol will add to the effects of some CNS depressants and to alcohol, potentially causing drowsiness. Avoid using hay fever remedies, antihistamines, cold medication, sedatives, sleeping drugs, narcotics, seizure medication, muscle relaxants, anesthetics, or barbiturates while you are using this medicine. You should also avoid consuming large quantities of beverages that contain caffeine, including coffee, tea, cocoa, and cola while you are taking this medication. If you have any questions or concerns about this, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use chlophedianol if you have a cough that generates excessive amounts of phlegm or mucus. This medication works by decreasing coughing, making it difficult for patients to remove any mucus that collects in the airways or lungs. This could potentially lead to a serious chest infection or even pneumonia.

Chlophedianol should not be used in children under two years of age.

If your cough has not shown considerable improvement after seven days of treatment with this medicine, if you develop a fever, if you have a skin rash, or if you have a continual headache, consult your doctor immediately. Any or all of these symptoms could indicate that you have an undiagnosed medical condition that requires further investigation and appropriate treatment.

Chlophedianol can cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people. If you are affected in this way, do not drive, do not operate machinery, and do not undertake any other potentially dangerous activity that requires you to feel alert, until the effects have subsided or you have stopped using the medicine.

In addition, you should limit your consumption of alcohol while you are using this medication, as this can add to feelings of drowsiness.

Studies have shown that the treatment of pregnant women with chlophedianol is safe in all trimesters. However, you may wish to discuss the risks and benefits of using this drug during pregnancy with your treating physician, before you begin using it to treat your cough.

There is currently no documentary evidence to suggest that chlophedianol can pass into breast milk and adversely affect a nursing infant. However, if you are currently breastfeeding and have concerns in this regard, you should discuss this with your doctor or midwife. To be on the safe side, you may prefer to use a suitable baby formula until your cough has resolved and you are no longer using the medicine.

Storage

Always keep your supply of chlophedianol in the bottle it came in and at room temperature. Keep the bottle upright and shake it before use.

Do not freeze or refrigerate the medication.

Keep the medication away from direct sunlight and do not expose it to sources of extreme heat, such as radiators. Do not mix the medicine with water.

Keep the medication safely out of reach of children and pets. If you suspect that a pet has consumed chlophedianol, you should seek veterinary advice immediately.

Do not use any medication that has passed the use-by date shown on the bottle.

Do not flush any leftover or out-of-date medication down the toilet or empty it into the drains.

Summary

Chlophedianol is used to treat and prevent the symptoms of irritating dry and tickly coughs that do not produce phlegm or mucus. The medication works by acting on the area of the patient’s brain that triggers the cough reflex in the lungs.

You can buy chlophedianol from your pharmacist, without the need for a doctor’s prescription, and the medication comes in the form of an easy-to-take, soothing syrup.

The medication is very safe to use with very few recognised side-effects, however it should not be used in children under the age of two. To be on the safe side, before you start taking chlophedianol, you should discuss your medical history fully with your doctor. You should also mention any allergies or bad reactions that you have suffered in the past when taking any drug, preservative, dye, animal product, or particular foodstuff.

In order to get the maximum benefit from taking chlophedianol, it is a good idea to discuss your general medical condition with your doctor first. This will ensure that the root cause of your cough has been addressed, rather than just treating the symptoms of it. If your condition fails to improve within a week or so of starting treatment with chlophedianol, or if the cough becomes accompanied by mucus or phlegm, be sure to consult your doctor straight away.

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Last Reviewed:
December 23, 2017
Last Updated:
February 09, 2018