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Brand name: Benadryl Cough Medicine for Dry Coughs TM

Active ingredients: dextromethorphan + diphenhydramine, dextromethorphan + pseudoephedrine

What it is used for

Relieves symptoms of dry cough and cold.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 18 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear dark red viscous liquid

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacy without prescription. It is Schedule 2 : Pharmacy Medicine.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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