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Where's my cough medicine?

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Earlier this year, a number of medicines containing the ingredient Dextromethorphan were reclassified by Medsafe from ‘general’ to ‘restricted’, meaning they are now Pharmacist only.

This was due to concerns that these products may be being misused, particularly among teenagers.

As a result, some winter go-to cough and cold medicines are now located behind the Pharmacy Counter.


Some of the products that have been newly restricted include:

• Benadryl PE Dry Cough & Nasal Decongestion Syrup

• Bisolvon Dry Honey Lime Pastilles & Dry Cough Liquid

• Codral PE Cold & Flu + Cough Capsules

• Coldrex PE Day & Night Tablets

• Dimetapp Day & Night Capsules & DM Elixir

• Pharmacy Health Congested Cold & Cough Syrup

• Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion Syrup & Dry

Cough Forte Syrup

• Strepsils Dry Cough Lozenges

• Vicks Formula 44 Dry Cough Syrup

‘Gees Linctus’ was also reclassified and is now only available with a doctor’s prescription.


What does that mean for you?

Some things you might have previously been able to pick up in the supermarket, are now only available at your Pharmacy.

You can find these products behind the Pharmacy counter. Just talk to your pharmacist and they will be able to assist you.


Don’t be offended if your pharmacist asks a few questions. With pharmacist only medicines, pharmacists are legally required to record your name and address. They also just want to make sure you are getting the right product to help you feel better faster. It’s great if you have your Living Rewards card on hand as this can make the process easier.


If you’re feeling a bit under the weather with a cold this winter, pop in and see your friendly Unichem and Life Pharmacy team for the right relief to help you feel better faster.