Q: What changes are taking place?
A: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised that cough and cold medicines with certain active ingredients should no longer be labelled for use in children under 6 and medicines with certain combinations of active ingredients will be available for use in children 6 and above up until March 2010, but after this date they will no longer be labelled for use in children under 12.
Tixylix® is following this advice and making the necessary label changes to its product range. We would recommend that you ask your local pharmacist or healthcare professional for up to date advice on treating your child’s cough and cold symptoms.
Q: Are cough and cold medicines still suitable to use?
A: Yes, you can still treat children over 6 with cough and cold medicines suitable for this age group. As with all medicines, it is important that dosage instructions are followed carefully. Cough and cold products should not be taken together or with any other medicines without the advice of your pharmacist or healthcare professional.
If you are unsure about what to do, then please consult a pharmacist or healthcare professional.
Tixylix is committed to children’s safety and the appropriate use of our products.
Tixylix has been providing effective relief of children’s cough and cold symptoms, when used as directed, for more than 40 years. Parents and caregivers can continue to trust and rely on these medicines for their children.
Q: What can I give my child under 6 when s/he has a cough or cold?
A: Fever and high temperatures: treat with ‘anti-pyretics’ i.e. ibuprofen or paracetamol. (NB Follow the directions on pack. Paracetamol is not for children under two months. Ibuprofen is not for children under 3 months.)
- Coughs: use a soothing cough mixture containing glycerol and for children aged 1 year and above honey and lemon.
Congestion / blocked nose: vapour rubs, saline drops and inhalant decongestants can be used to help make breathing easier.
You can find more information on how to treat your child’s cough and cold symptoms by clicking through to: www.pagb.co.uk.
Always read and follow instructions on the label and ask your pharmacist or healthcare professional for advice. Alternatively, you can contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or log on to their website www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.
Q: What do I do if I have a bottle of Tixylix® at home - should I throw it away or can I continue to give it to my child?
A: Tixylix® Baby Syrup is not affected by these changes and you can continue to use with infants from 3 months old.
If your child is aged 6 to 10, you can still use Tixylix® Chesty Cough and Tixylix® Dry Cough in accordance with the recommended dosage instructions. However, it is now not recommended that you should give them to children under 6. The MHRA have advised that these products will not be removed from shelves and can continue to be sold for use in children 6 and over until the newly labelled packaging is introduced. Tixylix® will be relabelling these products as soon as possible to reflect the new age recommendations.
Tixylix® Night Cough and Tixylix® Cough & Cold contain a combination of active ingredients which under the new MHRA advice can now only be used in children 6 and over. The MHRA have advised that these products will not be removed from shelves and can continue to be sold for use in children 6 and over until March 2010 at the latest. After this date it will be recommended that they are not used in children under 12. Therefore, after this date these 2 products will no longer be available.
The MHRA have advised that these products will not be removed from shelves and can continue to be sold until March 2010 at the latest.
Please do not be concerned if you have given any of these Tixylix® medicines to your child as they have been used for decades in the UK.
If you are unsure about what to do following the recent change in advice, please ask your pharmacist or healthcare professional for up to date advice on treating your child’s cough and cold symptoms.
Q: What products are in the Tixylix range and what are they for?
A: The Tixylix range is made up of various products that can help a child with a cough or cold. Please visit our product range page for the latest information.
Q: How often can I use Tixylix medicines?
A: You should always read the instructions on the packaging carefully as well as the leaflet inside the carton. Both these items will recommend the quantity and dosage of the medicine that should be given to your child. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. Make sure you always read the label. If the cough or cold symptoms persist for more than 5 days you should see your doctor.