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Advice About Active Ingredients

The CODRAL® range of product provides effective temporary relief from a range of Cold & flu symptoms. Many CODRAL® products are Pharmacy Only medicines and contain two or more of four key ingredient types to help relieve different symptoms.

Headache - Paracetamol & Codeine Phosphate - Pain Relievers

Pain Relievers

Paracetamol is an analgesic that is thought to inhibit a pain-transmitting enzyme produced in the brain.

Paracetamol works to relieve headaches and other body aches and pains. Paracetamol also helps reduce fever.

Codeine Phosphate is a strong pain reliever from the morphine family. Codeine works by altering the way that pain is received by pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord.

Codeine works to relieve headaches and body aches and pain.

Dry cough - Cough Suppressant & Cough Expectorant

Cough Suppressant

Dextromethorphan is used for the relief of a dry cough. It works by suppressing the cough reflex.

Cough Expectorant

Guaiphenesin is used for the relief of a mucus cough. It works by thinning the mucus to loosen chest congestion which helps to cough it up and get it off your chest.

Sneezing and watery eyes -Chlorpheniramine Maleate - Antihistamine

Antihistamine

Chlorpheniramine Maleate is a sedating antihistamine. It is used for the relief of a runny nose and watery eyes. As it is a sedating antihistamine, it also aids rest.

Blocked nose - Pseudoephedrine & Phenylephrine - Decongestants

Decongestants

Phenylephrine helps to relieve blocked and runny noses. Medicines containing Phenylephrine can be found in front of the counter and may be self selected by the consumer.

Sore Throat

Sore Throat

Antibacterial agent Cetylpyridinium chloride helps to kill bacteria.

Benzyl alcohol helps to kill bacteria.

Anaesthetic Benzocaine rapidly numbs painful sore throats.