Safety Information

Revised: 29 may 3013

Use of Cough and Cold Medicines in Children - New advice

List of affected medicines

A list of medicines approved for use in New Zealand which are affected by the Cough and Cold Review Group's recommendation to contraindicate their use in children less than six years of age when used to treat the symptoms of the common cold is available in Table 1.

A list of the medicines approved for use in New Zealand which remain contraindicated for use in children less than two years of age when used to treat the symptoms of the common cold is available in Table 2.

Table 1: Medicines which should not be used in children under six years of age to treat the symptoms of the common cold.

A B C D L M N O P R S V

Brand Name Ingredient intended to treat cold symptoms
A
Actifed pseudoephedrine
triprolidine
Actifed CC Chesty Cough guaifenesin
Actifed Chesty pseudoephedrine
guaifenesin
Actifed Dry pseudoephedrine
dextromethorphan
Allersoothe Tablets promethazine
Amcal Cough Suppressant Double Strength pholcodine
Amcal Cough Suppressant Regular Strength pholcodine
Amcal Expectorant Syrup guaifenesin
B
Baxters Lung Preserver ipecacuanha
Baxters Tickly Cough Mixture dextromethorphan
Benadryl Chesty Cough & Nasal Congestion guaifenesin
pseudoephedrine
Benadryl Chesty Forte guaifenesin
bromhexine
Benadryl Dry Cough & Nasal Congestion dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
Benadryl Dry Forte dextromethorphan
Benadryl Nightime dextromethorphan
diphenhydramine
Benadryl Original Cough Medicine diphenhydramine
Benylin Chesty Cough guaifenesin
Benylin Dry Cough dextromethorphan
diphenhydramine
Bisolvon Sinus Elixir bromhexine
pseudoephedrine
Broncelix Expectorant guaifenesin
Brondecon Expectorant guaifenesin
Buckleys DM dextromethorphan
C
Cepacol Cough, Lemon dextromethorphan
Children's Tixylix Night pholcodine
promethazine
Codicough pholcodine
Codicough Strong pholcodine
Codral Chesty Cough Liquid guaifenesin
bromhexine
Codral Cold & Flu phenylephrine
Codral Cold & Flu pseudoephedrine
Codral Cold & Flu + Cough Day & Night dextromethorphan
phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Codral Dry Cough Liquid pholcodine
Codral Nightime phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Codral Original Cold & Flu pseudoephedrine
Codral Original Cold & Flu + Cough pseudoephedrine
dextromethorphan
chlorphenamine
Codral Original Cold & Flu Max pseudoephedrine
chlorphenamine
Codral Original Day & Night pseudoephedrine

Coldrex Cold & Flu

pseudoephedrine

Coldrex Cough & Cold

dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine

Coldrex Day & Night

pseudoephedrine
chlorphenamine

Coldrex Hot Remedy Cold & Flu Plus with Nasal Decongestant

phenylephrine

Coldrex Night Relief

dextromethorphan
promethazine
Coldrex PE Cold & Flu, Night & Day phenylephrine
dextromethorphan
chlorphenamine
Coldrex PE Cold & Flu Plus phenylephrine
Coldrex PE Cough, Cold & Flu phenylephrine
guaifenesin
Coldrex PE Sinus phenylephrine
D
Day & Night Cold & Flu dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
chlorphenamine
Day & Night Cold & Flu + Cough dextromethorphan
phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Demazin pseudoephedrine
Demazin Cold Relief Blue phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Demazin Cold Relief Blue Paediatric Oral Drops phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Demazin Cold Relief Colour Free phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Demazin Cold Relief Colour Free Paediatric Oral Drops phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Demazin Day/Night Relief pseudoephedrine
Dexi-Tuss Cough Linctus Junior Dry dextromethorphan
Dexi-Tuss Cough Liquid Dry dextromethorphan
Dextromethorphan Cough Mixture dextromethorphan
Difflam Anti-Inflammatory Cough pholcodine
Difflam Anti-Inflammatory Lozenges with Cough Suppressant pholcodine
Dimetapp Chest Congestion Drops guaifenesin
Dimetapp Chesty Cough Elixir bromhexine
guaifenesin
Dimetapp Cold & Flu Day Relief dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
Dimetapp Cold & Flu Night Relief dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
doxylamine
Dimetapp Cough Cold & Flu Day + Night dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
doxylamine
Dimetapp Daytime/Nightime dextromethorphan
doxylamine
Dimetapp DM Drops Colour Free Cough & Cold dextromethorphan
phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp CM Drops Cough and Cold dextromethorphan
phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp DM Elixir Colour Free Cough & Cold dextromethorphan
phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp DM Elixir Cough & Cold dextromethorphan
phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp Elixir Cold & Allergy phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold & Allergy phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp Extra Strength Drops Cold & Allergy phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp Extra Strength Drops Colour Free Cold & Allergy phenylephrine
brompheniramine
Dimetapp Nightime Cold & Flu dextromethorphan
doxylamine
Diphenacough diphenhydramine
Dry Cough Mixture dextromethorphan
Dry Irritating Cough Mixture dextromethorphan
Dry Tickly Cough Mixture pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Chesty Cough Liquid plus Nasal Decongestant pseudoephedrine
bromhexine
Duro-Tuss Chesty Forte Cough Liquid guaifenesin
bromhexine
Duro-Tuss Chesty Forte Oral Liquid guaifenesin
bromhexine
Duro-Tuss Cough Liquid Expectorant pholcodine
bromhexine
Duro-Tuss Dry Cough Liquid Forte pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Dry Cough Liquid Junior pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Dry Cough Liquid Regular pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Dry Cough Liquid plus Nasal Decongestant pseudoephedrine
pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Dry Cough (Orange) pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Dry Cough (Lemon) pholcodine
Duro-Tuss Junior Chesty Oral Liquid guaifenesin
bromhexine
Duro-Tuss PE Dry Cough + Nasal Decongestant phenylephrine
pholcodine
L
Lemsip Chesty Cough Medicine guaifenesin
Lemsip Max All-In-One Cold & Flu phenylephrine
guaifenesin
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Day & Night phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Daytime phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Direct (Blackcurrant) phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Direct (Lemon) phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Goodnight phenylephrine
guaifenesin
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu with Decongestant phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu with Decongestant Hot Drink phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Flexi Cold & Flu phenylephrine
Lemsip Max Sinus phenylephrine
M
Maxiclear Cold and Flu Relief phenylephrine
Maxiclear Hayfever and Sinus Relief phenylephrine
Maxiclear Sinus and Pain Relief phenylephrine
Maxiclear Sinus Relief phenylephrine
Medco Tickly Cough Mixture dextromethorphan
N
No Frills Cough Mixture ipecacuanha
Nurofen Cold & Flu PE phenylephrine
Nurofen Cold & Flu with Decongestant pseudoephedrine
O
Orthoxicol Cold & Flu dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
Orthoxicol Day & Night Cold and Flu dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
chlorphenamine
P
Panadol Cold & Flu dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
Panadol Cold & Flu Max + Decongestant Powder phenylephrine
Panadol Cold & Flu Max + Decongestant Tablets phenylephrine
Panadol Cold & Flu Relief PE phenylephrine
dextromethorphan
Panadol Flu Strength Day & Night PE phenylephrine
dextromethorphan
chlorphenamine
Panadol Sinus Relief PE phenylephrine
Phensedyl Dry Family Cough pseudoephedrine
pholcodine
promethazine
Pholcodine BP pholcodine
Pholcodine Linctus pholcodine
Pholcodine Linctus BP pholcodine
Pholcodine Strong BP pholcodine
Pholcodine Strong Linctus pholcodine
R
Robitussin Chesty Cough guaifenesin
Robitussin Chesty Cough Forte bromhexine
guaifenesin
Robitussin Chesty Cough & Nasal Congestion PS pseudoephedrine
guaifenesin
Robitussin Children's Night Relief dextromethorphan
pseudoephedrine
chlorphenamine
Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion guaifenesin
dextromethorphan
Robitussin DMP Extra Strength pseudoephedrine
dextromethorphan
Robitussin Dry Cough dextromethorphan
Robitussin Dry Cough Forte dextromethorphan
Robitussin EX Cough Syrup guaifenesin
Robitussin Paediatric Chesty Cough guaifenesin
S
Sinutab Sinus,Allergy & Pain Relief pseudoephedrine
chlorphenamine
Sinutab Sinus & Pain Relief pseudoephedrine
Sinutab PE Sinus, Allergy & Pain Relief phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Sinutab PE Sinus & Pain Relief phenylephrine
Strepsils Chesty Cough Syrup guaifenesin
Strepsils Dry Cough dextromethorphan
Strepsils Dry Cough Extra Strength destromethorphan
Strepsils Dry Cough Syrup dextromethorphan
Strong Pholcodine Linctus BP pholcodine
Stubborn Dry Tickly Cough pholcodine
Sudafed Congestion & Sinus Pain Relief pseudoephedrine
Sudafed for Children pseudoephedrine
Sudafed PE Nasal Decongestant phenylephrine
Sudafed PE Sinus + Allergy & Pain Relief phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Sudafed PE Sinus + Pain Relief phenylephrine
Sudafed PE Sinus Day + Night Relief phenylephrine
chlorphenamine
Sudafed Sinus 12 Hour Relief pseudoephedrine
Sudafed Sinus and Nasal Decongestant pseudoephedrine
Sudafed Sinus + Allergy & Pain Relief pseudoephedrine
triprolidine
Sudafed Sinus + Pain Relief pseudoephedrine
Sudafed Sinus Day + Night Relief pseudoephedrine
triprolidine
Sudomyl Elixir pseudoephedrine
Sudomyl Tablets pseudoephedrine
V
Vicks Cough Syrup Honey Flavour for Dry Cough dextromethorphan
Vicks Cough Lozenges Honey Flavour for Dry Cough dextromethorphan
Vicks Cough Syrup Honey Flavour for Chesty Cough guaifenesin
Vicks Formula 44 Expectorant & Cough Suppressant Syrup dextromethorphan
guaifenesin
Vicks Formula 44 for Dry Coughs dextromethorphan
Vicks Formula 44 for Chesty Coughs guaifenesin


Table 2: Medicines which should not be used in children under two years of age to treat the symptoms of the common cold.

A B D L O V

Brand Name Ingredient intended to treat cold symptoms
A
At Eze oxymetazoline
B
Bisolvon Chesty Forte bromhexine
Bisolvon Chesty Tablets bromhexine
D
Demazin Decongestant Nasal Spray oxymetazoline
Demazin Decongestant Nasal Spray Metered Pump oxymetazoline
Demazin Paediatric Decongestant Nasal Drops oxymetazoline
Dimetapp 12 Hour Nasal Spray oxymetazoline
Drixine Adult Nasal Drops oxymetazoline
Drixine Decongestant Nasal Spray oxymetazoline
Drixine Metered Pump Decongestant Nasal Spray oxymetazoline
Drixine Paediatric Decongestant Nasal Drops oxymetazoline
Drixine Paediatric Metered Dose Spray oxymetazoline
Drixine Paediatric Nasal Drops oxymetazoline
Duro-Tuss Chesty Cough Liquid Regular bromhexine
L
Logicin Rapid Relief Nasal Spray oxymetazoline
O
Otrivin Adult Nasal Drops xylometazoline
Otrivin Adult Nasal Spray xylometazoline
Otrivin Junior Nasal Drops xylometazoline
Otrivin Junior Nasal Spray xylometazoline
Otrivin Menthol Adult Nasal Spray xylometazoline
Otrivine Menthol Nasal Drops xylometazoline
Otrivine Menthol Nasal Spray xylometazoline
V
Vicks Sinex 12 Hour oxymetazoline
Vicks Sinex 12 Hour Ultra Fine Mist oxymetazoline