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Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Roger HendersonReviewed on 29.04.2024 | 3 minutes read

Bronchostop is a traditional herbal cough medicine used to relieve all types of cough, including dry, tickly, and chesty coughs. It is suitable for adults and children aged twelve and above. You are able to buy it over-the-counter from any online or local pharmacy.

Doctor’s advice

How do I take it?

Bronchostop is available in two formulations: oral syrup and pastilles. You can dilute the syrup in water or warm tea if you like. Alternatively, you can use the pastilles, which some people prefer, and you simply suck the pastilles in your mouth, allowing them to dissolve.

Bronchostop syrup may delay the absorption of other medications. As a precautionary measure, you should not take it within half an hour to one hour of taking other medications. It is not necessary to follow this advice for the pastilles. If your symptoms worsen or do not improve after seven days of using Bronchostop, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

How does it work?

Bronchostop contains thyme that acts as an expectorant. It may help relieve a chesty cough. A build-up of thick mucus (phlegm) in your airways can be a contributing cause to a chesty cough. Expectorants work by aiming to thin and loosen the mucus in your chest and throat by increasing the amount of fluid produced in your airways. Therefore, making it easier to cough the mucus up. Bronchostop also works as a demulcent, which means it is a medicine that forms a soothing coat over the lining of the throat, which reduces the coughing impulse and relieves any associated pain and discomfort in the throat. However, it is not fully clear how effective Bronchostop is as there is a limited amount of scientific evidence to support its effectiveness. As with all safe over-the-counter treatment options, there will be some people it works well for. Take a look at our guide to coughs. If it works for you, then it's a good choice!

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Who should not take the medication?

Do not take Bronchostop if you are allergic to thyme, other members of the Lamiaceae family (such as basil, rosemary, or sage), or another ingredient listed in the medicine. Do not give Bronchostop to children under twelve. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not take Bronchostop.

If you have asthma, you should speak with your doctor before taking Bronchostop as it has the potential to worsen your asthma symptoms. Also, you should talk to your doctor before taking Bronchostop if you: are prone to develop allergic reactions, have diabetes, or are intolerant to certain sugars like fructose, as it may not be suitable for you.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medications, some people may experience side effects. With Bronchostop, these can include feeling sick, being sick, diarrhoea, and stomach ache. If any side effects are persistent or bothersome, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

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