FAQs

Q) Can you take Lemsip capsules if you have a history of raised blood pressure/hypertension?
Some Lemsip products contain decongestants which work by constricting the blood vessels; this action may worsen raised blood pressure/hypertension. Therefore Lemsip, which contains decongestant, should not be taken by people with a history of raised blood pressure/hypertension. Check individual packs for any cautionary statements.
Q) Can you take Lemsip if you have a history of coronary artery disease, cardiac failure, or any other heart problem?
Some Lemsip products should be avoided by people with a history of coronary artery disease, cardiac failure, or any other heart problem. Please discuss with a doctor or pharmacist before use.
Q) Can you take Lemsip if you have asthma?
People with asthma should discuss the use of Lemsip with their doctor or pharmacist prior to using any of the products.
Q) Can you take Lemsip if you have a history of an overactive thyroid/hyperthyroidism?
Lemsip should be avoided by people with a history of an overactive thyroid/hyperthyroidism as the active decongestants in the products may worsen symptoms. This is not the case for underactive thyroid/hypothyroidism sufferers.
Q) Can you take Lemsip during pregnancy?
Some products are not suitable for use during pregnancy or breast feeding. Discuss with your pharmacist or doctor what's best for you.
Q) Can you take Lemsip while breast feeding?
Some products are not suitable for use during pregnancy or breast feeding. Discuss with your pharmacist or doctor what's best for you.
Q) Is Lemsip suitable for use by people with diabetes?
Lemsip sachets do contain sugar however Lemsip capsules are sugar free. Check the back of pack or speak to pharmacist or doctor.
Q) Does Lemsip contain lactose?
Some Lemsip products do contain Lactose. See individual packs which state if they contain Lactose.
Q) Can boiling water be used when preparing Lemsip sachets?
Lemsip packaging includes directions for hot water due to potential risk of scalding when using boiling water to mix with the contents of the sachets. This is because Lemsip sachet contents are effervescent and the volume of water may increase rapidly, leading to possible spillage of the product. Efficacy is not altered by adding boiling water to the sachet's contents.
Q) Can Lemsip be prepared with cold water?
Lemsip should only be prepared as per the instructions; preparation with cold water may result in abnormal mixing of ingredients and is not recommended.
Q) Can Lemsip be taken concurrently with prescribed antibiotics?
There are no specific known reactions between Lemsip and prescribed antibiotics.
Q) Can Lemsip be taken concurrently with prescribed antidepressants?
Lemsip is not suitable for patients taking antidepressants. Discuss with your doctor before use.
Q) What is the recommended period between doses of Lemsip?
You should leave at least 4 hours between doses of Lemsip. See individual packs for dosage instructions
Q) How long can I use Lemsip for?
Adults: Do not use for more than a few days unless advised by a doctor. Adolescents & Children over 12 years: Do not use for more than 48 hours, unless advised by a doctor.
Q) What should I do if I suspect I've taken an overdose of Lemsip?
If you're concerned you've taken an overdose of Lemsip you should ring NHS Direct, or talk to a doctor or healthcare professional straight away, taking the packaging with you.
Q) Is Lemsip Vegetarian?
Some Lemsip products are not vegetarian.
Q) Which Lemsip products are NOT suitable for vegetarians?
Lemsip products not suitable for vegetarians are: Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Capsules, Lemsip Max Sinus Capsules, Lemsip Max All in One Capsules, Lemsip Cough Max for Mucus Cough and Cold Capsules.