Eating a large amount of cough drop can lead to stomach upset with nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea can occur if artificial sweeteners are present in the lozenge as they can have a laxative effect. Cough drops can also pose a choking hazard to small children. If you find your child eating cough drops, don’t panic.
A very severe allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you get any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, difficulty breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
Cough drops can be helpful for a sore throat or a nagging cough. In general, cough drops cannot cause an overdose and are safe to use. Its active ingredient, menthol, can lead to an overdose in extremely high quantities, which, however, can hardly be achieved even by consuming large quantities of cough drops.
The lethal dose of menthol is estimated to be around 1,000 mg (1 gram) per kilogram of body weight. In other words, someone who weighs 68 kg would probably have to eat more than 6,800 cough drops containing 10 mg of menthol in a short period of time to risk a fatal overdose.
Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold remedies are safe and effective when used as directed. But taking too much of it – intentionally or accidentally – can make you feel high. This can lead to some people abusing them.
Unlike other throat drops that use menthol or other alcohols to give you some pain relief, these are based on a herbal recipe with various ingredients that have been known to reduce pain and inflammation for hundreds of years. But that’s all it actually does – relieves the pain and reduces inflammation.
Do not use Ricola Natural Herb (menthol lozenges) longer than directed by your doctor. For treatment of severe sore throat, talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2 days or if you experience fever, headache, rash, stomach upset or vomiting.
Ingredients. Active Ingredient (in each drop) – Purposes. Menthol, 4.8 mg – cough suppressant, oral anaesthetic. Inactive ingredients: coloring (caramel), extract from a Ricola herbal mixture (elderberry, horehound, hyssop, lemon balm, linden blossom, mallow, peppermint, sage, thyme, wild thyme), natural flavor, corn syrup, sugar…
Try a cough suppressant.
If you have a wet cough with a lot of phlegm, consider taking an expectorant to help clear the phlegm. If you have a dry cough, a cough suppressant is just what you need.