Cough and cold medicines which contain pholcodine are being withdrawn over safety concerns.

The medicines are being withdrawn following a review which found the risks of a very rare allergic reaction linked to pholcodine outweighed the health benefits of the drug.

Healthcare professionals have been advised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to stop dispensing these medicines and recommend other products for patients instead.

People who are currently taking cough tablets or syrups should check the packaging to see if pholcodine is a listed ingredient. People should also tell their anesthetists before they have surgery if they have taken a pholcodine-product in the past 12 months, the MHRA has said.

According to the BBC, the medicines affected include Boots Night Cough Relief Oral Solution, Boots Dry Cough Syrup 6 Years +, Boots Day Cold & Fly Relief Oral Solution, Covonia Dry Cough Sugar Free Formula, and Superdrug Pholcodine Linctus BP.

This story is being updated.

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