Frequently Asked Questions about Helixia® Cough Prospan®

HELIXIA® Cough Prospan®

Is Helixia® Cough Prospan® suitable for use in children under 6 years old?

The product is approved in Canada for use in children of all ages, and is even suitable for children under 6 years of age. In children under 1 year of age, consult a healthcare professional before use or if use exceeds 7 days.4

The recommended dosing for the product takes into consideration a child’s body weight, which can affect how medicines work.4 Since not all children are the same size according to their age, using body weight to determine the proper dosage is more effective and accurate than dosing based on age alone.14

Helixia® Cough Prospan® does NOT contain dextromethorphan and guaifenesin.14

Why does the packaging insert for Helixia® Cough Prospan® say to consult a healthcare professional before use in infants under 1 year old?

The product should only be used in children under 1 year of age after consulting a healthcare professional. Intake at this age should always be closely monitored. Like all medicines, the product comes with the potential to cause adverse reactions. Adverse reactions are not common with the product but if they were to happen, these reactions would require particular attention in children less than 1 year of age.

Is Helixia® Cough Prospan® recommended and efficacious for dry or wet cough?

The product helps to relieve coughs by helping loosen mucus and phlegm.4

A person with a dry cough does not produce mucus and phlegm when coughing, while someone with a wet cough does. A dry cough is often bothersome because it leads to irritated throat and lungs, and a wet cough may be just as bothersome because of the excess mucus it produces. Because the product has a dual action of relieving coughs and loosening mucus and phlegm, it is suitable for dry cough or to loosen and expel the mucus and phlegm associated with a wet cough.

Are there restrictions for use of Helixia® Cough Prospan® in certain types of patients?4

Children and adults allergic to ivy, sorbitol, or to any of the other ingredients in the product should not use it.

If a woman is pregnant or breast-feeding, she should consult a healthcare professional before taking the product. The product may be suitable for use in diabetic patients because it is sucrose-free (sorbitol is added as a sugar substitute). Athletes may also use the product because ivy leaf extract is not a prohibited substance according to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) regulations.4 The product does not cause drowsiness and is alcohol-free, therefore it may be safely used by pilots or by anyone driving a motor vehicle.