Famel Syrup

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Famel Syrup
Famel Syrup
Year: 1955
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Item #: 991
Coughs? take Famel Syrup ...soothes sore throat - eases the chest. From all chemists.
Source: Picture Post. February 19, 1955

Comment by: ROBERT SHAW on 25th May 2022 at 17:23

Sixty years ago, as a little cathedral chorister, Famel was easily the best throat clearer. I recall pastilles as well as syrup. Still singing nowadays!

Comment by: karen Zorn on 2nd April 2022 at 16:43

Is there anyone who collect different medicine from Famel Syrup
from ChemDrug Corp./ New York. With Dist. of E Fougera & Co.
My grandparents gave me a bottle that never been open. Would it still be good. I have had it for about 40 yr.
Thanks Karen

Comment by: Pat on 20th December 2021 at 09:24

Yes you are all right had a cough for about 6 YEARS cannot get Friday of it, had all test but just a cough wish we could buy it

Comment by: Jay on 23rd July 2021 at 02:18

I remember what this tastes like and I loved it and it really really worked there is nothing out there at all that works like this

Comment by: Janice Bartholomeusz on 22nd March 2020 at 02:01

The best thing in the world. I reckon it would help people with virus now

Comment by: Anne O’Leary on 18th January 2019 at 21:10

My Dad (a former industrial chameidt) swore by Famel.
Just googled it for my daughter who has a maddening cough but noticed it’s now banned!
I remember the taste of creosote but ... it worked.

Comment by: Pauline on 17th January 2019 at 18:39

I hated the taste of famel syrup, but it worked, it cleared the phlegm proper. I certainly could do with it right now, as nothing else works.

Comment by: Anne on 10th January 2019 at 20:02

I asked about Famel Syrup in Boots the chemist today as it was great at shifting the catarrah. It tasted foul but did the trick. Anyway the chemist said it ceased being sold as it contained morphine so was banned!! What a shame !

Comment by: Mark on 3rd January 2019 at 20:46

It got stopped like everything else that’s work. The corporation have interest in pharmaceuticals only. It’s there investment peoples lives don’t matter. Money does. Such a shame but that’s the way

Comment by: Ben Walsh on 11th October 2018 at 20:09

I was just talking to my sister about various childhood memories and Famels cough startup came up. It was dished out to us children at the slightest hint of a cough or cold and generally did the trick. I do have to say I loved the taste of it. About 10 years ago whilst suffering with a cough on holiday I went into a traditional chemist and asked if they sold it. The chemist looked at me in puzzlement and said she’d never heard of it. She went away and checked and told me that it isn’t produced anymore. A real shame as it actually worked. Cough syrups today just don’t work!

Comment by: Tim on 23rd January 2017 at 23:44

Anyone know where to get some today?

Comment by: Patricia on 28th March 2016 at 19:25

Famel syrup never failed to do the trick. I always had a tin of the pastilles in my bag. One of those stopped anything getting a hold. They tasted great and that smell of creosote was heaven. I suppose it was the knowledge of how effective it was. Why do all the really good products have to be replaced?

Comment by: Joan on 18th October 2015 at 09:52

My mother suffered with her chest most of her adult life but she always said Famel was the only liquid that would lift the phlegm off her chest. I have tried to purchase it but cannot fined it on the shelves anymore.

Any ideas please

Comment by: Ramona Giron on 6th April 2015 at 19:23

I recently came across a small full bottle of this at a give away. The family's grandfather had passed snd had many antique treasures. I picked it up on the off chance it would be worth something. If anyone knows please contact me.

Comment by: dusty bloo on 20th January 2015 at 20:53

there was nothing better than famel syrup have a spoon full in tea or coffee till u get used to the taste then sip it from the bottle but not a lot it can make u drousy bi for now

Comment by: Pearl Haycock on 30th November 2014 at 21:40

I am 62 years of age and I was talking to my Mum about when she used to force me to take 'Famel' linctus. I didn't know what was in it, I just used to know how HORRIBLE it tasted!!! I can still taste it now after all these years. I don't like Jaggers and I know why!!! They taste like FAMEL!!!

Comment by: Donald on 24th March 2014 at 15:46

Famels Syrup was the only thing,apart from warm sunshine, that would cure my cough. It contained medicinal creosote! Didn't they used to say that the guys who tarmaced the roads never got colds?

Comment by: Helen on 21st February 2014 at 12:42

I remember Famel Syrup , the cure for all !! Looking back I think we were probably all addicted to the stuff. Gone but never forgotten.

Comment by: Mike Mcdonnell on 18th February 2014 at 13:52

Just another part of life gone in the nanny state rollercoaster,where the hells my Famel syryp gone

Comment by: Dazla67 on 4th February 2014 at 22:58

OMG!!! Famel my childhood elixir helped me through alot of chesty problems. I wish I had a gallon of it now what's a little creasote among friends lol its probably why I love jagermeister so much! Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope we see a return from this delicious nectar but I won't hold my breath!!!

Comment by: Mike on 19th December 2013 at 11:01

It always worked for me and the pastels as well.They were like sweets.RIP

Comment by: James Hicken on 23rd January 2013 at 14:28

I remember Famel too. I worked for the Keldon Grouo of companies during the 60's namely Optrex Ltd which sold Famel to Pharmcies only, along with many other products. Famel was a cough mixture containing I believe creasote!! The stuff you put on fences!! but it seemed to do the trick when taken for the chest. Amazing! No!

Comment by: Suzy Jacobs on 29th August 2012 at 17:29

I was given this as a child ,and now in older age I have developed the same sort of cough,to which the doctors keep prescribing asthma pumps whcih do not work,I know if I was to have Famel Syrup again I would be cured,where can I get it from ?

Comment by: Trunky on 18th December 2011 at 20:46

I must have got through pints of that stuff as a boy. Apparently the indredients also included creosote, no wonder it was so effective at clearing chesty coughs!

Comment by: gail stock on 8th December 2011 at 07:17

I can remember this it didn't taste very nice but it worked,wish you counld still get it

Comment by: emma on 22nd October 2011 at 12:45

my gran used to give me this when i was young in the late 70's and i can remember it really working

Comment by: E Bonner on 31st August 2011 at 13:03

It has opiods in it that's why you can't get it now and why it worked. I can still have a memory of it's taste. Lovely

Comment by: colin sterry on 23rd July 2010 at 18:26

this the only throat mixture that ever worked, now Icannot find it anywhere. How can I get some?

Comment by: David on 21st October 2009 at 11:02

I am 51 yrs old & in recovery from a long history of Opiate (mainly Heroin) dependency. My Opiate addiction started with Famel Syrup (contaiins Codiene) when I was 5 yrs old - I used to raid my parents medicine cabinet and take huge swigs as I loved the taste & It stopped me crying!!! So beware!!!

Comment by: June Russell on 20th February 2009 at 08:52

I used to love this cough syrup, where is it now!!!