May 13, 2008

Buckley's Cough Syrup: Vile, But Effective

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I've been sicker than a coolant-lapping hound the past week with the flu, and one of the nagging symptoms of this wicked ailment has been a scratchy throat. I've tried a few over-the-counter medicines to help soothe and quiet my irritating cough, but none have yet worked.

As someone who has to lecture for hours on end, my voice is one of the few parts of me that needs to properly function in order to teach my students. So it was with a touch of desperation that I asked the pharmacist for advice, and he recommended Buckley's cough suppressant.

Now, I have seen the Buckley's commercials, and they always play up the fact that the medicine does not have a pleasant taste. I've consumed my share of foul-tasting medicines over the years, but I was wholly unprepared for the utter repugnance of this concoction.

As I typed this post, I took a small swig of this loathsome product to refresh my memory. I will next try to capture via the written word the experience of taking a teaspoon full of this swill:

A salty-sweet-hot taste sensation blended with a minty camphor, plus hints of Castor oil, oregano, and old sweat socks.

In a word: blecch!

Yet, the medicine most definitely quiets a nagging dry cough, and soothes a person's irritated throat. One hint: as much as you will want to chase down this appalling liquid with a glass of water, Buckley's works better if you tough it out for a few minutes. The bonus with a putrid product like this is a person would never have to worry about addiction and drug rehab, since even a hard-core junky would not want to repeatedly quaff this medicine.

21 comments:

Carol said...

Sounds like the stuff we used to get dosed with as kids - Turpin Hydrate. Good grief! that was some nasty stuff. But it worked like nothing else. Hope you're feeling better soon. Never any fun to be sick.

Mad Jack said...

What you do is get a bottle of that Hawaiian Punch and pour some off, then pour the cough syrup into the punch. Add about a cup or so of vodka. When you start feeling lousy, take a few aspirin and wash them down with a real healthy belt or three.

You probably shouldn't drink more than one of these a day, but hey, if you're sick and all, it'll help.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine from South Carolina told me about Buckley’s last year. Well this year, several people in the office got sick from this really hard flu bug and then got sick again, some are on their third time! Well I got sick the second time it came around & he reminded me to take Buckley’s. I took it at 12/30/08 @9pm and could breathe about 4 mins later. It was the best I felt in 3 days. *I must admit I was ready to about fight someone after I first tasted it, cause I was so out done that it tasted so bad!!! I was warned, but until you taste it- you have no idea.

I've since recommended it to several friends & I continue to improve, it’s worth the taste. Jan in Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that my whole family is laughing our arses off at you post. I currently have a cold with an irritating cough and found the putrid Buckley's liquid in the medicine cabinet. The wife had got the stuff for free at one of the chain drugstores a couple of months ago. I almost gagged half of it out in the sink thinking that someone had tried to poison me. I had thoughts of being one of tomorrow's headlines regarding another story of product tampering going deadly. Or was it my wife trying to get at the insurance money? If was after I found your humorous post that I started to have my fears eased. My wife and son then tried the ghastly formula. Descriptions of horse liniment and drinking Vicks Vapor Rub were voiced. But guess what? After having a coughing spell from laughing so hard, I haven't coughed since. We have subsequently retrieved the bottle from the waster basket. And now I understand why they were giving the stuff away for free.

Anonymous said...

My friend in Canada clued me in to Buckley's and if I have a dry hacking cough, I won't settle for anything else. At work, (my mother taught me to share) we describe the taste as "Menthol, Eucalyptus, Kerosene, and Aqua Velva." I just moved to North Carolina and am trying to find it SOMEWHERE here. With no dyes, it's really one of the few I can take.

Angie from Denver said...

I can still clearly remember the one and only time I tried Buckley's Cough Syrup. I was desperate with coughing and a friend had gotten a bottle for free (and he had no knowledge of what it was like). He offered it to me and after reading the front label, opened it and immediately downed a large gulp. The very first thing that went through my mind was "OMG, I just poisoned myself. I just ingested something that was actually supposed to be rubbed onto my body and I need to call the Poison Control Center or 911". While trying to avoid vomiting (some poisons you aren't supposed to vomit up) I read the label and discovered that I did, indeed, used the contents correctly. It did help a great deal and will give it a go again in the future if necessary. But man, that is some vile stuff!

PuReAnGeL said...

You guys are so hilarious!

I have use Buckly's for years! My favorite one. I can't handle other kind of cough syrup such as DM and others.... they taste awful. I know This Buckly's taste worse but not to me. My trick is boiling hot water in a coffee cup then one TABLEspoon (or two teaspoons) of Bucky's then ADD one TEAspoon HONEY. Then mix well. Go back to the living room and relax.. watch good movie while sip it slowly with a spoon. :) (sorry my English is really bad) Trust me. You will kiss it!

Anonymous said...

I was introduced in to it by inlaws in Bahamas. It tastes like it has ammonia in it and truly would poison you. I have found if i feel the symptoms coming on, it is worth getting past the vile taste to avoid the onslaught of sickness. I wish I could find it here.

Anonymous said...

Swigging Buckley's is truly an experience! Sure clears out your ear canals! A decade or so ago, I used to have bouts of horrible bronchitis, with weeks of uncontrollable coughing -- Buckley's was the only thing that worked, and, boy did it! Luckily with age (64) & a post-retirement stint helping my daughter run an in-home child day-care (where I was exposed to every germ imaginable), I haven't been sick for over 8 years. My immune system is impenetrable!

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool site you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to this matter. BTW, try to add some pics :).

Anonymous said...

I'm an American, but discovered Buckley's (and its magical awfulness) while abroad. Went to the Buckley's website, and found that it's sold over the counter in Rite Aid stores here in the US.

And the reviews are right. It's profoundly foul. I had the same reaction as one of the posters - "Oh crap, I just poisoned myself. This is for external use only" - but reread the directions, shook my head, and...realized that I wasn't coughing.

Anonymous said...

I have been coughing for about 2 months now. Taken everything the sell OTC - no help. My neighbor gave me a bottle of Buckley's and warned me that it was horrible tasting. Took some last night for 1st time - EWWWWEEE! Like drinking pine tree sap. Trick is to hold your nose.

Anonymous said...

First time I took it this aft: I took the cap off and immediately smelled bleach...took a teaspoon and tasted bleach and hot peppers.
I thought I could smell turpentine, so didn't go near the fireplace...It was vile. I felt sick and dizzy and had a burning sensation in my ear...needless to say...I am still coughing and happy to do so...Buckley's: tastes like #@$% because it is...

Buckley's Cough Mixture said...

it is really effective Cough Syrup....

Anonymous said...

Please tell me where to find it. I used Buckley's and it really works. I have been trying to find it for a month and can't. Please help!! I need some in Akron OH or a nearby area.

Anonymous said...

Being allergic to almost every dye and artificial flavor under the sun, you can imagine how difficult it is to find a cough syrup.

Luckily there's Buckley's even with all its vileness. And it is...Vile...The taste makes me feel nauseous but hey, I'm not coughing!

Anonymous said...

Dear All,


i life in The Netherlands( Holland ), Europe, before i could order Buckley in england,but now it;s not availble more, can somone help to get in Netherlands...

Ricky said...

Can someone help me to get buckley?...in The Netherlands, europe...

Ricky said...

Can someone please help me to get ..i live in The Netherlands, europe...first i could get in england but that not possible anymore....so how can help me ????

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