By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is Ricola used for?

Ricola is commonly used for temporarily relieves:

  • Cough due to cold or inhaled irritants
  • Occasional minor irritation and pain due to a sore throat or sore mouth

How should I take Ricola?

Use Ricola as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Dissolve 1 drop slowly in your mouth as directed by your doctor or the package label.

Do not chew Ricola Cough Suppressant or swallow it whole.

Ask your doctor or check the package labeling to see how often you may Ricola.

How do I store Ricola?

Ricola is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Ricola in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Ricola that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Ricola down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Ricola?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Ricola or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Sore throat warnings:

  • If sore throat is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, swelling, nausea, or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.  These may be serious,
  • Do not use in children under 6 years of age unless directed by a doctor.

Ask doctor before use if you have:

  • Persistent chronic cough such as occurs with smoking, asthma, or emphysema.
  • Cough accompanied by excessive phlegm (mucus).

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • Cough persists for more than 1 week, tends to recur, or is accompanied by fever, rash, or persistent headache.  These could be signs of a serious condition.
  • Sore mouth does not improve in 7 days
  • Irritation, pain, or redness persists or worsens

Keep out of reach of children.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Ricola during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Ricola.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Ricola?

If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Ricola?

Ricola may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Ricola?

Ricola may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Ricola?

Ricola may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Ricola.

What is the dose of Ricola for an adult?

Dissolve 1 drop slowly in the mouth.

Repeat every 2 hours as needed or as directed by a doctor

What is the dose of Ricola for a child?

Children 6 years and older:  dissolve 1 drop slowly in the mouth.  Repeat every 2 hours as needed or as directed by a doctor

Children under 6 years: ask a doctor

How is Ricola available?

Ricola is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Ricola Menthol Fresh Cough Suppressant Throat Drops 19 drops
  • Ricola The Original Natural Herb Cough Drops 21 drops

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Ricola, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: August 24, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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