Cough Suppressants

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Cough Suppressants are medicines that prevent or stop coughing. A cough suppressant is used for treating dry coughs (antitussives). It helps to suppress the body's urge to cough. Cough suppressants are different from cough expectorants. Cough expectorants help in treating productive coughs (coughs that produce phlegm). Cough suppressants come in capsule, tablet, lozenge and liquid forms and are available without a physician's prescription.

Hpw does Cough suppressant Works?

Cough Suppressants work on the brain's center, which controls the cough reflex. The medicines relieve dry, hacking coughs which are mainly related with colds and flu. These cough medicines should not be used chronic coughs associated with smoking, asthma or other lung problems or productive coughs.

Many cough medicines contain cough suppressants along with other ingredients. While an expectorant loosens and clears mucus from the airways, the cough suppressant interferes with the ability to cough up the mucus that the expectorant loosens. Antitussives are cough suppressants. They relieve your cough by blocking the cough reflex.

Common Cough suppressants

Some common cough suppressants available over the counter or without doctor's prescription are as follows:

  • Delsym
  • Robitussin Cough
  • Dextromethorphan (generic)
Dextromethorphan, or DM, is the most common cough suppressant. Some brand names include Robitussin Cough, Vicks 44 Cough and Cold, Triaminic Cold and Cough. These are commonly used antitussive.

Cough suppressants like Dextromethorphan are also available in combination with other drugs, like decongestants or antihistamines. These combination drugs are used to treat many symptoms at once. However, if your main symptom is cough, you should be careful while using antihistamines and decongestants in combination medicines because they produce a drying effect. This effect can make mucus thicker and harder to clear from the airways, which can worsen a cough.
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