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what is the best over the counter medications for cough

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends: Usually warm saline gargle, local anesthetic lozenges (Cepacol etc) and at times zinc lozenges may be helpful. In the case of a viral infection, the ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Cough: The best way is to see your doctor to find the cause of your cough and then treat the cause. There are many causes of cough so you have to know why y ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
? Sinusitis : This can very well be untreated / partially treated rhinosinusitis, you need to be seen by an ENT / Allergy specialist, meanwhile, saline nasal washes ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Allergic cough??: You don't mention any fever or production of a lot of mucus or people nearby you(family, coworkers) being ill. That makes me think you might have a co ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
11 years experience Family Medicine
Symptom control: The best route is to focus on the symptom(s) most bothersome for you. Acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen are best for fever, chills and muscle aches/pain ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Konold
32 years experience Family Medicine
Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM: Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm has Guaifenesin that breaks up mucous and dextromethorphan that helps stop the cough. Drink plenty of fluids and change your ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Fever reducing medications (antipyretics) include tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and motrin/advil (ibuprofen). Both are equally effective. ... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Neti pot: I love neti pot. It works great for me! there are tons of over-the-counter meds used for head congestion, otherwise, such as daiquil, nyquil, alka sal ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan. Often combined with other products to help with other symptoms.
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A female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Ask the pharmacist: At your local drug store, pyrantel is the generic used in the USA OTC, but read the labels carefully, and more importantly is to be sure that it is pi ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Becky White
19 years experience Pediatrics
Antihistamines: Coughs are caused by mucous running down into your lungs from your nose. If you use an antihistamine (such as benedryl, Claritin (loratadine) or zyrt ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Kimura
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Moisturizers: Anything over the counter that can help moisturize the skin will be beneficial. I personally like eucerin cream. Its available in large jars and if ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Le answered
16 years experience Pain Management
Pain medication OTC: There are several pain medication over the counter such as anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, pain medication like tylenol (acetaminophen). ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Bateman
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Time, Rest, Fluids: Since the common cold is caused by a virus, your body's immune system needs time to fight the infection and get you over the symptoms. You can support ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
Eczema control: Eliminating irritants, fragrances, dyes, using a mild cleanser w/o washcloth or sponge, not using hot water in shower, moisturizing with fragrance-fre ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prevention: repHresh helps with prevention but for treatment you really need antibiotics which aren't available over the counter in this country. Sorry I can't be ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cetirizine/Zyrtec: Assuming that "allergies" means itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip caused by contact with inhaled substances to which ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No specific one: There are numerous otc products available, but since no comparative controlled studies are, to my knowledge, available, it is impossible to say which ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.
A female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
Calamine lotion: No medicine will clear up shingles. However you can try to put some soothing cream on the area to keep it from being uncomfortable.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: You need to visit your doctor for an evaluation to determine whether or not you have infectious sinusitis. If it's infectious, you'll need an antibio ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Lido Cream 5: It is formulated using the highest concentration of Lidocaine allowed without a prescription, typically used to reduce pain.
A male asked:
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
12 years experience Pediatrics
Honey: The best nonprescription cough suppressant shown to be successful in studies and even endorsed by the american academy of pediatrics is honey!
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on symptoms: The trick to treating a cold is to prioritize the worst of the symptoms. For example , if you have a stuffy nose, prioritize medicines for stuffiness ... Read More

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