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A 25-year-old female asked:

Would it be okay to take robitussin (cough syrup) before/after a covid vaccine shot? i know we're advised against painkillers before getting the shot/s, but was wondering if that applies to robitussin. it's a cough that comes & goes (not covid, tho?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It is perfectly fine to take the Robitussin cough syrup with the COVID-19 vaccine. It will not diminish the antibody response to the vaccine. It is good that you are getting vaccinated since that will help prevent COVID-19 illness. Best of luck to you!
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
I agree with Dr. Ferranti. Use of a cough syrup should not dampen development of immune response.
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Last updated Mar 22, 2021

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