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Dr. Ira Katz
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Cough Suppressant (Overview)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

Honey: The best nonprescription cough suppressant shown to be successful in studies and even endorsed by the american academy of pediatrics is honey! ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
88 doctors shared insights

Cough Suppressant (Overview)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Not for anyone!: Cough medicines, in study after study over the last 27 years, have been proven ineffective & can have some bad side effects.This is why the fda has finally started taking them off the market! saline nose drops & suction, elevating the head of the mattress, & a cool mist humidifier work much better, & without the side effects. If this doesn't help enough, please have your baby's doctor check him/her. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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What is the most effective cough suppressant? Would numbing type like benzocaine help as well?

What is the most effective cough suppressant? Would numbing type like benzocaine help as well?

OTC or Rx?: Over the counter, dextromethorphan is probably the best cough suppressant available. Just be sure the one you buy doesn't contain other ingredients, particularly expectorants which make you cough more. Prescription medication such as Codeine also quite effective. Numbing medications will not help at all and taking those for cough could be dangerous, putting you at risk for aspiration. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Antitussive (Definition)

This is a medicine that is supposed ...Read more