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Medications for Cough and Nasal Congestion

Other names: Cough and Blocked Nose

A cough is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material. Nasal Congestion is blockage of the nasal passages, when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.

Drugs used to treat Cough and Nasal Congestion

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Mucinex D 6.2 213 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Bromfed DM 6.0 24 reviews
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Mucinex Fast-Max Severe Congestion & Cough 5.3 15 reviews
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine 5.5 51 reviews
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Bromfed DM, Carbofed DM Syrup, Resperal-DM, Allanhist PDX Drops, Anaplex DM, Andehist DM NR Syrup, Bromaline DM, Bromdex D, Bromplex DM, Brotapp-DM, BroveX PSE DM, EndaCof PD Drops …show all

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold 6.4 10 reviews
OTC C N X

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine 6.2 240 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Mucinex D, Entex PSE, Mucinex D Maximum Strength, Ambifed-G, Despec-SR, Entex T, ExeFen-IR, Mardrops-EX, Maxifed, Poly-Vent IR, Robitussin Severe Congestion, Sinutab Non Drying, Tusnel Pediatric Drops …show all

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine 5.2 17 reviews
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Mucinex Fast-Max Severe Congestion & Cough, Robitussin Multi-Symptom Cold CF, Deconex DMX, Tussin CF, Broncotron-D, Tusicof, Duravent DM, Giltuss, Phlemex Forte, Robitussin Children's Cough & Cold CF, Tussidex, Z-tuss DM …show all

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

guaifenesin / phenylephrine 8.5 5 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Deconex, Deconex IR, Aldex G, Aquatab D, Crantex, D-Phen 1000, Donatussin Drops, Duravent PE, Gilphex TR, Guiatex PE, Nariz, Prolex D, Rescon-GG, Supress-PE, Triaminic Chest & Nasal Congestion, Xpect-PE, Zotex-GP …show all

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Dimetapp Children's Cold & Cough 2.6 5 reviews
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Relief Rate Add review
OTC N N X

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu 1.0 2 reviews
OTC N N X

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Carbofed DM Syrup Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Resperal-DM Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Allanhist PDX Drops Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Anaplex DM Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Andehist DM NR Syrup Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Bromaline DM Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Bromdex D Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Bromplex DM Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Brotapp-DM Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

BroveX PSE DM Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine 10 13 reviews
Rx C 2 X

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Hydron PCS, Hyphed

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

codeine / phenylephrine / promethazine 10 1 review
Rx C 5 X

Generic name: codeine / phenylephrine / promethazine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

EndaCof PD Drops Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Robitussin Multi-Symptom Cold CF Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N X

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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