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Medications for Cough and Nasal Congestion

Other names: Cough and Blocked Nose

What is Cough and Nasal Congestion:  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.

Medications 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 Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Mucinex D C N 164 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Bromfed DM C N X 13 reviews
6.0

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 C N X 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Promethazine VC with Codeine C 5 X Add review Rate

Generic name: codeine / phenylephrine / promethazine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold C N X 4 reviews
4.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Zutripro C 2 X 13 reviews
10

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine C N X 19 reviews
6.0

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Bromfed DM, Robitussin Allergy & Cough, Resperal-DM, Allanhist PDX Drops, Anaplex DM, Andehist DM NR Syrup, Bromaline DM, Bromdex D, Bromplex DM, Brotapp-DM, BroveX PSE DM, Carbofed DM Syrup, Dimetane DX, EndaCof PD Drops, Myphetane DX, Neo DM Syrup, Q-Tapp DM, Sildec DM

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Robitussin Cold Cough and Flu N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine C N X 3 reviews
5.0

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, Desgen DM, Duravent DM, G-Tusicof, Giltuss, Maxiphen DM, Phlemex Forte, Tusicof, Tussidex, Zotex, Zotex-EX

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Dimetapp Children's Cold & Cough C N X 3 reviews
1.0

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine C N 186 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Mucinex D, Entex PSE, Ambifed-G, Despec-SR, Entex T, ExeFen-IR, Mardrops-EX, Maxifed, Mucinex D Maximum Strength, Poly-Vent IR, Pseudovent, Respaire-30, Robitussin Severe Congestion, Sinutab Non Drying, Tusnel Pediatric Drops, Zephrex LA

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
codeine / phenylephrine / promethazine C 5 X Add review Rate

Generic name: codeine / phenylephrine / promethazine systemic

Brand name:  Promethazine VC with Codeine

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
guaifenesin / phenylephrine C N 4 reviews
8.0

Generic name: guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

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

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

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

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Alahist DM C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine C N X 4 reviews
1.0

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Dimetapp Children's Cold & Cough, Alahist DM, Rynex DM, BroveX PEB DM, AP-Hist DM, BP Allergy DM, BPM DM PHEN, Bromatan-DM, Cold & Cough Childrens, Dimaphen DM, DuraTan DM, EndaCof-DM, Lohist-DM, Niva-Hist DM, TL-Hist DM, Tussi-Pres B

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Deconex DMX C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Robitussin Allergy & Cough C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tussin CF C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine C 2 X 13 reviews
10

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Zutripro, Hydron PCS, Hyphed, P-V-Tussin Syrup

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
J-Max DHC C 3 X Add review Rate

Generic name: dihydrocodeine / guaifenesin systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan C N X 5 reviews
4.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan systemic

Brand names:  Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold, Dimetapp Children's Long Acting Cough Plus Cold, QC Cough / Cold, Robitussin Children's Cough & Cold Long-Acting, Scot-Tussin DM, Triaminic Softchews Cough & Runny Nose, Tricodene SF, Tricodene Sugar Free, Vicks Children’s NyQuil Cold & Cough

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine C N X 6 reviews
8.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Sildec-PE DM, De-Chlor DM, Ed A-Hist DM, Bronkids, Cardec DM Drops, Corfen-DM, DCP Drops, DM-PE-Chlor, Maxichlor PEH DM, Mintuss DR, Nasohist-DM Pediatric, NoHist DM, Norel CS, Poly-Tussin DM, Quartuss DM, RE DCP Drops, Robitussin Cough & Allergy, Sonahist-DM, Tri-Dex PE, Trigofen DM Drops, Trital DM, Virdec DM, Zoden DM Drops

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
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Pregnancy
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 Schedule
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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