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Medications for Cough

Other names: Chronic Cough; Cough, chronic

What is Cough:  A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material.

Medications to treat Cough

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
benzonatate C N 281 reviews
5.0

Generic name: benzonatate systemic

Brand names:  Tessalon Perles, Tessalon, Zonatuss

Drug class: antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Cheratussin AC C M X 29 reviews
5.0

Generic name: codeine / guaifenesin systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Benadryl B N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Tussionex Pennkinetic C 2 X 75 reviews
9.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Mucinex C N 29 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guaifenesin systemic

Drug class: expectorants

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Tessalon Perles C N 58 reviews
6.0

Generic name: benzonatate systemic

Drug class: antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Promethazine DM C N X 7 reviews
6.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / promethazine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Hycodan C 2 X 29 reviews
8.0

Generic name: homatropine / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM C N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Mucinex DM C N X 5 reviews
6.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
guaifenesin C N 52 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Mucinex, Guiatuss, Robitussin Chest Congestion, Mucinex Maximum Strength, Altarussin, Amibid LA, Balminil Expectorant, Benylin E, Bidex-400, Drituss G, Guaifenex G, Guaifenex LA, Hytuss, Mucinex for Kids, Organidin NR, Robitussin Mucus + Chest Congestion, Scot-Tussin Expectorant, Tussin Expectorant, Xpect

Drug class: expectorants

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Tessalon C N 19 reviews
7.0

Generic name: benzonatate systemic

Drug class: antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Delsym C N X 107 reviews
3.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan systemic

Drug class: antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Dilaudid C 2 X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: hydromorphone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Hydromet C 2 X 28 reviews
8.0

Generic name: homatropine / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
codeine / guaifenesin C M X 58 reviews
6.0

Generic name: codeine / guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Cheratussin AC, Guaiatussin AC, Iophen-C NR, Allfen CD, Cheracol with Codeine, Codar GF, Dex-Tuss, Duraganidin NR, ExeClear-C, Guaifenesin AC, M-Clear, M-Clear WC, Mar-cof CG, Mytussin AC, Relcof C, Robafen AC, Virtussin A / C

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
codeine / promethazine C 5 X 46 reviews
7.0

Generic name: codeine / promethazine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
dextromethorphan C N X 178 reviews
4.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan systemic

Brand names:  Delsym, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief, Benylin DM, Robitussin CoughGels Long-Acting, Babee Cof, Buckleys Mixture, Creomulsion, DexAlone, ElixSure Cough, Hold, PediaCare Children's Long-Acting Cough, Robafen Cough Liquidgels, Scot-Tussin Diabetes, Silphen DM, St. Joseph Cough Suppressant, Sucrets Cough, Triaminic Long Acting Cough, Vicks Dayquil Cough, Vicks Formula 44

Drug class: antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
homatropine / hydrocodone C 2 X 84 reviews
8.0

Generic name: homatropine / hydrocodone systemic

Brand names:  Hycodan, Hydromet, Tussigon

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
diphenhydramine B N X 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Brand names:  Benadryl, Benadryl Allergy, Allermax, Banophen, Benadryl Children's Allergy, Complete Allergy Relief, Dicopanol, Diphedryl, Diphenhist, Dytuss, PediaCare Children's Allergy, Q-Dryl, Quenalin, Scot-Tussin Allergy, Siladryl Allergy, Silphen Cough, Twilite, Valu-Dryl, Vicks QlearQuil Nighttime Allergy Relief

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Guaiatussin AC C M X 1 review Rate

Generic name: codeine / guaifenesin systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
dextromethorphan / guaifenesin C N X 9 reviews
7.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM, Mucinex DM, Tussin DM, Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough, Mucinex Children's Cough, Mucinex DM Maximum Strength, Aquatab DM, Bidex-A, Biocotron, Biospec DMX, Broncotron, Cheracol-D, Delsym Cough+ Chest Congestion DM, Fenesin DM IR, Guaifenex DM, Guiadrine DX, HT Tuss DM, Humibid CS, Pecgen DMX, Phanatuss, Phlemex, Q-Tussin DM, Safetussin DM, Tusnel Diabetic, Tussin DM Clear, Vicks DayQuil Mucus Control DM, Vicks Pediatric Formula 44e Cough & Chest Congestion Relief, Zyncof

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Lortab C 2 X 3 reviews
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Tylenol with Codeine #3 C M X 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / codeine systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Vicodin ES C 2 X 3 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
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Alternative treatments for Cough

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Cough. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Cough.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
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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