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Medications for Cough

Drugs associated with Cough

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

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

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
benzonatate Rx C N 153 reviews
6.0

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

 
codeine / promethazine Rx C 5 X 25 reviews
8.0

Generic name: codeine / promethazine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
guaifenesin Rx/OTC C N 36 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Mucinex, Guiatuss, Robitussin Chest Congestion, Guaifenesin LA, Altarussin, Amibid LA, Balminil Expectorant, Benylin E, Bidex-400, Drituss G, Duratuss G, Ganidin NR, GG 200 NR, Guaifenex G, Guaifenex LA, Hytuss, Liquibid, Mucinex for Kids, Mucinex Maximum Strength, Muco-Fen 1200, Organidin NR, Q-Bid LA, Scot-Tussin Expectorant, Tussin Expectorant

Drug class: expectorants

For consumers: dosage, side effects

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

 
codeine / guaifenesin Rx/OTC C M X 42 reviews
6.0

Generic name: codeine / guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Cheratussin AC, Guaiatussin AC, Iophen-C NR, Brontex, Guiatuss AC, Allfen CD, Cheracol with Codeine, Codar GF, Duraganidin NR, ExeClear-C, M-Clear, Mar-cof CG, Mytussin AC, Pro-Clear, Relcof C, Tussi-Organidin NR

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
dextromethorphan Rx/OTC C N X 92 reviews
4.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan systemic

Brand names:  Delsym, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief, Benylin DM, Buckleys Mixture, Robitussin CoughGels Long-Acting, Babee Cof, 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 Rx C 2 X 74 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

 
dextromethorphan / guaifenesin Rx/OTC C N X 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM, Mucinex DM, Guaifenesin DM, Tussin DM, Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough, Mucinex Children's Cough, Mucinex DM Maximum Strength, Q-Tussin DM, Aquatab DM, Atuss-12 DX, Bidex-A, Biocotron, Biospec DMX, Broncotron, Cheracol-D, Delsym Cough+ Chest Congestion DM, Duratuss DM 12, Fenesin DM IR, Guaifenex DM, Guiadrine DX, HT Tuss DM, Humibid CS, Pecgen DMX, Phanatuss, Phlemex, Safetussin DM, Tusnel Diabetic, Tussi-Organidin-DM, 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

 
diphenhydramine Rx/OTC B N X 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Brand names:  Benadryl, Benadryl Allergy, Allermax, Banophen, Ben-Tann, Benadryl Children's Allergy, Complete Allergy Relief, Dicopanol, Diphedryl, Diphenhist, Dytan, Dytuss, PediaCare Children's Allergy, Scot-Tussin Allergy, Silphen Cough, Theraflu Thin Strips Multi Symptom, Twilite, Valu-Dryl

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

 
chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone Rx C 2 X 90 reviews
9.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone systemic

Brand names:  Tussionex Pennkinetic, S-T Forte 2, TussiCaps

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
acetaminophen / hydrocodone Rx C 2 X 18 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Brand names:  Lortab, Vicodin ES, Lorcet 10 / 650, Hycet, Co-Gesic, Dolacet, Hydrocet, Liquicet, Lorcet Plus, Maxidone, Stagesic, Theracodophen Low 90, Vicodin HP, Xodol, Zamicet, Zolvit, Zydone

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
gabapentin Off Label Rx C N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: gabapentin systemic

Drug class: gamma-aminobutyric acid analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Off Label: Yes

 
dextromethorphan / promethazine Rx C N X 7 reviews
6.0

Generic name: dextromethorphan / promethazine systemic

Brand names:  Promethazine DM, Promethazine with DM, Promethazine with Dextromethorphan

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
acetaminophen / codeine Rx C M X 8 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / codeine systemic

Brand names:  Tylenol with Codeine, Tylenol with Codeine #3, Tylenol with Codeine #4, Aceta w/ Codeine, Capital w/ Codeine, Cocet Plus

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
amitriptyline Off Label Rx C N X 1 review
10

Generic name: amitriptyline systemic

Drug class: tricyclic antidepressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Off Label: Yes

 
codeine Rx C 2 X 3 reviews
8.0

Generic name: codeine systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics, antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
hydromorphone Rx C 2 X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: hydromorphone systemic

Brand names:  Dilaudid, Palladone

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
guaifenesin / hydrocodone Rx C 2 X 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: guaifenesin / hydrocodone systemic

Brand names:  EndaCof-Tab, Flowtuss, Maxi-Tuss HCG, Obredon, Ztuss ZT

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine OTC N N X Add review
1.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine systemic

Brand names:  Vicks NyQuil Cold & Flu Nighttime Relief, Clear Cough PM Multi-Symptom, Contac Cold + Flu (Night) Cooling Relief Liquid, Coricidin HBP Nighttime Multi-Symptom Cold, Robitussin Peak Cold Nighttime Cold + Flu, Tylenol Cold & Cough Nighttime, Tylenol Cough & Sore Throat Nightime

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
dexbrompheniramine / hydrocodone / phenylephrine Rx C 2 X Add review
10

Generic name: dexbrompheniramine / hydrocodone / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Cytuss-HC NR, Histussin HC Syrup

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / codeine Rx C 3 X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / codeine systemic

Brand name:  Cotabflu

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions,

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Brand name:  Tylenol Plus Children's Flu

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / phenylephrine OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Delsym Night Time Multi-Symptom, Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime Liquid, Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Comtrex Cold & Cough, Comtrex Cold and Cough Maximum Strength, Flu & Severe Cold & Cough Daytime Powder, Little Colds Multi-Symptom, Mapap Cold Formula, Robitussin Peak Cold Daytime Cold + Flu, Sudafed PE Pressure+Pain+Cough, Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold & Cough, Theraflu Warming Relief Daytime Severe Cold & Cough, Tylenol Cold Max Day, Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Relief

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan systemic

Brand names:  Children's Triacting, Topcare Cough and Sore Throat, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat, Triaminic Softchews Cough & Sore Throat, Tylenol Plus Children's Cough & Sore Throat

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / guaifenesin OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  Comtrex Deep Chest Cold, Theraflu Flu & Chest Congestion

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
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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 of the drug 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 of the drug 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 of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Synonym(s): Chronic Cough; Cough, chronic

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