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Antitussives

What are Antitussives

Antitussives are medicines that suppress coughing, also known as cough suppressants. Antitussives are thought to work by inhibiting a coordinating region for coughing located in the brain stem, disrupting the cough reflex arc; although the exact mechanism of action is unknown.

However, their use is not without controversy and they should only be considered for dry, irritating coughs that do not involve mucus production. Suppressing productive or mucus-producing coughs caused by some respiratory diseases with antitussives may be hazardous. Many viral coughs are best treated by increasing fluid intake and exposing the airways to humidity.

Many antitussives, including pholcodine, codeine, and dextromethorphan, are derived from opioids. Pholcodine and codeine may cause drowsiness and constipation and codeine may be addictive. Dextromethorphan can increase serotonin levels and may interact with other medicines that also increase serotonin. Benzonatate is an nonnarcotic antitussive that anesthetizes certain receptors located in the breathing passages, reducing the urge to cough.

Although antitussives have been shown to be effective in adults, their effectiveness in children has not been established and their use in children should be discouraged.

List of Antitussives:

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Zonatuss (Pro, More...)
generic name: benzonatate
0 reviews
   
10
Buckleys Mixture (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
2 reviews
   
7.5
Tessalon (Pro, More...)
generic name: benzonatate
20 reviews
   
7.1
Benylin DM (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviews
   
7.0
Tessalon Perles (More...)
generic name: benzonatate
59 reviews
   
6.8
Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
11 reviews
   
5.0
Vicks Formula 44 (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
1 review
   
5.0
Robitussin CoughGels Long-Acting (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
2 reviews
   
4.3
Delsym (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
109 reviews
   
3.4
Babee Cof (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Creomulsion (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
DexAlone (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
ElixSure Cough (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Hold (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
PediaCare Children's Long-Acting Cough (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Robafen Cough Liquidgels (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Scot-Tussin Diabetes (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Silphen DM (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
St. Joseph Cough Suppressant (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
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Sucrets Cough (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Triaminic Long Acting Cough (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating
Vicks Dayquil Cough (More...)
generic name: dextromethorphan
0 reviewsAdd rating

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