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The Best Over-The-Counter (OTC) Cough Medicines – ManaPharmacy

Coughing every now and then is healthy and should not cause you worry. In fact, it’s your body’s reflex to clear your breathing passage of mucus and foreign particles. However, a persistent cough can be a symptom of a serious illness.

Generally, a chesty cough produces thick mucus or phlegm to clear your breathing passages. On the other hand, a dry cough is tickly and lacks phlegm.

Usually a cough will clear up within 3 to 4 weeks without any treatment. Nonetheless, you can use cough medicine to reduce and relieve cough symptoms. Here is a list of adult and baby cough syrups you can use:

1. Prospan Cough Syrup

This is a chesty cough remedy with dried ivy leaf suitable for both adults and children. Prospan cough syrup is a non-drowsy, sugar-free formulation with the triple-action formula:

  • Loosening and clearing mucus which helps you to cough less frequently and reduce cough symptoms.
  • Relieving congestion by thinning and breaking up chest mucus to clear your airways.
  • Soothing airways by opening and calming the airways associated with a chesty cough.
Dosage

Adults: 5-7.5 ml, consumed 3 times per day.

Children aged 6-16 years old: 5ml, consumed thrice a day.

Children aged 2-5 years old: 2.5 ml, consumed thrice a day.

Children aged 0-2 years old: 2.5 mL, consumed twice a day.

2. Benadryl Cough Syrup

Benadryl cough syrup is used in the treatment of cough and relieving allergy symptoms like runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes and congestion or stuffiness. It works by thinning and reducing the stickiness of the mucus in the nose, windpipe and lungs, making it easier to cough out. 

Benadryl Dry Cough Syrup is a cough syrup for dry cough with each 5ml  containing Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide I.P.15mg.

Dosage

Children between 6-12 years old – 5ml

Children over 12 years old and adults – 10ml

You should take Benadryl cough syrup for dry coughs every 6-8 hours but not exceeding 40 ml for adults and 20 ml for children in 24 hours.

3. Codeine Cough Syrup

Promethazine-Codeine is a ‘gold standard’ cough suppressant drug that stops coughs, but when consumed in higher doses it produces narcotic highs. It is a combination medication used to relieve cough symptoms. Codeine is an opioid cough suppressant that affects some parts of the brain to decrease the urge to cough. Whereas Promethazine is an antihistamine that relieves allergic reactions like itchy throat, runny nose, and sneezing.

Dosage

Adults- 7.5-30 mg after 6 hours or as needed.

Your healthcare provider is the best person to advise you on whether Codeine is the right medicine for you. They will also advise you on the right dosage and the length of time to take it for- especially if you have had a problem with addiction before.

You may experience withdrawal symptoms like sweating, muscle aches, and nausea if you stop taking Codeine cough syrup suddenly.

4. Pabron Cough Syrup

Pabron cough syrup is a cough medicine for chesty coughs that works by reducing the thickness of phlegm to loosen and clear airways while relieving a cough. Pabron cough syrup has two variants:

  • Cough syrup for adults with lemon and mint flavor
  • Cough syrup for babies with blackcurrant flavor
Dosage

Adults and children over 15 years old – 15 ml, consumed three times a day. 

Children less than 5 years old:

5 years old – 5 ml, consumed three times a day.

2-5 years old – 2.5 ml, consumed three times a day.

It’s essential to take this medicine with food.

5. Breacol Cough Syrup

Breacol cough syrup helps to relieve symptoms of coughs caused by colds, flu, and other upper respiratory tract infections. It also soothes sore and irritated throats and loosens thick phlegm.

Dosage

Adults aged 15 years old and above: 2 teaspoons

Children aged 6-14 years old: 1-2 teaspoons

Note: If your cough persists even after consuming medication or your cough has blood in it, it is best to consult your doctor for screening and treatment. You should also talk to your healthcare provider if you have any medical condition, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking other medication for guidance on the most suitable cough syrup for you.