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OTC cold medication and other cold preparations are not recommended for children under the age of 2, and are not effective for children younger than 6 years of age, according the American Academy of Pediatrics. Symptomatic treatment with humidified air and cough drops may be most effective, although cough drops can be a choking hazard in young children.
OTC cough preparations are not always recommended for adults, and may not work well according to some studies. However, many people are convinced that cough preparations are helpful, so listed below are some of the most widely used preparations. Menthol is the active ingredient in many cough drops. Their effect is temporary and wears off when the cough drop has dissolved.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2015
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