Which Is the Best Medicine for Cough?

Reviewed on 11/29/2021

The best medicine for cough includes over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing guaifenesin and/or dextromethorphan (cough syrup or tablet form), cough suppressants (Delsym, Mucinex DM, Robitussin, NyQuil), antibiotics, decongestants (Sudafed/pseudoephedrine), antihistamines (Benadryl/diphenhydramine), home remedies, and others.
The best medicine for cough includes over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing guaifenesin and/or dextromethorphan (cough syrup or tablet form), cough suppressants (Delsym, Mucinex DM, Robitussin, NyQuil), antibiotics, decongestants (Sudafed/pseudoephedrine), antihistamines (Benadryl/diphenhydramine), home remedies, and others.

A cough can be voluntary or involuntary, and it is the body’s way to help clear the airways of irritants and to prevent infection. Cough is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

The best medicine or treatment for cough depends on the cause and whether the cough is acute or chronic. 

Medicines used to treat cough may include: 

If the cough is not serious, home remedies that may help relieve symptoms and get rid of a cough faster include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Inhaling steam in a shower or using a humidifier 
  • Gargling with warm saltwater 
  • Cough lozenges (lozenges are not recommended for young children; they can be a choking hazard)  
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoiding allergens such as pollen, dust, animals, or mold 
  • Avoiding inhaled irritants such as smoke, dust, and other pollutants
  • For GERD: Avoiding foods that increase reflux, avoiding meals before lying down, elevating the head while sleeping

What Are Symptoms of Cough?

A cough may be accompanied by other cold symptoms, including:

What Causes Cough?

Causes of cough include:

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Reviewed on 11/29/2021
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