Cough Medicine

It is only human for us to want to want to give ourselves the best medication for any ailment that may befall us and there is no harm in this, it is actually the way it should be. Among the ailments we most commonly encounter is the cough, which basically means that the throat cavity repetitively contracts, forcing a violent wave of air to be released form the lungs and it is accompanied by a distinctive, hoarse sound. Coughs in many cases are nothing announce from the rooftops but if they are chronic, stubborn and persistent then there need to take some measures to deal with them.

Coughing can be triggered by a number of factors like allergy to pollen, dust and/or smoke. Smoking is also a common culprit behind coughing. If your doctor prescribes some cough medicine to you, then it is likely that it will be prescribed because your cough is either dry or productive. By productive we mean that there are mucus-like secretions from the throat.

Dry coughs, mostly caused by exposure to dust and smoke, should be treated with non productive cough medicine like suppressants, suppressants calm down the cough. Some of them are Dextromethorphan, Codeine and Pholcodine. However, if these are not available over the counter, then you could have your doctor tell you which ones could serve you equally well.

Cough medicines for productive coughs are not suppressants but expectorants, which help loosen the mucus trapped in the respiratory tract and prevent the lungs form getting infected. The medicine can either be in form of tablets for example the chewable throat lozenge drop or in inform of syrups like Guaifenesin and Ipecacuanha. You could buy them on or offline but make sure you have the right prescription in the first place.