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Can medicine be used for a cough?

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Over-the-counter cough remedies can help in a number of ways. Suppressants lessen your urge to cough. Expectorants thin mucus and make it easier to hack up.

From: Why You Cough WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Donald R. Rollins, MD, associate professor, pulmonary division, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo.

American Thoracic Society: "Cough."

Irwin, R. , January 2006. Chest

Morice, A. , September 2006. Thorax

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Donald R. Rollins, MD, associate professor, pulmonary division, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo.

American Thoracic Society: "Cough."

Irwin, R. , January 2006. Chest

Morice, A. , September 2006. Thorax

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

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