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How many types of cough medicines are there?

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There are many brands of over-the-counter cough medicines. But there are only three basic types: expectorants, suppressants, and topical ointments.

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 Academy of Pediatrics: "Withdrawal of Cold Medicines: Addressing Parent Concerns."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cough Medicine: Understanding Your OTC Options."

Schroeder, K. , October 2004. Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews

Bosler, D. , January 2006. Chest

Medline Plus: "Guaifenesin."

PubMed Health: "Dextromethorphan."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

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 Academy of Pediatrics: "Withdrawal of Cold Medicines: Addressing Parent Concerns."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Cough Medicine: Understanding Your OTC Options."

Schroeder, K. , October 2004. Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews

Bosler, D. , January 2006. Chest

Medline Plus: "Guaifenesin."

PubMed Health: "Dextromethorphan."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

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