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What kind of cough medicine thins mucus?

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Expectorants help thin mucus, making it easier to cough up. The ingredient guaifenesin is the only expectorant in the U.S., so look for it on the label if you need an expectorant.

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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