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Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza) and Cough Suppressants

Read more about Cough Suppressants.

Overview

These medications help suppress the urge to cough. This may be particularly useful in treating the dry cough that is commonly associated with the flu.

Common cough suppressants include:

  • Dextromethorphan
  • Codeine (available by prescription only)

Effect of Cough Suppressants on Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza)

These medications help suppress the urge to cough.

How to Use Cough Suppressants

A cough suppressant may be useful if your cough is dry, but may not be a good idea if you have secretions to clear. Based on research, dextromethorphan appears to be effective in suppressing a cough. Codeine, though, has not been shown to be as helpful. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications might be useful for you.

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