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Unfortunately, the OTC cough suppressants are not very effective. We have a couple of small, slightly positive studies that show effectiveness with dextromethorphan and codeine, but there is a big recent study that shows no benefit, especially in children. It is probably not worth confusing things by trying to add a cough suppressant, especially since they probably don't work. Don't expect too much from any of them.

If you have cough that is keeping you awake at night, or comes in long spurts that wear you out, codeine is probably your best bet. You can get codeine containing cough medicine "OTC" by speaking with the pharmacist. Tell them about your cough, and ask for a small amount of Robitussin - AC or a generic form of it. It's the pharmacists decision as to whether to "prescribe" it and he will tell you the dosage.

Dextromethorphan in pill or syrup form seems to help some people. Dextromethorphan has significant side effects, especially in the elderly, of confusion and dizziness.

OTC Meds

Treating a Cold
  With OTC Meds

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Decongestant Sprays

Pain Relievers

Cough Suppressants

Mucous Thinners

Saline Rinses

Zinc Gluconate

Cromolyn Spray

Steroid Sprays

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