What is Cough?

Coughing is the body's way of keeping the throat and airways clear. It can be chronic or acute. Chronic coughing can be due to asthma, COPD, cold, flu or smoking.

Treatment for cough includes taking medication. Common drug classes used to treat cough are antihistamine / non-narcotic antitussive combinations, antihistamine / opioid combinations, non-narcotic antitussives, opioid / anticholinergic combinations, opioid / phenothiazine combinations, expectorants, expectorant / opioid combinations, expectorant / opioid / sudafed combinations, expectorant / non-narcotic antitussive combinations, and antihistamine / opioid / sudafed combinations.

Savings Tips for Cough

  • What’s the Best Cough Medicine?

    September 14, 2018

    Is your cough keeping you awake or driving your co-workers crazy? Read on. There are many prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications for suppressing coughs, but studies show they don’t all work. Some are addictive, and others aren’t any more effective than a placebo. So, what should you take for your cough?

    Non-prescription and over-the-counter cough suppressants

    Acute cough due to a viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) is the most common form of cough—and a ton of money is spent on making and marketing drugs to manage it. See More

  • Can I Ease My Cough Without a Prescription?

    March 25, 2016

    Coughing can be uncomfortable, and comes along with some unpleasant side effects like sore throat, chest pain, and exhaustion.

    So where do you start to find some relief? First, know that your cough may be productive (a “wet” cough that produces mucus), or non-productive (a “dry” cough). There are many treatments available over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription that can help both types.

    When should I see a doctor instead of looking for an OTC remedy?

    This is important. See More

  • 10 Signs You’re Too Sick to Go to Work

    October 20, 2015

    Is the cost of presentee-ism as high as absenteeism? Presentee-ism refers to workers who are on the job but not fully functioning because of illness. More importantly, it helps spread any sickness already going around the office.

    As cold and flu season approaches you will inevitably be exposed to a coworker who shouldn’t be at work (their cough or runny nose will tell you so). But how sick is too sick?

    If you have the symptoms on this list, you are not going to perform your best AND you may transmit disease. See More

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Popular Cough Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Non-narcotic Antitussives 14 See Prices
Expectorant / Opioid Combinations 8 See Prices
Antihistamine / Non-narcotic Antitussive Combinations 7 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Cough Drug Classes

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