As of November 2014, WebMD publishes a long list of common prescription medications used to treat the symptoms of cough. They are identified by generic name and common brand names.Know More
At the top of the WebMD list is benzonatate, which is sold under the brand names Tessalon Perle and Zonatuss. Diphenhydramine is another medication used to treat cough and other symptoms of the common cold. This drug is sold both as a prescription cough syrup and over the counter. Common brand names include Benadryl, Sominex, Unisom, Genahist and Naramin.
Tussionex Pennkinetic ER is a combination product that contains a combination of two drugs, hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine. Acetaminophen-codeine is another combination medication used to treat cough. It is sold under the brand names Tylenol-Codeine and Vopac. Hydromet is a combination medication used to treat dry cough. This narcotic cough suppressant contains hydrocodone and homatropine. Another option is promethazine-codeine, which is also known under the brand name Phenergan with Codeine.
Promethazine-DM, a combination of dextromethorphan and promethazine, is a cough suppressant that works on the cough center of the brain, reducing the need to cough. Dextromethorphan can also be found in Bromfed DM, a combination medication that also includes pseudoephedrine and brompheniramine.
These are just some of the generic and brand names of prescription cough syrups. Many more cough syrups are available over the counter.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
Many cough syrups contain 1.4 to 5 percent alcohol. A few cough syrups contain significantly more alcohol, 10 to 40 percent. Alcohol is often included in cough syrups because it is thought to help suppress the cough reflex.Full Answer >
Several medications are safe to take while an individual is pregnant, and this includes cough drops and some cough syrups according to WebMD. Always check with an obstetrician before taking any medication or vitamins while pregnant.Full Answer >
According to Drugs.com, Cheratussin AC is a prescription cough syrup containing the cough suppressant codeine and the expectorant guaifenesin. These two ingredients combined are effective for controlling the symptoms of coughing and chest congestion in patients with upper respiratory infections or colds.Full Answer >
Nasal decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants and cough expectorants are some of the typical medications for the common cold, according to Healthline. These over-the-counter medications help alleviate the symptoms of colds.Full Answer >