OTC Cold and Cough Medications (cont.)

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Combination preparations containing one or more of the above drugs, sometimes along with pain and fever reducing drugs (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium) are common. These are available in both tablet and liquid form. The liquid preparations are particularly useful for children who may need smaller doses. Combination decongestant/antihistamine medications can be well-tolerated since the stimulant effect of the decongestant and the sedative effect of the antihistamine often offset each other.

Remember to read the labels and note which active ingredients are contained in any medications you are taking. You should not take additional pain or fever reducing drugs if you are taking a combination medication that includes them. Your pharmacist or doctor can guide you to appropriate preparations for your particular symptoms and condition.

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REFERENCE: UpToDate.com. Patient information: Chronic cough in adults (Beyond the Basics).

Last Editorial Review: 2/5/2014