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Benadryl® Syrup - How to Choose the Right Cough Syrup

Standing in front of a chemist s shop with a nagging cough and a number of medicines lined up to choose from?

Don't simply pick up any regular cough syrup at the chemist shop. A few basics will help you pick an appropriate cough syrup for the kind of cough you have.

Coughing can often be annoying. Most of us want to make the cough stop as soon as it starts. Some of us deal with it frequently, while others have to face it occasionally due to seasonal changes. With so many options available over the counter for cough medications, it gets hard to choose. It is better that you first figure out the symptoms that are bothering you.

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Here are a few tips on how to choose the right medicine for your cough.

Check Your Symptoms. Ask yourself the right questions.

  1. Is it a dry cough?

    Dry cough has symptoms of throat irritation, a dry itching feeling in your throat, sore throat, persistent cough which does not produce phlegm or mucous.

  2. Is it a wet cough?

    Wet cough includes chest congestion due to phlegm, feeling of heaviness in the chest, difficulty in breathing and the production of phlegm or mucous when you cough.

  3. Do you have any other symptoms along with cough? Like fever, chest pain or body ache?
  4. Are there other indications like runny nose, sneezing or watery eyes?

All medicines aren't the same. One cough syrup may not work for every type of cough

The shelves of chemist shops are often stacked with a number of cough medications. However, they are broadly classified into different kinds:

  1. Cough Suppressants such as Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide helps cut the number of times you cough by suppressing the urge to cough.

    Benadryl DR- Dry Cough Active Relief - A cough syrup for dry cough that causes irritation in the throat with no mucous production.

  2. Expectorants such as Guaifenesin - helps thin mucous, making it easier to cough and expel.

    Benadryl CR- Congestion Relief - For a wet cough that sounds chesty and where mucous or phlegm is produced, together with the cough.

  3. Anti-histamine These cold medicines help with the sneezing, itching and runny noses associated with allergic symptoms.

    Benadryl Cough formula - For action against cough, cold and sore throat.

  4. Combinationcough products have more than one active ingredient. Cough medicines may also contain ingredients that help coat and soothe the throat.

What is the appropriate dosage of cough syrup?

Always measure the correct dose. Some people get too casual about taking OTC cough medicine, slugging it right out of the bottle at times.

  • Read the dosage carefully on the pack
  • Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment
  • Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed
  • Carefully measure the dose using a measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may have the incorrect dose.

Here is how you can choose a cough syrup that helps relieve your symptoms:

Read the label

Always check the labels of the medications you are taking to see what the ingredients are and what they do. After you choose the right medicine, read the label carefully, so you understand how much and how often you need to have the medicine, its common side effects, and any warnings you need to be aware of.

If you have been coughing for several days or your cough is severe, contact your health care provider to see if you need a different treatment or type of medication.

You may also want to read- Understand what your cough is telling you from an expert, Benadryl

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