Coughing is the fast expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the throat and breathing passage of mucus, irritants, microbes, fluids and other foreign particles. Coughing can be a sign of serious illness although in most cases it will clear up on its own with some help from a cough syrup.
Why it is important to cure cough soon?
During cough when you breathe in air there is increased pressure on your throat and lungs with vocal chords closed. When you release air your vocal chords open and give cough a distinct sound. If a cough persists for long then you can experience many symptoms. They can be weight loss, difficulty swallowing food, permanent changes in the sound of voice, coughing up blood, fever and severe chest pain.
We take a look at few cough syrups and their ingredients. The list will benefit you as some may go well with your body type while others may not:-
1)Benadryl Cough Syrup
Benadryl provides cough syrups that can be used for both dry and wet cough. The wet cough syrup uses mucolytic agent whereas the dry cough syrups uses suppressing agents like Codeine, Diphenhydramine and antihistamine. Benadryl offers a cough syrup for kids as well that consists of Hedera helix which relieves cough and soothes the throat.
The syrup is highly sedative which is why it is recommended before sleep. Moreover, it contains lactoferin bovine which can improve the immune system. Kids under 8 should take a dose of 2.5 ml, children aged 8-13 should take a dose of 5ml and adults above 13 should take 7.5 ml.
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2)Glycodin Cough Syrup
Glycodin is recommened for both dry cough and whooping cough. If you have a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and your coughs sounds like a whoop then choose this anti-tussive syrup.It contains dextromethorphan, a non-opiod known for reducing cough. It also contains menthol which activates the cold receptors thereby providing relief.
It is important to break down the stick mucus congested in your respiratory tract and nose. The ingredient terpin hydrate suppress your cough and eliminates mucus from the body. It is recommended for kids above 6 years although it is advised to consult with your doctor as consuming it without advice can have side effects.
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3)Corex Cough Syrup
Corex contains chlorpheniramine which is a strong substance that reduces inflammation, itchiness and takes care of the tickling sensation caused by cough. It also has codeine phosphate which helps reduce pain and menthol that provides a soothing sensation in your throat. A dose of 5ml is recommended for adults whereas kids should take 1.25 to 2.5 ml
Consume corex at night as it is highly sedative due to the presence of anti-histamine.
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Grilinctus is a cough syrup that works against the production of histamines in the body. Histamites are known for causing conditions like runny nose, sinusitis and respiratory infections. This syrup helps in the treatment of hay fever, allergies, sore throat, itching, common cold and bronchitis. The ingredients in this cough syrup work towards thinning the mucus, blocking H-1 receptor sites in tissues and decreasing the activity in part of the brain which causes coughing.
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5)Planokuf Cough Syrup
Plankokuf binds to the histamine H1 receptor which prevents action from endogenous histamine. It is highly effective in reducing symptoms of sinus pressure, sinus congestion, runny nose, itching of the throat and nose, sneezing, hay fever, allergies and upper respiratory infections.
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6)Benylin Mucus and Phlegm plus Cough Control Syrup
Benylin contains dextromethorphan hydrobromide which is effective in controlling dry cough. It also has expectorant guaifenesin that thins and loosens phlegm and mucus helping it breakout from your chest. The analgesic menthol relieves sore throat pain so that you can get on with your day.
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Ascoril is made of codeine , an opioid with chlorpheniramine that is an antihistamine as well as phenylephrine. It is used in treatment of nasal congestion and rhinitis. It mainly fights to suppress cold and contains ambroxol which makes the mucus and phlegm thinner resulting in its fast expulsion.
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It can be used for both dry and wet cough and contains natural plant extract. It acts as both mucolytic and expectorant agent soothing irritable throat. Himalaya Koflet effective in reducing smoker’s cough and cough caused due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The ingredients used in this syrup are Honey mel despumatum, Tulsi, Viloa odorata, Embelia ribes, solanum xanthocarpum, Cinnamomum cassia and few other natural herbs.
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9)Robitussin Dry Cough Syrup
The presence of cough suppressant dextromethorphan provides long lasting reliefrom dry, irritating and hacking coughs. It is extremely effective in relieving cough caused by bronchital irritation as well as cold. It is non drowsy, has a child resistant cap and is available in cherry vanilla and menthol peppermint flavour.
A trusted brand Robitussin offers cough syrups for all types of coughs.
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Dabur Honitus is among the most popular cough syrups as it is very effective in controlling cough and relieving throat irritation. The reason it is preferred is that it has no side effects post consumption. The Ayurvedic medicine contains tulsi, banapsha, mulethi and other powerful medicinal plants. It can be used by both adults and children.
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