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Cough suppressants

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Cough suppressants Cough suppressants Adult, Children

Cough suppressants - Dosage and How to Use

How should Cough suppressants be used?

  • ​Take cough suppressants as prescribed by your healthcare professionals. Consult your healthcare professional if you are not sure how to take the cough medication correctly.
  • Cough suppressants may be taken with or without food
  • For cough suppressant syrups, shake the bottle well before use
  • If your symptoms persist or worsen after one week of taking this medication, please speak to your healthcare professional.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If your forget to take a dose, take it as soon as your remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue normally. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Cough suppressants - Additional Information

​Signs that your condition may require further medical attention include:

  • Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm or mucus, or blood
  • Fever more than 38.6⁰C
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Drenching night sweats
  • Cough lasting for longer than 3-4 weeks
  • Cough that happens after your start a new medication
  • Development of new symptoms during self-treatment

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately. 

  • Tags: Cough suppressants
  • Updated on Sunday, February 28, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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