A dry and hacking cough, especially during your sleep is something that can haunt you for days. Thankfully, Robitussin (on sale here) a drug made by Pfizer is cough syrup that helps alleviate both a cough and the resultant phlegm that comes with it.
This cough syrup is sold in many generic variations, the most common of which are:
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How Robitussin Works
Along with this chesty cough comes the production of thick mucous by the lungs as they attempt to clear the cold by producing biomaterial which attacks the virus by way of phagocytosis and cell apoptosis. While this is a great way of protecting the body, this phlegmy mucous can cause distress to the sick person. Robitussin goes to work by thinning this mucous so it’s easily eliminated by way of coughing or spitting. At the same time, it soothes the irritated lining of the respiratory tract, helping you get some much needed rest and a good night’s sleep.
Robitussin Side Effects
Some of the side effects you can expect from this expectorant include:
– Dry mouth
– Upset stomach
The recommended dose is 600mg for adults. Do not take Robitussin if you’re pregnant before speaking to your doctor. This cough medicine also comes in tablets; swallow it whole with water since crushing it into a fine powder may reduce its efficacy. Store your medication in a cool, dry place, and speak to your doctor should your cough not abate after 7 days.
Robitussin is contraindicated for children under the age of 6, people with high blood pressure, those taking MAOI’s as well as those with diabetes, heart or thyroid disease.