A cough suppressant is a medicine that acts on the nervous system to suppress the cough reflex. Cough suppressants can be nonprescription or prescription.
Before you use cough and cold medicines, check the label. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems.
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Patrice Burgess MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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