How Do Analgesic Antitussive Decongestant Expectorant Combos Work?

Reviewed on 9/14/2021

HOW DO ANALGESIC/ANTITUSSIVE/DECONGESTANT/EXPECTORANT COMBOS WORK?

Analgesic/antitussive/decongestant/expectorant combos are over-the-counter medicines used for relieving congestion, cough, cold, and flu symptoms.

Analgesics block pain signal generation and generation of prostaglandins from the central nervous system released during fever, inflammation, or pain. Thus, blocking the generation of prostaglandins helps in reducing pain, inflammation, or fever.

Although the exact mechanism of action of antitussives (cough suppressants) is not known; they suppress coughing by inhibiting a coordinating region for coughing located in the brain stem.

Decongestants work in the following ways:

Expectorants help thin the mucus and loosen the congestion in the chest and throat, making it easier to cough up the mucus.

HOW ARE ANALGESIC/ANTITUSSIVE/DECONGESTANT/EXPECTORANT COMBOS USED?

Analgesic/antitussive/decongestant/expectorant combos are over-the-counter medicines used for relieving congestion, cough, cold, and flu symptoms.

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANALGESIC/ANTITUSSIVE/DECONGESTANT/EXPECTORANT COMBOS?

Analgesic/antitussive/decongestant/expectorant combos can cause the following side effects:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF ANALGESIC/ANTITUSSIVE/DECONGESTANT/EXPECTORANT COMBOS?

Generic and brand names of analgesic/antitussive/decongestant/expectorant combos include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/analgesic-antitussive-decongestant-expectorant-combos

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