How Do Antihistamine Antitussives Combos Work?

Reviewed on 9/14/2021

HOW DO ANTIHISTAMINE/ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS WORK?

Antihistamine/antitussive combos are over-the-counter medicines used for relieving cough and cold.

Antihistamines block the release of a chemical called histamine. Histamine is responsible for itching and swelling of the tissues in the nose. Thus, antihistamines help in relieving a runny nose and sneezing during a cold.

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.

HOW ARE ANTIHISTAMINE/ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS USED?

Antihistamine/antitussive combos are over-the-counter medicines used for relieving cough and cold.

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTIHISTAMINE/ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS?

Antihistamine/antitussive 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 ANTIHISTAMINE/ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS?

Generic and brand names of antihistamine/antitussive combos include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/antihistamine-antitussive-combos

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