How Do Non-narcotic Antitussives Work?

Reviewed on 9/16/2021

HOW DO NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVES WORK?

Non-narcotic antitussives are drugs used for treating cold and flu symptoms. They consist of a combination of analgesic, antihistamine, and antitussive drugs. As this combination does not have a narcotic drug, it helps to prevent the adverse effects of narcotics.

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.

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

Antitussives suppress coughing by inhibiting a coordinating region for coughing located in the brain stem.

HOW ARE NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVES USED?

Non-narcotic antitussives are drugs used for treating cold and flu symptoms.

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVES?

Non-narcotic antitussives 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 NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVES?

Generic and brand names of non-narcotic antitussives include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/antitussives-non-narcotic

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