HOW DO NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS WORK?

Reviewed on 9/17/2021

HOW DO NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS WORK?

Non-narcotic antitussive combos are useful in treating:

Non-narcotic antitussive combos consist of a combination of analgesics, antihistamines, decongestants, or expectorants. As these combinations do not have a narcotic drug, they help to prevent the adverse effects of narcotics. 

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

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 constriction of respiratory smooth muscles leading to congestion. Antihistamines do not allow histamine to constrict the respiratory muscles.

Decongestants work in the following ways:

  • Relieve irritation of the upper respiratory tract infection
  • Reduce swelling of the inner lining of the nose
  • Relieve nasal congestion
  • Shrink blood vessels in the nasal passage to relieve nasal congestion

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

HOW ARE NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS USED?

Non-narcotic antitussive combos are useful in treating:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Fever

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WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS?

Non-narcotic 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 NON-NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVE COMBOS?

Generic and brand names of Non-narcotic antitussive combos include:

  • Acetaminophen/chlorpheniramine/dextromethorphan
  • Acetaminophen/doxylamine/dextromethorphan
  • Acetaminophen/pheniramine/phenylephrine
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold & Cough Effervescent
  • Alka-Seltzer PM
  • Aspirin/diphenhydramine
  • Aspirin/doxylamine/dextromethorphan/phenylephrine
  • Bayer PM
  • Children's Delsym Cough + Chest Congestion
  • Children's Sudafed PE Cold & Cough
  • Children's Triaminic Day Time Cold & Cough Thin Strips
  • Children's Triaminic Flu, Cough & Fever
  • Children's Tylenol Plus Cough & Runny Nose
  • Contac Cold + Flu Night Cooling Relief
  • Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough
  • Coricidin HBP Maximum Strength Flu
  • Coricidin HBP Nighttime Multi-Symptom Cold
  • Delsym Cough + Chest Congestion
  • Delsym Cough + Soothing Action
  • Dextromethorphan/guaifenesin
  • Dextromethorphan/menthol
  • Dextromethorphan/phenylephrine
  • Diabetic Tussin DM
  • Diabetic Tussin DM Maximum Strength
  • Doxylamine/dextromethorphan
  • Duratuss DM
  • Dyclonine/menthol
  • Genatuss DM
  • Guaicon DM
  • Guaifenex DM
  • Guiatuss DM
  • Menthol/pectin
  • Mucinex DM
  • Mucinex Fast-Max DM Max
  • PediaCare Children's Multi-Symptom Cold
  • PediaCare Infant Decongestant & Cough (PE) Oral Drops
  • Phanatuss DM
  • Promethazine DM
  • Promethazine/dextromethorphan
  • Q-Tussin DM
  • Robafen DM
  • Robitussin Peak Cold Cough+Chest Congestion DM
  • Robitussin Peak Cold Maximum Strength Cough+Chest Congestion DM
  • Safetussin DM
  • Safetussin PM
  • Siltussin DM
  • St. Joseph Chest Congestion & Cough
  • St. Joseph Maximum Strength Flu
  • Sucrets Complete Sore Throat, Cough & Stuffiness
  • Sucrets Herbal Dry, Scratchy Throat
  • Theraflu Cold & Sore Throat
  • Theraflu Daytime Cold & Cough Strips
  • Theraflu Flu & Sore Throat
  • Touro DM
  • Triaminic Daytime Cold & Cough Liquid
  • Tylenol Cough & Sore Throat Nighttime
  • Vicks 44E
  • Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care Congestion
  • Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care Cough & Cold PM
  • Vicks NyQuil Cold & Flu
  • Vicks NyQuil Cough
  • Vicks Pediatric Formula 44E
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/antitussives-non-narcotic-combos

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