Cough Medicine Recommendations

I know it may sound silly, but since this cold I’ve been having since Sunday has developed into a nasty coughing cold accompanied by annoying nasal congestions, I’m taking recommendations for non-prescription cough medicines that actually work for you and are available in North American drugstores, preferably Canadian ones. There are so many brands out there and they all claim to be the best and I just don’t know which one to pick.

FYI, I know that cough medicine is not very effective but I just need something to lighten the symptoms a little bit and make this cold I’m having somewhat bearable. I’d really appreciate your help.

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  1. Anything with DM (Dextromethorphan) will work –it’s the cough suppressant ingredient. You can just as well get a store brand cough medicine at Shopper’s or PharmaPlus — they are only $3.99 — instead of buying the more expensive name brands. If you have phlegm (wet cough), look for one that also contains guaifenesin– that’s the expectorant. As for the stuffiness, I think it’s better to use a separate decongestant, that way when your stuffiness clears up (as it will in a few days), but you’re left with the lingering 5-week cough, you won’t be taking a decongestant that you no longer need every time you take a dose of cough medicine. For decongestants, go cheap again: look for the active ingredient you want and then find a store brand that contains it.

  2. Thanks for your recommendation! I picked up Buckley’s (original mixture) at the drugstore. Just took one dose and it wasn’t so bad. It didn’t taste like anything to me in the mouth but it sure felt like there was a blizzard in my throat when I was swallowing it, which isn’t really a bad thing. I really hope that it’ll work. I hate being sick. But then again, who doesn’t?

  3. Buckley’s!
    “It tastes awful. And it works.”
    And it’s Canadian! Yeah!
    But really, it will knock that cough out of you. Just… don’t mind the flavour.

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