Different Cough, Different Medicine


Appropriate Medicine For Disease

‘Cough’ is one of the most ‘common’ diseases in our lives, both in infancy, childhood and adulthood. That’s why cough medicine is one of the most easily available medicines – both from pharmacies, clinics and even small grocery stores. But because of that, we are easy to be careless in choosing the appropriate cough medicine.

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Best way is to ask a doctor or pharmacist to identify the most suitable and best cough medicine for us. Know whether the drug is a drowsy type or not.

Types Of Cough

Dry type cough (without sputum) and wet type cough (with sputum).

Dry type & Wet type cough

Not all cough medicines are suitable for all types of cough. If we buy it from a pharmacist or are prescribed by a doctor, maybe we will get advice on the right type and way of use. Unfortunately, we all buy more often on our own in stores, based on past experience or even the advice of the ‘diving midwife’ around us. As a result, the ‘normal cough’ will ‘give birth’ to unusual sleepiness, nausea, nausea, diarrhea or even worse addiction leading to damage to internal organs which can be fatal.

There are actually two types of cough, namely dry type cough (without sputum) and wet type cough (with sputum). Here we will look at some types of cough medicines (not brands), what cough conditions they are suitable for, and how they work.



For coughing up phlegm, thins the thin mucus in the respiratory tract area so that phlegm comes out more easily when coughing (to be spit out, not to be re-swallowed!).



For dry cough that does not expectorate; reduce coughing by inhibiting the cough reflex, at the same time reducing the stimulus for coughing.



For coughing up thick sputum that starts from inside the lungs; break up the mucous membrane so that the respiratory tract becomes looser and phlegm comes out more easily.



Reduces the production of snot and non-sputum cough, by inhibiting the production of histamine that makes the blood vessels dilate, and at the same time produces a lot of snot. This type is able to penetrate the brain barrier to inhibit the cough center.

Dry type & Wet type cough

However, the best way is to ask a doctor or pharmacist to identify the most suitable and best cough medicine for us. Know whether the drug is a drowsy type or not, to avoid greater risks. Take according to the prescribed dose and time interval; do not take at will even if the cough has not subsided. Never mix it up yourself, no matter how strong the ‘testimony’ you hear from others. If you have a critical illness, especially diabetes, avoid buying without consulting, because most cough medicines are high in sugar. Remember, even though cough is ‘common’, we still have to treat it like any other disease.

In addition to the above medicines, there are also other medicines that are often recommended when coughing, but are not specific for cough, such as those based on herbs, anti-fatigue medicines, flu medicines, or which combine two or more types of cough medicines.

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