A cough suppressant is a medicine that acts on the nervous system to suppress the cough reflex. Cough suppressants can be nonprescription or prescription.
Before you use cough and cold medicines, check the label. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems.
Last Revised: August 3, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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