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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: September 12, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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