The Ingredients Of Cough Mixtures

The Ingredients Of Cough Mixtures

Cough medications often contain a mixture of ingredients. These ingredients work together to treat your illness. Here are some ingredients that are commonly found in cough mixtures at Amcal:

Cough Suppressants:

Cough suppressants reduce the coughing reflex. While this temporarily reduces the frequency and severity of coughing, it doesn’t provide long term relief.


Codeine is commonly found in prescription strength cough mixtures, but it’s available over the counter in some regions. This medication is an opiate. While it’s a relatively safe medication, a small minority of users become addicted to it. Cough medications that contain it often have the letters AC after their name.


Hydrocodone is also an opiate that acts as a cough suppressant, and it can be extremely effective. However, it’s significantly stronger than codeine. As a result, there is a higher possibility of side effects or addiction to hydrocodone containing cough mixtures. It’s available only by prescription.

DXM (Dextromethorphan):

This product is found in many over the counter cough mixtures. It’s a highly effective cough suppressant. One advantage of DXM is that it’s not physically addictive. It usually causes either mild side effects or no side effects at all. These medications commonly have the letters DM after their name.


Antihistamines are designed to reduce the symptoms of allergies.

CPM (chlorpheniramine):

CPM is an ingredient in Coricidin, and this is one of the most popular cough mixtures on the market. It is highly effective at relieving many cases of allergies. CPM often produces mild side effects or no side effects at all. Side effects that occur often lessen over time.


Diphenhydramine is a common ingredient in cough medicines that are intended to be taken at night. It’s highly effective for the relief of allergy symptoms, but it can cause significant drowsiness and impair your ability to drive.


Promethazine is commonly found in combination with codeine. However, it also can be included in cough mixtures with DXM. It’s quite effective for the treatment of allergy symptoms.



This product is commonly found in over the counter cough mixtures, and it makes it easier for the body to expel mucus. This can reduce the length of your illness. It typically does not cause serious side effects.

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