What cough syrups are similar to Vicks Formula 44 for dry coughs?


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Syrups that are similar to VICKS Formula 44 for dry coughs are marketed under the brand names Babee Cof, Diabetuss, Benylin, Children's Robitussin Cough Long-Acting, VICKS DayQuil Cough, Dexalone and Pertussin ES as listed by the National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus. The generic name for this medication is dextromethorphan.

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Dextromethorphan is a short-term prescription or over-the-counter drug to relieve dry, hacking cough, which is commonly a symptom of the flu, common cold or other illnesses. Its mechanism involves lowering cerebral activity that triggers coughing.

Other syrups similar to VICKS Formula 44 include Zicam Cough MAX, Scot-Tussin Diabetes CF and Silphen DM. In 2011, the United StatesFood and Drug Administration issued a safety warning regarding products that contain dextromethorphan in combination with other substances, including some VICKS Formula 44 products.

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