Codeine and hydrocodone are the two strongest narcotic cough syrups available in the United States. Since they are considered to be narcotic drugs, they are only available with a prescription from a doctor.Continue Reading
Doctors generally only prescribe narcotic cough medications to people who have been suffering with a cough for a long period of time. The narcotics that are present in the cough syrups allow a person to relax and can help them sleep undisturbed by coughing. Since these medications contain narcotics, they should always be taken under the supervision of a doctor and should not be used for purposes other than what they were prescribed.
There is a slight risk for addiction in people who take narcotic cough syrup. People can become physically dependent on the drug and their bodies may not be able to stop coughing without the drug. Narcotic cough syrups may also interfere with other medications, especially anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications. Narcotic medications nearly always make patients feel drowsy and can cause confusion. People who are taking narcotic cough syrup should not drive or operate machinery when they are under the influence of the drug.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
As of 2015, some medications on the list of schedule II controlled substances are hydromorphone, morphine and hydrocodone, while Tylenol with Codeine, benzphetamine and ketamine are examples of schedule III controlled substances, explains the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedule IV controlled substances include alprazolam, lorazepam and clonazepam, while schedule V controlled substances include Phenergan with Codeine and Robitussin AC. There are no medications on the list of schedule I controlled substances.Full Answer >
People cannot purchase codeine cough syrup over the counter in the United States as of October 2015, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The regulation fully came into effect on April 10, 2014.Full Answer >
Brands of cough medicine that contain codeine include Cotabfu, Tylenol with Codeine, Nalex AC, BroveX and M-End PE, explains Drugs.Com. Other brands that also contain codeine include Tuxarin ER and Robitussin-AC.Full Answer >
Around 46 percent of pharmacists recommend Delsym, available over the counter, for suppressing a cough, according to a survey by U.S. News & World Report and Pharmacy Times in 2014. Runners-up include Robitussin, recommended by 29 percent of pharmacists, and Mucinex DM, recommended by 23 percent.Full Answer >