Magazine article Drug Topics

Cough-and-Cold Fighters in the Pharmacy

Magazine article Drug Topics

Cough-and-Cold Fighters in the Pharmacy

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What is it about colds that makes you feel so much sicker than you actually are? You know that cold in your head or chest is only temporary. It isn't going to dog you for the rest of your life or heaven forfend be the death of you. It's just a cold: a minor ailment that makes you cough until you're blue in the face, sneeze until your brains rattle, and ache as if you've been pounded with mallets-not to mention the way it gunks up your head until you're gasping for air, fills your throat with razor blades, and sets fire to your chest.

Oh, yeah. Only a cold.

But wait! You have options. Before things get that far, you and your patients might consider exploring the symptom relief offered by the following products.

Three new products from Robitussin are designed to ameliorate colds and their related miseries. Lemon-flavored Medi-Soothers lozenges with liquid centers feature the same combination of dextromethorphan and menthol used in Robitussin's liquid formulas to suppress coughs and ease throat pain. Adults and children over 12 can take two lozenges every four hours. They are not for children under 12 years of age or patients taking Rx MAOIs. (

For cold sufferers who want to keep up a steady fight against coughing and congestion, Robitussin offers its two-bottle Maximum Strength Day/Night Pack. The daytime formula combines dextrometh-orphan with the expectorant guaifenesin to suppress coughs and ease chest congestion. The nighttime formula combines the cough suppressant with an antihistamine to relieve itchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. These products are not for MAOI users and should not be used to sedate a child. (

A product designed especially for children is Robitussin's Children's Cough and Chest Congestion DM. Intended for children over the age of six, the grapeflavored liquid is formulated to relieve coughs and thin mucus and chest congestion. Children under six and MAOI users should not use. (

Also formulated specially for children is Zim's Advanced Vapor Rub, a nongreasy "100% natural'' cough suppressant and topical analgesic containing menthol, arnica extract, aloe vera, camphor, coconut oil, white beeswax, and eucalyptus. Product literature indicates that the ointment targets "those seeking natural alternatives and parents not wanting to use harsh chemical products on children." The product is available in either a jar or a tube with a simple no-mess applicator, and was slated to commence distribution to independent and regional drugstores by the end of 2014. It is also available from the Zim's website, (

Infirst Healthcare has launched a new product line for children, leading off with three cough-and-cold remedies that are 10% cocoa, intended to improve medication compliance through enhanced flavor with greater appeal for children. Dr. Cocoa for Children Long-Acting Cough Relief, with dextromethorphan, relieves cough for up to eight hours in children four to 13 years of age. The non-drowsy formula can be used day or night. Intended for the same age group, Dr. Cocoa for Children Daytime Cough + Cold Relief combines dextromethorphan and phenylephrine to relieve cough, congestion, and stuffy nose without compromising children's alertness throughout the day. …

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