Nonprescription medications for respiratory symptoms: Facts and marketing fictions

Updated: Oct 12

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Note: This paper is about "Over The Counter" [OTC] medications. Fully referenced document is located at an offsite link called ResearchGate: HERE


Takeaway - There were no evidence-based OTC mucolytics, (also commonly called “expectorants”) or antitussives likely to be of clinical value.


The Journal of Family Practice says to use honey HERE. (Seriously; honey!) Read on to learn about how ineffective honey and all OTC antitussives are.)


Note: We tried EVERYTHING that is OTC for Bethany - and nothing worked in any way. Yes, we squirted Buckwheat honey down her throat. Looking back, I am shocked that this was the best the medical research community could come up with. I feel so foolish. We have an entire closet filled with all of this useless OTC antitussive "cough medicine". Then we learned about Dr. Weinberger, and he provided us with a and complete and instant cure. Yes, The Weinberger Procedure - by proxy does indeed work as a permanent cure for acute, sub-acute as well as chronic cough (with the proper diagnosis and treatment.) Check out our World Habit Cough Instant Cure Map HERE for some of the many children, adults and seniors who have been cured from their cough - just by watching a YouTube video!


Dextromethorphan is in nonprescription preparations as an antitussive. Its efficacy has been compared with placebo and honey in children ages 2 to 18 years. The honey and dextromethorphan were blinded. Dextromethorphan was little better than placebo, whereas honey provided the greatest benefit (Figure.

5 below).


Data on the various products that combine dextromethorphan with guaifenesin or an antihistamine are unlikely to have significantly more antitussive effect than dextromethorphan alone.


Whether higher doses might have more antitussive effect is not likely to be examined because CNS toxicity occurs at high doses of dextromethorphan, especially in poor metabolizers, because of a deficiency in cytochrome P4502D6.


Skepticism regarding the value of nonprescription OTC medications for acute cough has also been published in a Cochrane Review.





Conclusion (Click HERE to read the entire paper.)


OTC medications of value include antihistamines for allergic rhinitis and hives, with cetirizine and fexofenadine preferred because of their efficacy and minimal risk of adverse effects. Diphenhydramine has the least relative potency. Topical nasal corticosteroids are the most effective OTC agents for persistent nasal congestion

and other symptoms of allergic rhinitis, with oxymetazoline effective for short-term quick relief for nasal congestion. There were no evidence-based OTC mucolytics, (also commonly called “expectorants”) or antitussives likely to be of clinical value.


Dr. Weinberger contributed to this peer reviewed and published paper.


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Mr. Dennis E. Buettner
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Miles Weinberger MD
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University of California San Diego
Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa