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Friday, February 10, 2012
Cough Syrup Query
We got an email question from someone wanting a good cough syrup. Unfortunately the best thing over the counter everywhere is Delsym liquid. In some states various brands of guaifenesin/codeine syrup are available by signing a registry. The catch is that chain and big box retailers will not sell them OTC even if the law allows. It reduces insurance and DEA liability to not sell without a prescription. The even better cold/cough liquids like Tussionex and Promethazine/codeine are rx only and controlled substances. Since some douche bag rapper made a song about "drank" which is prometh/codeine as a recreational beverage many physicians are reluctant to write for it. Another option is Tessalon Perles which are rx gel caps that most practitioners will have no issue with prescribing because they won't get you high but they will quiet the cough. There are cough quelling options but sometimes they are hard to come by.