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Cough Suppressants: Which One Works Best

Updated on May 19, 2012
NyQuil can guarantee you a good night sleep when you have a cold/flu.
NyQuil can guarantee you a good night sleep when you have a cold/flu. | Source

Best Cough Suppressant

NyQuil is the best cough suppressant by far. The first time I heard of Nyquil was about five years after I had immigrated to the US. It was my first time caught a cold in the US. I had a terrible cough. I had taken a lot of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medications that I knew of for about a month to no avail. I couldn’t sleep at all because of the cough and kept everyone in the house up all night. I almost completely lost my voice when a friend called me one night. After hearing my scratchy voice and cough and about the medications I had been taking, my friend suggested for me to try Nyquil. I went out to buy a bottle of NyQuil for cough right after I got off the phone with my friend. I was so thankful that I was finally able to sleep through the night without coughing after I took NyQuil. It worked like a miracle to me. Since my boss didn't want me to be in the office to spread the germ, I continued using NyQuil for the next couple days and got to catch up with my sleep that I had lost over that month. I was so glad that NyQuil helped end a month long nightmare and I was well again the next week.

What Causes A Cough

Cough is caused by the respiratory tract infection which often associated with a cold or flu. Allergic rhinitis, which is triggered by pollen and dander and causes irritation and inflammation, is also a common cause of a cough. Cough can also be caused by air pollution such as tobacco smoke.

In my case it was the cold I caught at work when one of my co-work came in with a cold. Both working overtime and inadequate sleep had put a damper on my immune system which made me vulnerable to airborne virus.

Best Remedy for A Cough

Drink a lot of liquids to keep yourself hydrated and get plenty of sleep/rest while your body fights for the virus. (In my case, I couldn't sleep which worsen the cough.) Cold medicines can only ease the symptoms of a cold, such as stop you from coughing, they can’t stop a cold right away. Your body will build an immunization as it fights against the virus, therefore it will be better for you if you can tolerate the symptoms of cold without taking any medication. All medications have certain degrees of side effects and they could potentially weaken your immune system.

Suppress Cough - No Drowsiness

NyQuil will make you drowsy and sleepy, but DayQuil can keep you awake. Therefore if you have to work during the day, DayQuil will help keep the cough away from you and keep you awake while you work. I have tried both NyQuil and DayQuil over the years and they both have delivered what they promised on the label.

Side Effects of NyQuil and DayQuil

Prolong or frequent use of NyQuil and DayQuil can potentially weaken your immune system and cause severe liver damage. Some people can get addicted to these medicines.

How do You Catch A Cough

Every year there seems to be a new type of cold virus that will make people sick and cough. You will most likely catch a cough if you:

  • Have a bad personal hygiene
  • Are not eating healthy, exercising regularly and lack of sleep
  • Be around the people who have a cold
  • Smoke or be around the people who smoke

Cough Relief for Children

In January 2008, Food and Drug Administration advised parents not to use any over the counter medication for children who are younger than four for cold and flu because the drugs can cause more harm than good. According to, thousands of children end up in hospital emergency rooms with breathing problems, dizziness and high blood pressure due to the improper used of cold medications. Parents should consult a doctor if their kid is sick. Parents also should check with a doctor before using an over the counter cold medication for kids age of 4 to 12. Always carefully follow the label directions and never overdose.


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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Learn for reading and commenting! Hope your kids will never need it.

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      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

      I'll definitely look into Nyquil for my kids. They are four and up now. I found most cough suppressants aren't that great.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you alocsin for reading and the vote up.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll second the use of Nyquil. It works well for me. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you tillsontitan. It's so nice to see you stopping by.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      It is sometimes hard for us to realize that people from other countries don't know about our over the counter medications. NyQuil has been a favorite for a long time because it helps people sleep. You picked a good "cough medicine" to write about.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Good to hear from you donnaisabella. It takes a while for new comers to learn about what people do or use in case of sickness in a new country. I am still learning. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Hey Kitty, long time! Thanks for the detailed information about NyQuil and colds. I rarely get colds and coughs even from people around me but in the first year I was here I caught a nasty cough that took more than 5 months to clear, I did not know what to do with especially because I did not know what medications were available in the country and never took any. Had I known about this medicine,it would have probably helped me like one I took in my country helped me after catching a similar cough. It was a lot like yours. Thanks for sharing.