Table 1Commonly used therapies available in the United States for symptomatic treatment of chronic cough

Broad CategoryMedication/Therapy ClassTherapy Name
Nonspecific pharmacological antitussives (cough suppressants)AnestheticsBenzonatate
OpiatesCodeine, hydrocodone
OtherDextromethorphan
Nonpharmacological antitussivesFoodsHoney, tea, lemon, liquor
PsychologicalCognitive behavioral therapy
AlternativeAcupuncture, tai chi, yoga, meditation
MultidimensionalSpeech therapy
ProtussivesExpectorantsGuaifenesin
Mucolytic or mucus modifyingAcetylcysteine, dornase alfa inhaled
Nonpharmacological protussivesPhysicalChest physical therapy

From: Introduction

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Assessment and Management of Chronic Cough [Internet].
Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, No. 100.
McCrory DC, Coeytaux RR, Yancy WS Jr, et al.

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