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Cough Medicine

There are various types and causes of coughing, and for some people it is a frequent frustration in their lives.  Choose from our wide range of cough medicines and remedies on this page, buy online and have your purchase delivered directly to your door.  Why do we cough?  |  Types and causes of coughing  |  When to seek medical help  |   Cough preparations Home remedies and tips
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Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
MUCINEX DM MAXIMUM STRENGTH 1200MG 14s
MUCINEX DM MAXIMUM STRENGTH 1200MG 14s
SKU 2431505
$39.99
Help to fight your worst chest congestion and cough with Mucinex DM Maximum Strength 1200mg. Its maximum strength and extended release bi-layer formulation may help to provide 12 hours of relief and assist in controlling symptoms all day and night.
CLINICIANS PROSPAN BRONCHIAL SYRUP 200ML
CLINICIANS PROSPAN BRONCHIAL SYRUP 200ML
SKU 501641
$27.99
Clinicians is proud to introduce Prospan Bronchial Syrup to the market. Prospan Bronchial Syrup is a natural formula made with wild ivy to soothe throat and help clear the airways.
CLINICIANS PROSPAN BRONCHIAL SYRUP 100ML
CLINICIANS PROSPAN BRONCHIAL SYRUP 100ML
SKU 501642
$20.99
Soothe your throat and help clear your airways by taking Clinicians Prospan Bronchial Syrup. It's powerful herbal formula is made from dried ivy leaf to help thin the mucus and moisten dry irritated membranes of the airways.
MUCINEX EXPECTORANT 12 HR TABLETS 20s
MUCINEX EXPECTORANT 12 HR TABLETS 20s
SKU 2379341
$28.50
When used as directed Mucinex is effective in helping to relieve chest congestion so you can Coughmore productively. As advertised on TV.
DURO TUSS DRY FORTE 200ML
DURO TUSS DRY FORTE 200ML
SKU 339091
$23.99
Duro Tuss Forte Dry Cough Syrup relieves stubborn dry Coughs and has a Cough suppressant and is Triple the strength of DURO-TUSS Dry Cough Liquid Regular
DIMETAPP PE SINUS DAY NIGHT 24
DIMETAPP PE SINUS DAY NIGHT 24
SKU 2397064
$17.99
To get full coverage relief both for daytime and night time, take Dimetapp PE sinus Day Night Tablet. Day tablet is a non-drowse formula to give instant relief from symptoms of sinus congestion, painful blocked nose; while the night tablet is formulated with added antihistamine to get relief from itchy watery eyes and sneezing for a good night's sleep.
DURO TUSS CHESTY COUGH FORTE 24 TABLETS
DURO TUSS CHESTY COUGH FORTE 24 TABLETS
SKU 2481324
$16.99
Hardworking cough tablets that thin mucus and make it easier to cough up to clear heavy chest congestion.
ROBITUSSIN CHESTY COUGH NASAL CONGESTION GREEN 100
ROBITUSSIN CHESTY COUGH NASAL CONGESTION GREEN 100
SKU 2384353
$15.99
To help control coughing for up to 8 hours take Robitussin Cough and Chest Congestion. It may help to loosen the mucus thereby aiding in clearing chest congestion.
DURO TUSS EXPECTORANT 200ML
DURO TUSS EXPECTORANT 200ML
SKU 227870
$23.99
Duro-tuss Expectorant is a Sugar-free, Alcohol-free linctus useful for thinning down Phlegm and reducing the Cough.
DURO TUSS CHESTY REGULAR 200ML
DURO TUSS CHESTY REGULAR 200ML
SKU 2017210
$23.99
Duro Tuss Chesty Regular 200ml
DURO TUSS CHILDRENS IVY LEAF EXTRACT STRAWBERRY 200ML
DURO TUSS CHILDRENS IVY LEAF EXTRACT STRAWBERRY 200ML
SKU 2494566
$22.22
A non-drowsy liquid with increased antioxidant activity to support your child's immune system and ivy leaf extract to help to clear and moisten the airways.
CLINICIANS PROSPAN 200ML SYRUP AND 20 LOZENGES
CLINICIANS PROSPAN 200ML SYRUP AND 20 LOZENGES
SKU 2437872
$29.99
Get on top of an irritated throat and cough naturally with this great deal on Clinicians Prospan Bronchial Syrup 200ml and Clinicians Prospan 20 Lozenges.
MUCINEX EXPECTORANT 12 HR TABLETS 10s
MUCINEX EXPECTORANT 12 HR TABLETS 10s
SKU 2379333
$20.50
When used as directed Mucinex is effective in helping to relieve chest congestion so you can Coughmore productively. As seen on TV
ROBITUSSIN CHESTY COUGH FORTE 100ML
ROBITUSSIN CHESTY COUGH FORTE 100ML
SKU 2384337
$15.99
For a double action relief of heavy chest congestion, take Robitussin Chesty Cough Forte. Formulated with an expectorant Guaiphenesin and the mucolytic, Bromhexine. This combination helps break-down the cough by loosening congestion for easier expulsion of mucus or phlegm.
DIFFLAM C LIQUID 100ML
DIFFLAM C LIQUID 100ML
SKU 312835
$16.99
Difflam C Anti inflammatory Antiseptic Solution for fast relief of painful throat and mouth conditions including: sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, pain post mouth or throat surgery, pain post dental procedures.
PARACARE SUSPENSION 250MG ORANGE 200ML
PARACARE SUSPENSION 250MG ORANGE 200ML
SKU 305081
$17.99
  • Relief of mild to moderate pain and discomfort.
  • Reduces temperature in fever.
  • For headache, symptoms of cold and flu and feverish conditions.
DIFFLAM C LIQUID 200ML
DIFFLAM C LIQUID 200ML
SKU 312843
$22.99
Difflam C Anti inflammatory Antiseptic Solution for fast relief of painful throat and mouth conditions including: sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, pain post mouth or throat surgery, pain post dental procedures.
ROBITUSSIN MUCUS RELIEF DOUBLE ACT ORANG 10
ROBITUSSIN MUCUS RELIEF DOUBLE ACT ORANG 10
SKU 2397099
$15.99
To help get relief from heavy chest congestion, take Robitussin Mucus Relief Double Action. It contains both expectorant and mucolytic which helps to make it effective in breaking-up a cough by loosening congestion in order to get it off your chest.
DURO-TUSS IVY LEAF COUGH 200ML
DURO-TUSS IVY LEAF COUGH 200ML
SKU 2454289
$23.99
Specially formulated for little children from 6 months old, this homeopathic preparation contains two active ingredients that supports immune function and helps clear airways.
DURO TUSS LINCTUS REGULAR 200ML
DURO TUSS LINCTUS REGULAR 200ML
SKU 339083
$23.99
The DURO-TUSS range of products provides effective relief of dry Coughs and chesty Coughs. DURO-TUSS products are available in both liquid and lozenge formats for convenience at home and on the go.
VICKS FORMULA 44 CHESTY 180ML
VICKS FORMULA 44 CHESTY 180ML
SKU 2152029
$21.99
Get help to clear up your chest congestion by taking Vicks Formula 44 Chesty Cough. It is a non-drowsy formulation that may help to soothe a sore throat.
ROBITUSSIN MUCUS RELIEF DOUBLE ACTION 200ML
ROBITUSSIN MUCUS RELIEF DOUBLE ACTION 200ML
SKU 2397056
$21.99
Get those tough phlegm out with some help from Robitussin Mucus Relief Double Action Syrup. It breaks down mucus and loosen chest congestion thereby providing symptomatic relief from congested chest and Coughs due to the common cold. Formulated non-drowsy and sugar-free, making it ideal even for those who remain active while experiencing common colds and Cough.
VICK 44 EXTRA STRENGTH SYRUP 180MLS
VICK 44 EXTRA STRENGTH SYRUP 180MLS
SKU 2016400
$18.99
Vicks Formula 44 Extra Strength Syrup 180ml From Pharmacy New Zealand Online

Why do we cough?

Coughing is not considered as an illness in itself, but rather a symptom of something else going on in the body.  Most often it is just the body's way of removing something from the system that is causing irritation.  It is also the natural reaction of the body to remove mucous from the lungs in order to clear the airways.  However, sometimes a cough can be an indication of a condition that needs addressing, whether that be a simple cold or flu, or a more serious illness.

Since it is not a disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition, the type of cough you have can be used to evaluate the real cause to know the best treatment option to use.

What are the types and causes of coughing?


There are two basic types of cough - productive and unproductive cough.

Productive Cough produces phlegm or mucous. The mucous may either have drained down to the back of the throat from the nose or it may have come up from the lungs. The way to deal with productive cough is not to suppress it since it clears the lungs of mucous. Some of the causes of productive cough are:

Common cold - productive cough is a normal reaction of this particular illness. It is often triggered by the mucous that drains down to the back of the throat.
More serious infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis or tuberculosis
Chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is usually caused by stomach acid going up the esophagus.
Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
Smoking or other tobacco use
 
Non-productive cough on the other hand is dry and does not produce sputum.  This may develop toward the end of a cold or after a person gets exposed to an irritant. This can either be dust or smoke.  The following are some of the causes:

Viral illnesses - towards the tail end of a common cold, a dry cough may develop, which often gets worse at night.
Bronchospasm - this happens particularly at night
Allergies - dry cough as a symptom of allergic rhinitis
Medicines called ACE inhibitors
Exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals in your work environment
Asthma
Blockage of the airways, either by inhaled object or food that blocked the throat.

How do you know when your cough requires medical attention?

You should seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your cough is accompanied by blood.
  • You have suddenly developed difficulty breathing.
  • You have developed high fever.
  • You have developed rashes.

Monitor the following changes and see your doctor for checkups if:

  • Your coughing gets deeper or more frequent, especially if you have noticed a change in the amount or colour of your mucous.
  • You have developed additional symptoms; such as: sore throat, earache, sinus pain
  • Your condition gets worse.

Cough preparations

There are basically 2 types of preparations which help to alleviate a cough: expectorant and suppressant.  These may come either in cough syrup or tablet form.

Expectorants helps thin the mucous to make it easier to cough it out. This is best when you have a productive cough. Drinking plenty of water will also help in thinning out mucous. Guaifenesin is an effective expectorant used as active ingredient in cough preparations. Make sure to look for it in a cough medicine.

Suppressants control or suppress the cough reflex.  These work best for dry, hacking coughs that keep you awake.  Use suppressants with caution, as they do suppress the natural and helpful job that coughing performs in the body.   This is especially true for those who suffer from asthma and other forms of lung diseases where coughing will help a lot.   It is important to cough up the phlegm as this prevents developing bacterial infections. However, you may need to take suppressants if you are finding it difficult to rest or sleep because of coughing.  Always talk to your health practitioner to get the right advice for you.

What are some home remedies and tips for dealing with a cough?

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids as this help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat. If you have a dry hacking cough, you may take honey in hot water, tea or lemon juice.
Put an extra pillow under your head to make it a little elevated. This will help to ease dry cough.
Take cough drops which are helpful in soothing an irritated throat.
Use a humidifier with plain water to help add moisture to air.
Quit smoking and do not use other forms of tobacco.
Avoid irritants like smoke, dust and other pollutants. If you cannot avoid entirely, use a facial mask. Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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