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Household Items: Cough Drops & Adult Cough Syrup

By January 7, 2020No Comments

COMMON HOUSEHOLD MEDICINES/SUPPLEMENTS – cough drops and adult cough syrup

The same ingredients of concern in kids cough syrup are of equal concern for teens and adults in cough syrup. (See children’s post 3 back)

1️⃣Dextromethorphan is an antitussive (which means cough suppressant) that is “chemically related to codeine, though it is not an optiate.” It can be intoxicating and dangerous in high doses. This is especially concerning for teens. (1)
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2️⃣Phenylephrine (decongestant), diphenhydramine (antihistamine), and guaifenesin (expectorant) side effects range from increased blood pressure to anxiety.(2)

??Better ingredients that help to soothe and coat the throat are:
Honey
Zinc
Lemon
Apple cider vinegar
Ginger
Eucalyptus

Both the ??cough syrups and cough drops pictured above include ingredients like:
❌Artificial dyes
❌Artificial sweeteners (like sucralose and Ace-K)
❌Artificial flavors
❌EDTA
❌Soy, corn syrup and sugar which are likely GMO and therefore glyphosate sprayed.

Remember there is always a better choice out there!

Want more?

For my blog post about children’s cough syrup, click HERE.

For my blog post about immunity boosters, click HERE.

For my blog post about antacids, click HERE.

For easy baking swaps, click HERE.

For all of my cheat sheets and guides, click HERE.

Sources

1 https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs11/11563/
2 https://www.cardiosmart.org/Healthwise/d058/77/d05877

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