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What is dry cough?

A non-productive, irritating type of cough where no phlegm or mucus is produced is termed as a dry cough. It is generally associated with a tickling sensation in the throat.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Signs and symptoms associated with dry cough include:

What are the main causes?

A dry cough is mainly caused by:

  • Viral illness (cold, flu [influenza] or post-viral or post-infective cough [in which cough is present for weeks following viral illness])
  • Asthma
  • Whooping cough
  • Inflammation of the larynx (laryngitis) or certain types of lung diseases (interstitial lung disease)
  • Smoking
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever, due to inhalation of allergens such as pet dander, pollen or dust) or inhaled foreign body, which is more common in babies and children
  • Medicinal side effects (angiotensin-converting-enzyme [ACE] inhibitors for high blood pressure)
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux or post-nasal drip (the drainage of mucus secretions from the nose or sinuses down the back of the throat)
  • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea

Less common causes of a dry cough include:

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Initially, your physician will take a detailed history of a cough and any other symptoms, following which a physical examination will be performed. Depending on the history, individual’s age and findings on examination, the physician will advise tests which include:

  • Allergy tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Throat swab (A sample is collected from the back of your throat, and the specimen is tested for infections)
  • Pulmonary function tests

Treatment of a dry cough depends on its causative factor (eg, cough caused by viral infection is self-limiting and resolves on its own within a week or two). The various measures to relieve a dry cough include:


  • Honey coats and soothes the throat and helps to relieve the irritation that triggers a dry cough
  • Drinking plenty of liquids (warm broths, tea, etc.)
  • Gargling with salt water helps a cold and sore throat with dry cough
  • Stopping certain medicines (ACE inhibitors, beta blockers) which trigger dry cough and taking alternative drugs after consulting your physician
  • Taking sips of water reduces the urge to cough
  • Cough suppressants (available as lozenges [containing an antibacterial] or liquid or linctus [cough mixture]) which suppress the urge to cough include:
    • Pholcodine
    • Dextromethorphan
    • Codeine
    • Dihydrocodeine
    • Pentoxyverine
  • Cold and flu combination medicines usually contain the following:
    • An antihistamine
    • A decongestant (to relieve a blocked or stuffy nose)
    • Paracetamol
  • Nasal sprays and inhalers for dry cough due to allergic rhinitis or post-nasal drip include:
    • Saline or corticosteroid nasal spray
    • Corticosteroid inhaler (medicine is breathed in through the mouth)
  • Reflux treatment, which is given to individuals with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, includes:
    • Treatment with medications that block the acid secretion (such as proton pump inhibitors)
    • Self-care measures include avoiding eating just before bedtime and raising the head of your bed
  1. Medicines for Dry Cough
  2. Doctors for Dry Cough
Dr. Yogesh Parmar

Dr. Yogesh Parmar

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Dr. Vijay Pawar

Dr. Vijay Pawar

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Dr. Ankita Singh

Dr. Ankita Singh

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Medicines for Dry Cough

Medicines listed below are available for Dry Cough. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
SolvinSolvin 30 Mg/4 Mg Tablet42.0
Benadryl DrBenadryl Dr Kids Syrup76.73
BenadrylBenadryl Dry Cough Relief 15 Mg/5 Ml Syrup78.0
Brodil DBrodil D Syrup 30 Mg56.79
Codorex DmCodorex Dm Syrup20.0
DmrDmr 10 Mg Tablet26.0
PilodexPilodex Syrup55.0
TusstatTusstat 15 Mg Syrup60.0
Aa HaAa Ha Syrup46.66
LeekufLeekuf Syrup23.37
Leekuf JuniorLeekuf Junior Syrup45.0
AlernylAlernyl 5 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Altime Cf JuniorAltime Cf Junior 5 Mg/10 Mg Syrup59.0
Cetmet TcfCetmet Tcf 5 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
RekofRekof 5 Mg/10 Mg Syrup45.9
Alocet DAlocet D 5 Mg/10 Mg/5 Mg Syrup71.0
Childryl ZChildryl Z Syrup57.05
Alkof AAlkof A Syrup31.25
Alkof LiquidAlkof Liquid22.2
Decoril DxDecoril Dx Syrup 100 Ml60.0
Altime CfAltime Cf Syrup0.0
Arid DArid D Syrup0.0
Cetmet AccCetmet Acc Tablet0.0
Biterles PlusBiterles Plus Syrup55.0
Retherma CdRetherma Cd Syrup38.41
Ambrolite DAmbrolite D 30 Mg/10 Mg/5 Mg Syrup0.0
D CofD Cof Syrup0.0
GalirexGalirex Syrup Syrup 5 Mg/10 Mg/5 Mg0.0
TurboTurbo 30 Mg/10 Mg/5 Mg Syrup0.0
Cz TusCz Tus Syrup65.0
DrykofDrykof 15 Mg/5 Mg/2.5 Mg Syrup56.57
Kaff DmKaff Dm Syrup51.23
Megavent DMegavent D Syrup59.52
Xpect AXpect A Syrup64.0
Ambrosol DAmbrosol D 10 Mg/5 Mg Syrup66.0
Lemolinctus PdLemolinctus Pd 2.5 Mg/5 Mg Syrup39.88
Ascoril DAscoril D 5 Mg/10 Mg/1.25 Mg Syrup0.0
CoritussCorituss Syrup0.0
DeletusDeletus 10 Mg/5 Mg/1.25 Mg Tablet0.0
Kofnok DKofnok D Syrup49.52
New Deletus DNew Deletus D Syrup69.2
RatifedRatifed Syrup91.36
Ascoril Plus DAscoril Plus D Syrup94.0
Refid DRefid D Syrup60.0
Cofwin PzCofwin Pz Syrup0.0
Wifi DWifi D Syrup59.95
Cofstop ZCofstop Z Syrup65.8
Coldarin Cough &Amp; ColdColdarin Cough &Amp; Cold 500 Mg/30 Mg/15 Mg Tablet19.17
NukofNukof 500 Mg/60 Mg/15 Mg Tablet60.0
PediaPedia Syrup37.5
KaffKaff Dry Syrup37.8
Kaff PedKaff Ped Syrup34.8
SreyasSreyas Syrup29.03
Denituss DDenituss D Syrup38.05
Oripect CcOripect Cc Syrup32.15
Megatuss DMegatuss D Syrup20.37
DolarDolar 7.5 Mg/4 Mg Syrup46.66
TussalyteTussalyte 4 Mg/5 Mg Syrup62.0
Dolar ADolar A Syrup42.47
Alvex PAlvex P Syrup56.0
Cofdex PCofdex P Expectorant43.0
KofnokKofnok Syrup52.93
Tridex BTridex B Syrup45.0
Tuxiril XTuxiril X Syrup62.0
Elzin DxElzin Dx 2.5 Mg/10 Mg/1 Mg Syrup66.66
Indikof AIndikof A Syrup63.5
ExotusExotus 15 Mg/2.5 Mg/10 Mg/50 Mg/5 Mg Syrup73.13
Tussin DmrTussin Dmr Syrup75.0
Rekof CcRekof Cc Tablet0.0
Tixy SoftTixy Soft 10 Mg/100 Mg Capsule0.0
Xl 90Xl 90 10 Mg/100 Mg Syrup0.0
Dextopen SyrupDextopen Syrup41.47
Tussmax SyrupTussmax Syrup45.32
Chupp DChupp D Capsule13.12
BrexBrex Expectorant120.0
Zirlon PlusZirlon Plus Syrup42.6
FlucocideFlucocide Syrup38.0
Kuftive JuniorKuftive Junior Syrup60.0
ADEL Acalypha Indica DilutionAcalypha Indica Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Acalypha Indica DilutionAcalypha Indica Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Acid Fluor DilutionAcid Fluoric Dilution 1 M155.0
Schwabe Aconitum PentarkanAconitum Pentarkan Tablet140.0
ADEL 13Adel 13 Fattex Drop215.0
ADEL 14Adel 14 Ferrodona Drop215.0
ADEL 25Adel 25 Somcupin Drop215.0
ADEL 33Adel 33 Apo Oedem Drop215.0
ADEL 34Adel 34 Ailgeno Drop215.0
ADEL 54Adel 54 Cangust Drop215.0
ADEL 61Adel 61 Supren Drop215.0
ADEL 79Adel 79 Ferrodona Tonic Syrup610.0
ADEL 7Adel 7 Apo Tuss Drop215.0
Schwabe Alpha-AcidAlpha Acid Tablet93.0
Schwabe Alpha-CCAlpha Cc Tablet93.0
Schwabe Alpha-CFAlpha Cf Tablet93.0
Schwabe Alpha-DPAlpha Dp Tablet186.0
Schwabe Alpha-MPAlpha Mp Drop86.0
Dr. Reckeweg Ammonium Mur DilutionAmmonium Mur Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Ammonium Mur DilutionAmmonium Muriaticum Dilution 1 M155.0
Mama Natura AnekindAnekind Globules180.0
Dr. Reckeweg Ars. Sulph Flav. DilutionArsenic Sulph Flav Tablet 4 X190.0
ADEL Arsenicum Alb DilutionArsenicum Album Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Arsenicum Iod DilutionArsenicum Iodatum Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Ars Sulph Flav DilutionArsenicum Sulphuratum Flavum Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL BC No 25Biocombination No. 25 Tablet135.0
ADEL Bromium DilutionBromium Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Bromium DilutionBromium Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Bryonia Alb DilutionBryonia Alba Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Bryonia Alb DilutionBryonia Alb Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Coffea Cruda DilutionCoffea Cruda Dilution 1 M155.0
Schwabe Crataegus PentarkanCrataegus Pentarkan Tablet140.0
Schwabe Graphites PentarkanGraphites Pentarkan Tablet280.0
Schwabe Grindelia PentarkanGrindelia Pentarkan Tablet140.0
Dr. Reckeweg Justicia Ad DilutionJusricea Adh 2 X Mother Tincture Q200.0
Dr. Reckeweg Justicea Adh QJusticia Ad Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Justicia Adh DilutionJusticia Adhatoa Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Kali Nit DilutionKali Nitricum Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Kali Nit DilutionKali Nitricum Dilution 1 M155.0
Mama Natura KindigestKindigest Globules180.0
ADEL Laurocerasus DilutionLaurocerasus Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Mentha Pip. DilutionMentha Piperita Dilution 1 M155.0
Mama Natura NisikindNisikind Globules180.0
Omeo Flu TabletsOmeo Flu Tablet109.0
SBL Orthomuv SyrupOrthomuv Sugar Free Syrup120.0
ADEL Osmium DilutionOsmium Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg R12Reckeweg R12 Calcification Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R14Reckeweg R14 Sleep And Nerve Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R23Reckeweg R23 Eczema Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R24Reckeweg R24 Pleurisy, Intercostal Neuralgia Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R2Reckeweg R2 Essentia Aurea Gold Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R31Reckeweg R31 Increases Appetite And Blood Supply Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R32Reckeweg R32 Excessive Perspiration Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R35Reckeweg R35 Teething Aches Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R37Reckeweg R37 Intestinal Colic Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R38Reckeweg R38 Affections Of The Abdomen Right Side Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R3Reckeweg R3 Heart Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R40Reckeweg R40 Diabetes Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R43Reckeweg R43 Asthma Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R44Reckeweg R44 Disorders Of The Blood Circulation Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R46Reckeweg R46 Rheumatism Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R47Reckeweg R47 Hysteric Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R48Reckeweg R48 Pulmonary Respiratory Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R49Reckeweg R49 Sinus Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R53Reckeweg R53 Acne Vulgaris And Pimples Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R54Reckeweg R54 Memory Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R57Reckeweg R57 Pulmonary Tonic Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R59Reckeweg R59 Obesity And Weight Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R5Reckeweg R5 Stomach Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R65Reckeweg R65 Psoriasis Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R69Reckeweg R69 For Pain Between The Ribs Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R6Reckeweg R6 Influenza Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R71Reckeweg R71 Sciatica Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R73Reckeweg R73 Joint Pain Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R86Reckeweg R86 Low Blood Sugar Drop230.0
Dr. Reckeweg R8Reckeweg R8 Cough Syrup370.0
Dr. Reckeweg R9Reckeweg R9 Cough Drop200.0
SBL Drops No. 5Sbl Drops No. 5125.0
Dr. Reckeweg Spongia Tosta DilutionSpongia Tosta 2 X Mother Tincture Q200.0
ADEL Stannum Met DilutionSquilla Maritima Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Stannum Metallicum DilutionStannum Metallicum Dilution 1 M155.0
Mama Natura TussikindTussikind Tbalets180.0
Schwabe TussistinTussistin Syrup97.5
SBL Vertefine DropsVertefine Drop90.0

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