I actually like Robitussin (otc drugstore). Otherwise, I like Luden's Honey Cough Drops but I'm not sure they are still made and they don't work as well as the Robitussin. Unfortunately, coughs tend to last well beyond the cold.
I hope some of the other curlies chime in with good suggestions and that you feel better soon!
Tea with honey is also useful if you could carry a thermos of it. None of these will make you sleepy - I would avoid all purpose type pills which might make you sleepy. G/L with this!
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I am at the tail end of a head cold and need to go to work tomorrow and be alert. Does anyone have any treatment suggestions for a lingering cough? Would it be a special cough drop brand and flavor?
that depends on what type of cough it is.
if it's a post nasal drip cough (kind of tickly, back of throat, where you have to cough/clear your throat often), you'd have to treat the sinus drip to get rid of that type of cough.
if it's a residual mucousy cough, try a cough suppressant that can quiet the cough during the work day. but suppressing the cough might prolong your misery. assisting a productive cough helps you to get rid of that mucus once and for all.
in either case, i agree that honey in tea, or even hot honey-lemon water would be a soothing drink, at least for a raw throat from persistent coughing, if for nothing else.
i know not everyone has flexible jobs, but when i'm on the tail end of a virus and have that nasty mucousy cough, i just stay home so that i can have a day of productive coughing in private. my work environment is sooo quiet, i wouldn't want everyone hearing a mucousy cough all day, nor would i want to wear a path between my office and the restroom to cough in private.