Changes in terminology and management of over-the-counter cough therapy – time for a fresh perspective?

  • N Schellack Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • L Thom Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • J Du Toit Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • S Grobbelaar Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • T Mokoena Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • R T Kandiwa Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: cough, antitussive, mucolytic, expectorant

Abstract

Coughing is one of the most common symptoms for which patients consult their healthcare practitioners. Their coughing may be caused by various factors such as respiratory tract infections, asthma, inhaled irritants, postnasal drip syndrome and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Terminology that includes ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ has become outdated and should be revisited. An understanding of the pathophysiology of coughs and how they manifest themselves enables the health professional to provide the necessary therapy.

Author Biographies

N Schellack, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
L Thom, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
J Du Toit, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
S Grobbelaar, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
T Mokoena, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
R T Kandiwa, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Published
2019-06-04
Section
OTC Medicines