Cough syrups & lozenges
A tried-and-true remedy for many is a cough syrup that contains dextromethorphan. Keep in mind that if you’re only dealing with a cough, you don’t need a remedy that treats multiple symptoms like congestion and headache.
Lozenges are also a good go-to, as the extra saliva you produce when sucking on the pastille helps soothe a nagging cough. With both syrups and lozenges, look for honey – a proven cough soother – on the ingredient list. Zinc is another ingredient to look for: It helps the immune system and prevents bacterial adhesion.