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Medicines That Don’t, cough, Work

Save your $ and a late-night run to the drug store. Cough medicines don't work for most people, most of the time. We have known this for years and years.

On a South American trip last month with two of my grandsons, the younger — 14-year-old Tennyson — developed a cough. He had no fever, congestion or fatigue, said he felt fine, ate and slept normally and stayed well-hydrated. But eight days later, after watching a live raptor show for 90 minutes in freezing winds, his cough was noticeably worse. As the responsible adult, I decided to get him an over-the-counter cough medicine ... READ MORE