If you are unfamiliar with the various treatment options then visit the NHS website page on coughs. Remember to always discuss over-the-counter treatment with your local pharmacist so they can check if it is suitable for your condition and safe for you to take.

Although some people find cough medicines helpful, medicines that claim to suppress your cough or stop you bringing up phlegm are not usually recommended. This is because there is little evidence to suggest they’re any more effective than simple home remedies such as honey and lemon with hot water.

The following cough treatments are available over the counter from your pharmacist

Active ingredient Brands
Codeine Linctus Galcodine
Pholcodine Linctus Pavacol-D, Galenphol
Care Pholcodine Linctus
Simple Linctus Care Simple Linctus
Other common cough syrups
Adult Meltus Chesty Coughs
Allens Pine & Honey Balsam
Benylin Chesty Cough
Benylin Mucus Cough
Buttercup Syrup
Care Glycerin Lemon & Honey & Glucose and Ipecacuanha
Covonia Chesty Cough
Lemsip Cough Chesty
Multi-Action Actifed Chesty Coughs
Family Meltus Chesty Coughs
Potter's Chest Mixture
Do-Do Chesteze
Pulmo Bailly
Robitussin Chesty Cough Medicine
Sudafed Chesty Coughs with decongestant liquid
Veno's Expectorant
Vicks Cough Lozenges with Honey
Veno's Cough Syrup
Veno's Honey & Lemon

Over-the-counter treatments listed on this page are available at your local pharmacy. Find your closest pharmacy below.