Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which can cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. While there is no specific medication that can cure bronchitis, there are several types of medication that can help alleviate the symptoms, including the cough. Here are some examples:
- Bronchodilators: These are medications that relax the muscles in the airways, making it easier to breathe. Examples of bronchodilators include albuterol (ProAir, Ventolin), levalbuterol (Xopenex), and ipratropium (Atrovent).
- Cough suppressants: These are medications that can help reduce the severity of a cough. Examples include dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM, Vicks 44) and codeine (only available with a prescription).
- Mucolytics: These medications help to loosen and thin mucus, making it easier to cough up. Examples include guaifenesin (Mucinex, Robitussin) and acetylcysteine (Mucomyst).
- Steroids: In some cases, doctors may prescribe steroids to help reduce inflammation in the airways. Examples include prednisone and methylprednisolone.
It’s important to note that not all of these medications will be appropriate for everyone, and some may have side effects or interact with other medications you are taking. You should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medication.