Cough is the protective way of cleaning the respiratory tract from mucus, dust, dirt, pieces of food, and other irritating throat or airway particles. Coughing from time to time is normal and healthy. But if your or your child’s cough lasts more than several weeks or is very strong, constant, vigorous, and dry, it may need medical attention, cough syrups, and other medicines.

Chronic cough and diseases that cause it


A cough that lasts for more than three weeks is called chronic. The main reasons for chronic cough are allergies, asthma (most common in children), bronchitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and postnasal drip. To treat the chronic cough, you should be under a doctor’s supervision. Recovery from this type of cough may require prolonged therapy and sometimes lifestyle changes.

What diseases cause acute cough


Acute cough may be treated without hospitalization. It depends on its strength, frequency, duration, and the presence of side effects such as fainting, headache, pain in the chest, vomiting, and fever. Acute cough may be a symptom of these diseases:

  • Seasonal cold
  • Flu
  • COVID-19
  • Inhaling an irritant (for instance, smoke, dust, chemicals, or foreign particles)
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Whooping cough



The first two diseases from the list above don’t need doctor supervision unless the cough lasts over three weeks, becomes stronger day by day, and it’s impossible to reduce fever. If so, don’t hesitate to call a doctor or go to a walk-in clinic to get proper diagnostics and recommendations that may include even antibiotic therapy.

Best acute cough syrups in India for outpatient care


Even a cough that doesn’t require a doctor’s supervision can be exhausting both for children and adults. Cough syrups can quickly ease symptoms, strength, and frequency of coughing fits. Some of them contain only natural extracts of herbs, some — medical active ingredients such as Dextromethorphan, Ambroxol, or Guaifenesin, or even a combination of synthetic and medicinal ingredients.


The effectiveness and availability of different cough syrups made them very popular for outpatient care use.

We recommend always consulting with a doctor before taking any medicine, but for educative and introductory purposes, we provide a list of the best cough syrups in India.

Best cough syrups for kids


Cough in children is a common problem for all parents. When kids begin going to daycare, they tend to catch more viruses their immune system hasn’t met before. That is why children start to get sick more often than before and most likely have a cough as a side effect.

The first and the most working rule to treat viruses of seasonal colds is to stay at home and drink more warm liquids.


Since not all syrups are safe for kids, especially for infants and toddlers, uncontrolled usage of either natural or synthetic syrups can lead to severe side effects, complications of the disease, or even death. If the cough affects your kid’s sleep or causes strong annoying coughing fits and you feel a need to add medicine to ease symptoms, call your family doctor or book an online pediatrician consultation. The specialist can assess your child’s symptoms and give you recommendations on how to safely treat cough and what cough syrups to use.


The most popular cough syrups in India prescribed for children above five years old are Ayurvedic.

They usually contain a lot of herbal extracts, natural oils, and honey that can treat either dry or productive cold:

  • Dabur Honitus Herbal Cough Remedy Sugar-Free (price is approx. ₹95)
  • Himalaya Koflet Syrup (price is approx. ₹75)
  • Cofsils Naturals Cough Syrup (price is approx. ₹64)
  • Dr. Morepen Lemolate Gold Ayurvedic Cough Syrup (price is approx. ₹53.2)
  • Zandu Ayurvedic Cough Syrup (price is approx. ₹67.5)


Even though these syrups are completely natural, we can warn you that some of herbs or extracts can cause severe allergies or other individual reactions.


So before giving your child any medication, please, consult with a pediatrician online.

Best cough syrups for pregnant mothers


One of the sweetest periods of a woman’s life, pregnancy, can be spoiled by the sudden flu or seasonal cold with an annoying cough as a symptom. Pregnant women can’t use most medicines without urgent need. Furthermore, risks to a woman’s life should be higher than risks to a baby’s life.


Along with a popular thought that all herbal medicines are safe, some natural ingredients of cough syrups can cause premature labor or crossing a placenta, and even harm a baby. So before taking any cough syrup either natural or artificial, a pregnant mother has to speak with a doctor. A gynecologist or a general practitioner can help a woman choose the right outpatient therapy to treat a cough. The doctor can explain what herbs are safe during the pregnancy and what ingredients pregnant women have to avoid.


Some popular cough syrups synthetic ingredients are also safe during pregnancy such as Dextromethorphan or Guaifenesin.


Specialists often prescribe one of these five cough syrups for pregnant mothers:

  • Herbodil Syrup (price is approx. ₹49)
  • Vaddmaan Zecof (price is approx. ₹280 for 4*100ml)
  • Maharishi Ayurveda Kasni Cough Syrup (price is approx. ₹154)
  • Multani Kuka Cough Syrup (price is approx. ₹92)
  • Prospan Sugar-free Cough Syrup (price is approx. ₹94)

Side effects of cough syrups and what to do


Since all syrups we listed below are Ayurvedic, the side effects of their use depend on their herbal ingredients. Despite general side effects, some herbs can cause individual reactions such as allergies.


Common health problems related to the usage of Ayurvedic cough syrups are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Belching
  • Hiccups
  • Stomach pain
  • Allergic rash
  • Sensitivity to light


If any of these symptoms occur stop taking cough syrup immediately. If the symptoms are developing — call a doctor or even an emergency when you’re getting worse.