Cough, Cold & Flu

Treat coughs and colds this winter with Amcal’s extensive range of cough medicine brands – trusted by families across Australia. Shop our range of cough medicine and cough remedies in-store or online.

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Cold and Cough Medicines For the Family At Amcal

There are many different kinds of cold and cough medicines available over the counter. Each has a different way of working, and suitability depends on the type of cough being treated. Cough suppressants suppress a cough. Cough expectorants will help loosen mucus so you can expel mucus more efficiently from your lungs.
There are also coughs caused by environmental factors (like pollen, dust, and mould), which can be treated with antihistamine medicines. Acid reflux is another possible reason for a dry cough, where at night, when lying down, acid travels up the esophagus acting as an irritant in the throat, causing a dry cough.

Using Cough Medicine Safely

With so many types of coughs and so many options for cold and cough medicines, it is important to correctly diagnose a cough, select a suitable cough medicine and use it safely, especially checking suitability for adults and children. Some cough medicines and cough remedies are not suited for younger children, and also may not be safe for adults with other health issues, like high blood pressure. When using cough medicine, it is important to:

  • Correctly diagnose the type of cough being treated
  • Read the instructions and dosage on the box
  • Be aware of side effects
  • Speak to your Amcal pharmacist if needed

Purchasing the right cough medicine for you

A cough is a natural reflex action by your body in an attempt to clear irritants from your airways. Coughs are often a result of a viral or upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). Finding the right cough medicine and determining what cough remedies work best for you and your family can often feel like a breakthrough.

The first step is to diagnose the type of cough to then be able to purchase the right kind of cough medicine for you or a family member. Choose from Amcal’s range of cough remedies including cough medicine suppressants for dry coughs or cough medicine expectorants for chesty coughs. For more serious coughs or persistent coughs, it is best to speak to a health care professional.

Types of cough

Dry coughs

A dry cough can feel like a tickle at the back of your throat and you cough as a reflex reaction, trying to clear away mucus and irritants. Dry coughs can be irritating, debilitating and exhausting because they are persistent and nagging. Dry coughs can also be stressful -- especially in the case of babies and children, who don’t naturally reach for a sip of something warm. At night, sleep is often affected by a nagging dry cough, so cough medicine that works to treat a dry cough can help to restore sleep for the whole family.

Chesty coughs

With a chesty cough, a cough sounds big and your chest often feels heavy, sometimes even sore because of chest congestion. Chesty coughs are often called productive coughs because you may cough up mucus or phlegm. Chesty coughs can be a sign of bronchitis.

Treating kids with a cold and flu

Treating kids with colds and flu, especially babies and toddlers can be tough. Often cold symptoms and coughs become worse at night. Chest congestion, a runny nose, or a post-nasal drip often keeps children up at night coughing. Sleep is so important for an unwell child so it is necessary to find a cough medicine that works for your child and family. For young babies and children, for coughs and cough treatments, as well as cold medicines and cold remedies, it’s often best to speak to your pharmacist or doctor for medical advice, especially if your child has a temperature, is wheezing, has chest pain or has difficulty in breathing.

Guaifenesin, Dextromethorphan, and Pseudoephedrine explained

  • Dextromethorphan is an ingredient used in over-the-counter cough medicine as a cough suppressant or antitussive.
  • Pholcodine is another ingredient used in cough medicine as a cough suppressant.
  • Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps to loosen congestion in your throat and chest so that you’re able to cough it out through your mouth.
  • Bromhexine is a mucolytic and can be used to break excessive mucus and thick phlegm associated with a chesty cough
  • Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant and works to ease nasal congestion by shrinking blood vessels in your nasal passages. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient in OTC nasal decongestants that help to clear your nose.

How cough medicines work

Cough suppressants

Cough suppressants help to suppress or stop a dry cough. For over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine, dextromethorphan or pholcodine can be an active ingredient. Amcal’s range of cough suppressants include Benadryl Dry Tickly Forte and Bisolvon Dry Cough Liquid and Robitussin Dry Cough Forte.

Breaking down congestion

For chesty coughs, guaifenesin or bromhexine in cough expectorants treats a chesty or phlegmy cough by loosening mucus, helping the body cough it out. Benadryl Chesty Forte is an expectorant cough medicine for chesty coughs, available at Amcal pharmacies.

Helping sore throats

The are many cold and cough remedies that can help sore throats. Amcal’s wide range of sore throat remedies include Betadine Sore Throat Gargle, Codral Sore Throat Lozenges and Difflam Sore Throat Lozenges.


Brands we know and trust

When it comes to looking after our health and our families, Australians rely on brands we know and trust. This is why Amcal has an extensive range of cold and cough remedies for the whole family. From sinuses to chesty coughs to sore throats to dry coughs, Amcal’s range of trusted brands, relied on by families across Australia, include Vicks, Benadryl, Robitussin, Bisolvon, Prospan, and Bronchodual.

When to consult a health professional

Most coughs so can be treated with over-the-counter cough medicine or at home cough remedies. But if you or a family member have a cough and also feel unwell, have a high temperature, and/or a sore throat, it is best to consult a health professional. If a cold, cough or sore throat persists, especially for young children and older adults, it is best to consult a health professional.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cough Medicine

Amcal has a wide range of trusted over-the-counter (OTC) brands of cough medicine, suited to different types of coughs. A cough suppressant is suitable for a dry cough, and an expectorant for a chesty cough. Always read the packaging and instructions to check suitability for you or a family member.

Depending on the type of cough you have, choose from a cough suppressant for dry coughs or expectorant cough medicine for a chesty cough. Always read the instructions, feel free to speak to an Amcal pharmacist, and if your cough persists or seems unusual, it is best to speak to a healthcare professional.

The best cough medicine is the one that best addresses the type of cough being treated. Depending on the kind of cough – a dry cough or a chesty cough -- impacts the choice of cough medicine. In Australia, there are many trusted brands of cold and cough medicine for dry and chesty coughs. Amcal stock a wide range of trusted cold and cough medicine brands.

Once you’ve diagnosed the type of cough you have, and ensure that it’s not resulting from a more severe medical condition, there are cough medicines and cough remedies that may help stop a cough. Amcal’s range of cough suppressants and cough expectorants can help stop a cough. Other at-home remedies that may help stop a cough instantly includes sipping warm water, salt water gargle, and honey.