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Cold vs. Flu

Know your symptoms

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Cough Heroes

Dextromethorphan and Guaifenesin

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Muscus vs. Phlegm

What you should know

Sick Etiquette

Sick Etiquette

Germs never take a sick day. Check out the following do’s and don’ts from etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, and help limit the spread of germs.

Cold & Flu Symptom Awareness

Cold & Flu Symptom Awareness

A new survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Robitussin found that while consumers are aware of sick etiquette, they have some work to do when it comes to proving it.

Understanding Coughs

Understanding Coughs

Learn how to take care of and control a cough.

The Cold Hard Cough Facts

The Cold Hard Cough Facts

The common cold and cough affects millions of people each year.

How Cold Medicine Works

How Cold Medicine Works

Find relief for common cold symptoms.

Understanding your Cough

Understanding what your cough is telling you

The two types of cough — wet cough and dry cough — are associated with different conditions.

Soothing Liquids

Soothing Liquids

When treating a cough with cough syrups, it is important to consider the active ingredients as well as both the taste and form in which the medication is taken.

Anatomy of the Cough

Anatomy of the Cough

Even though a cough is unpleasant, annoying and disruptive to everyday life, it actually serves as one of the body’s defense mechanisms.

Proper Cough Medicine Dosing for Children

Proper Dosing for Children

Learn how to determine dosing and medications for your little ones.

Cold and Flu Fast Facts

Cold and Flu Fast Facts

Get quick and helpful information about colds and flu.

Why Take Cough Medicine and Decongestants

Why Medicine?

Find out what types of medicines can help ease your cold symptoms.

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8 Indoor Activities for Kids

Whether your little ones are at home because of bad weather, school closures or other circumstances, keeping them occupied can feel daunting.

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5 Staycation Ideas

Vacation should be a time for people to unwind and relax from their day-to-day responsibilities of work or school.

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Wash Your Hands Songs – Tunes for Effective Washing

The simple act of washing your hands is vital for preventing the spread of germs, diseases, and illnesses from one person to another.

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How to Cover Your Cough – Tips for Covering Your Cough and Sneeze

Covering your cough and sneeze is one of the easiest ways prevent the spread of germs.

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Immune System Booster Foods & Ingredients to Fight Illness

Whether it’s cough and cold season or you’re trying to avoid a bug that’s going around, immune system booster foods can be a helpful addition to your diet.

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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Traveling for work or play often comes with the risk of picking up a bug.

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Why Does my Toddler Cough at Night?

Discover what may be making your toddler cough at night. Robitussin has some tips to help them feel better so you can both get some restful sleep.

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How to Help Relieve Chest Congestion Using Home Remedies

Chest congestion can be tough to get rid of if you don’t know what’s causing it and how to get the mucus out.

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What Causes Excess Mucus?

Discover what causes excess mucus when you’re feeling under the weather. Robitussin can relieve cold or flu symptoms.

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Green Phlegm: What You Need to Know

Understand what causes green phlegm and how you can ease your coughing with this overview from Robitussin. Coughing up green phlegm isn’t necessarily cause for alarm.

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Chest Congestion Causes & Symptoms

Understand what causes chest congestion, how to recognize the symptoms of chest congestion, and remedies to ease chest congestion with this Robitussin overview.

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Runny Nose vs. Stuffy Nose: What’s the Difference?

Discover the differences between a runny nose and a stuffy nose. Robitussin can help you treat these symptoms of a cold or flu so you can breathe easily.

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How to Loosen Chest Congestion When You’re Sick

Let Robitussin help you find out how to loosen chest congestion. Discover helpful tips on breaking up chest congestion and easing symptoms.

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Why Do I Cough at Night

Learn from Robitussin why you cough at night and what causes your cough to worsen. Discover ways to relieve your nighttime cough and get a good night’s sleep.

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Tips on How to Help Relieve an Annoying Dry Cough

Discover how to relieve a dry cough with Robitussin. Find out what can cause a dry cough and get tips and tricks on getting dry cough relief.

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Stuffy Nose at Night – Why Do I Get Congested Before Bed?

Learn what causes you to have a stuffy nose at night with this article from Robitussin. Discover how to relieve the nasal congestion before you go to bed.

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What Is Catarrh?

Discover what catarrh is and learn the meaning of this unusual word. Robitussin can help you find effective relief for your uncomfortable symptoms.

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What Is Post-Nasal Drip?

Learn what post-nasal drip is and how to treat it with Robitussin. Post-nasal drip happens when you swallow mucus unconsciously and can lead to discomfort.

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Why Does My Body Ache?

Learn about body aches and what causes them with this article from Robitussin. See why you get body aches when you’re sick and find tips on helping with pain.

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How to Break a Fever at Home

Start feeling better and learn how to break a fever at home. When you’re sick at home with the flu and a fever, Robitussin can help you feel like yourself again.

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What Does Your Snot Color Mean?

Learn about changes in your snot color with this article from Robitussin. Discover what causes excessive nasal mucus and what the color of your snot means.

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Sinus vs. Nasal Congestion

Learn about sinus vs. nasal congestion with this article from Robitussin. Discover what sinus congestion is and how it differs from nasal congestion.

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Can You Take Zinc for Colds?

Find out if you should use zinc for colds with this article from Robitussin. Learn more about zinc supplements for colds and the risks with taking them.

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Is It A Cold or Allergies?

Learn how to tell the difference between allergies and a cold with this guide from Robitussin. Find out if your symptoms are caused by a cold or allergies.

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Why Am I Coughing Up Mucus?

Stop coughing up mucus and clear your chest congestion with a little help from Robitussin. Learn how to get relief from your symptoms and start feeling better.

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Does a Humidifier Help with Congestion and Cough?

Understand how a humidifier helps with congestion and cough. Robitussin explains how this useful tool can help you breathe easier when you’re feeling sick.

Robitussin Dietary Supplement FAQs

  • Does Robitussin have any dietary supplements within its product line?

    Yes, Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief liquid is crafted with ivy leaf to relieve occasional cough associated with hoarseness, dry throat and irritants and help clear mucus when coughing.* Naturals Cough Relief + Immune Health liquid is made with ivy leaf to relieve occasional cough associated with hoarseness, dry throat and irritant, plus zinc to support a healthy immune system.* They are both drug and alcohol-free and contain True Source Certified Honey. Also, available in Gummies.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • True Source Honey is ethically and transparently sourced. Click here to learn more.

Robitussin Products FAQs

  • WHY IS THE EXPIRATION DATE IMPORTANT?

    Medicine is given an expiration date to assure quality of product. It’s important always to read the expiration date on your Robitussin carton and on the bottle label. It’s not recommended you use medicine beyond its expiration date.

  • WHAT'S THE BEST PRODUCT FOR MY SPECIFIC SYMPTOMS?

    To find the right relief for your symptoms, try our Robitussin Relief Finder. Always be sure to read and follow label directions and consult your doctor with any questions.

  • CAN ROBITUSSIN PRODUCTS BE TAKEN DURING PREGNANCY OR WHILE NURSING A BABY?

    As with any medicine, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using Robitussin products.

  • CAN A PERSON WITH ASTHMA USE THIS PRODUCT?

    You should consult with your doctor to answer any specific concerns with your condition.

  • WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT YOUNG ADULTS' MEDICINE ABUSE?

    Robitussin wants to help you protect your teenagers and young adults from the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicine abuse. Click here to learn more about potential medicine abuse.

  • HOW CAN I KEEP MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN?

    All Robitussin products contain child-resistant packaging, however, it’s important to keep all medications out of sight and reach of children at all times.

    Here are a few simple steps can help:

    1. Make sure you store medicine in a locked cabinet out of the sight and reach of your children.
    2. Never leave your medicine sitting out or in sight or within reach.
    3. Get rid of your old medicine in a way that your child cannot reach it.
    4. Teach your children that Robitussin is medicine– not candy.
  • DO CHILDREN NORMALLY GET MORE COLDS THAN ADULTS?

    While the average adult only gets 2-4 colds a year, children can average to 6-10 colds a year. That’s because children haven’t yet built up the immunity to viruses that adults have. Children are also exposed to a greater variety of illnesses at school, daycare and other social gatherings with other children.

  • ARE ANY ROBITUSSIN FORMULAS FOR DIABETICS?

    Yes, Robitussin Sugar-Free Cough + Chest Congestion DM is specially formulated for diabetics.

  • VERIFIED NON-GMO

    We recognize that some consumers are looking for products where less is more. That’s why we have verified that Robitussin Naturals are made without ingredients that are genetically engineered (non-GMO). The products verified as non-GMO are as follows:

    Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief Syrup

    Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief Gummies

    Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief + Immune Health Syrup

    Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief + Immune Health Gummies

    Children's Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief Syrup

    Children's Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief Gummies

    Children's Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief + Immune Health Syrup

    Children's Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief + Immune Health Gummies

  • WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "NON-GMO"?

    When we refer to “GMO” (otherwise known as “genetically modified organism”), we mean an organism that was modified through genetic engineering, or other scientific means, that alters its natural state to one that could not have occurred naturally.

  • ROBITUSSIN NON-GMO STANDARD

    It is important to note, there is currently no official U.S. federal non-GMO definition. We’ve based our non-GMO standard on a careful evaluation of FDA guidance documents, existing and proposed standards from within and outside the US and, standards set by independent organizations.

    Our non-GMO standard requires sourcing non-GMO by origin ingredients for our verified products. This means we use an original seed source that is conventionally grown (not genetically engineered) for our ingredients. Our verification is based upon a thorough evaluation of supplier documentation confirming the non-GMO status of the ingredients that make up our products.

    Non-GMO by IP refers to non-GMO by Identity Preservation. This requires practices and processes for controlling contamination from at-risk GMO inputs and ingredients. While non-GMO by IP is acceptable for our standards, it is not required.

    PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing is a method of detecting genetic material in products. A PCR(-) finding alone is not sufficient to ensure that a product is non-GMO. In certain cases, testing may be used as a verification tool.

    We allow for the use of fermented ingredients or processing aids that are genetically engineered, as long as the genetic material from the processing aid is removed from the finished ingredient and is not present in the final product.

  • Can I use an HSA or FSA to buy Robitussin products?

    You can use your HSA and FSA tax-preferred savings account to purchase certain OTC products including Robitussin. The passage of the CARES Act by Congress includes provisions to restore OTC eligibility under tax-preferred HSA and FSA accounts. Your plan details may vary, so save your receipt and check with your benefits or health provider for eligibility.

    Source: https://www.chpa.org/Monograph_FSA_CARES.aspx

  • What do the terms “natural” and “non-naturally derived” ingredients mean for Robitussin Naturals?

    All our Robitussin Naturals are crafted from natural ingredients like English Ivy Leaf Extract and Ture Source Certified Honey. Our line also includes a few purposefully selected non-naturally derived ingredients. Here is what we mean.

    “Natural” ingredients come directly from a plant, animal or mineral found in nature and have been minimally processed to purify them. “Non-naturally derived” or synthetic ingredients are processed in a laboratory rather than sourced from nature.

  • Which Robitussin Naturals items contain non-naturally derived ingredients?

    All our Robitussin Naturals are crafted from natural ingredients like English Ivy Leaf Extract and True Source Certified Honey. Our line also includes a few purposefully selected synthetic (also known as non-naturally derived) ingredients.

    • non-naturally derived for Adults and Children include vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system.*
    • non-naturally derived for Adults and Children include zinc, an antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system.*

    Learn more about “natural” and “non-naturally derived” ingredients here.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • †Robitussin Naturals are DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS. †Ivy Leaf relieves occasional cough and helps clear mucus associated with hoarseness, dry throat and irritants; non-naturally derived vitamin C (Immune Health gummies) and zinc (Immune Health liquids) support a healthy immune system.*
  • **True Source Honey is ethically and transparently sourced. Click here to learn more
  • ††Among leading cough and cold brands.
  • ^Read more about our non-GMO standard. here
  • This product contains the active ingredients Dextromethorphan.
  • *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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