Over-the-counter antitussive medications for acute cough are among the most frequently used medications globally, but concerns have been raised over the safety profile of, for example, codeine-containing mixtures. Should doctors be concerned about this and, if so, which medicines are the safest?

If a cough lasts for longer than 8 weeks, it is classified as a chronic cough that is indicative of a persistent condition requiring referral and/or admission to a hospital ward.

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