When you’re struggling with a cough due to a cold, flu, or allergies, the last thing you want is to add other symptoms to the mix. Robitussin® is a popular over-the-counter medication used to treat coughing and other symptoms of colds and flus. However, the medication contains a number of chemicals that may lead to unwanted side effects. Before treating your cough with any old cough medicine in your cabinet, find out how the ingredients in Robitussin work and why taking a homeopathic medication like Brillia Health might be the more effective option for your symptoms.
The Brillia Health Story
Brillia Health is the collaborative effort of scientists working together to target the symptoms of common flus, coughs, and colds and the most gentle and efficient way possible. Our homeopathic formulations use innovative antibody science that’s free from harmful chemicals and harmful side effects. Brillia Health products have been clinically proven to shorten the duration of illness, making it a unique choice among other OTC cold, flu, and cough medications.
Brillia Health vs Robitussin
Robitussin has a range of cough, cold, and flu products that are made for people twelve and older, and other children’s products for kids aged four and older. It's two main ingredients are dextromethorphan, an antitussive, and guaifenesin, an expectorant. There are also multi-symptom products with added pain relievers, decongestants, and antihistamines. We’ll go into how these ingredients work and the side effects associated with them in the next section. Robitussin products also contain added colors and flavors.
While all of the synthetic chemicals found in OTC medications try to suppress your body’s systems to relieve symptoms, Brillia Health products use antibody ingredients to target the common symptoms of coughs, colds, and flus, and work with your body, helping it heal itself. These homeopathic medications are safe for children and adults, with the Cold-Flu Recovery product approved for ages one and above, and the Cough Control product recommended for people over the age of three. Brillia Health products are free from synthetic chemicals, without any added flavors, sugars, or colors.
Active Ingredients in Robitussin
As stated above, the two main ingredients in Robitussin are dextromethorphan and guaifenesin.
Dextromethorphan is an antitussive, otherwise known as a cough suppressant. It works by decreasing activity in the part of the brain that controls coughing. This synthetic chemical is associated with side effects like dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, nervousness, nausea and stomach pain.1 Products containing dextromethorphan should not be used by those taking MAO inhibitors and pregnant or nursing individuals should consult their doctor first.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant that thins and loosens the mucus in your air passages so that it can be coughed up and cleared from your system. This chemical may cause headache, nausea, or vomiting.2
Some Robitussin products contain other chemicals to target specific symptoms. For instance, the multi-symptom Robitussin product contains acetaminophen, a pain reliever/fever reducer that may cause nausea, vomiting, constipation, allergic reactions, and liver toxicity if the dosage is exceeded. The multi-symptom product also includes pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, a decongestant that may cause nausea, vomiting, weakness, or headache.3 Another ingredient in this product is the antihistamine chlorpheniramine maleate, which has been linked to drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, and even increased chest congestion.4 The Robitussin Cough Relief product just contains dextromethorphan, which aims to suppress coughing, though it does not address congestion.
Active Ingredients in Brillia Health Products
Each Brillia Health product contains three active ingredients consisting of antibodies that target different molecules that are involved when you get a cold, cough, or flu.
The ingredients in Cough Control are:
- Lapine Histamine immune globulin: This antibody targets histamines and blocks them from instigating symptoms like congestion, runny nose, and stuffy nose.
- Lapine Bradykinin immune globulin: This antibody acts as an antitussive, binding to the bradykinin molecule to reduce the coughing reflex at its source.
- Lapine Morphine immune globulin: Not to be confused with the narcotic morphine, this antibody gently and effectively blocks pain signals to the brain while easing the overall stress that coughing places on the body.
The ingredients in Cold-Flu Recovery are:
- Lapine Histamine immune globulin: Similar to Cough Control, this antibody to histamine reduces congestion, runny nose, and stuffy nose.
- Lapine CD4 immune globulin: Targeting immune cells, this antibody helps to fight off viral infections faster.
- Lapine interferon gamma immune globulin: This antibody also targets immune cells to strengthen them and recruit even more to shorten the duration of illness.
Brillia Health products do not contain harsh chemicals that dampen the system.They do not cause drowsiness, dizziness, or other harmful side effects. By targeting symptoms at their root causes, the products help shorten the duration of illness as proven in clinical studies, which Robitussin does not.
How They Are Packaged
The various products from Robitussin are offered as an oral liquid, oral tablets, or liquid filled capsules. The kids versions also come in gummies.
Brillia Health Cold-Flu Recovery and Cough Control come in easy-to-use tablets that dissolve in the mouth. They can also be dissolved in a tablespoon of drinking water and then put in the mouth, if that’s easier for young users.
When deciding which product is right for you or your child, it’s important to pick one that targets the symptoms you are trying to alleviate and know what side effects their ingredients may provoke.
Brillia Health products offer a unique combination of active ingredients that are not harsh chemicals, do not have harmful side effects, and are super targeted to the source of the symptoms to help your body heal itself. They are also recommended for younger children (and easy to take), and they are clinically proven to reduce the duration of your illness.