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Are over-the-counter medications available for whooping cough (pertussis)?

There are no over-the-counter medications that are helpful in treating whooping cough. The only treatment is with antibiotics, which are prescribed by a doctor. Herbal and homeopathic remedies do not cure this illness but may help ease symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you are treating your whooping cough with herbal or homopathic remedies. Over-the-counter cough suppressants have no effect and should not be used.

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