Alcoholic Content of Cough and other Over-the-Counter Medicines
by David J. Hanson, Ph. D.
Alcohol is often a major component of cough syrups and other over-the-counter medications and preparations. Following is an alphabetical list of many medicines with a high alcohol content. 1
|Contact Severe Cold||25.0|
|Dent’s Toothache Drops||60.0|
|Double Action Kit||60.0|
|Terpin Hydrate with DM||40.0|
Not surprisingly, a major use of the very highest proof alcohol is medicinal. 2
Alcohol is listed as medicinal in the United States Pharmacopoeia. 3
It’s important to be aware of how much alcohol your medications contain. Laws against driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) do not distinguish between blood alcohol content (BAC) that comes from drinking alcoholic beverages, from medications, or from that produced naturally in the body (endogenous ethanol production). They’re all the same to a breathalyzer and in the eyes of the law.
Breath testing machines are not reliable and often register falsely high readings. Therefore, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Always be sure to drink alcohol carefully when taking pharmaceuticals. Ask your physician or pharmacist about any precautions or prohibitions and follow the advice given.
This web site does not provide medical opinion or advice and none should be inferred. Always consult a qualified physician or other qualified health professional for health and medical advice.
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