Chocolate compound beats codeine for cough-suppression


30 Responses to “Chocolate compound beats codeine for cough-suppression”

  1. duncan says:

    What’s “LINPOOLS”? I google it and get a bunch of links about swimming pools. Also, wha’s this to do with a cobbler?

    • Laroquod says:

      LINPOOLS are obviously the things evil foreign corporations put in the air in their supermarkets and drug stores to leech the precious bodily fluids of young Americans.

  2. Anonymous says:

    For some reason, this study seems not to apply to me.

    When I eat hot peppers, I usually get a runny nose for a few minutes (no coughing whatsoever), and then I feel great for the rest of the day.

    When I eat chocolate, I usually end up sneezing for some unknown reason.

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. squeeziecat says:

    so Mexican hot chocolate with chili peppers is the perfect antidote … to itself.

  5. billstewart says:

    I don’t know if it’s effective or not, but since I currently have a cough I guess I’ll go experiment…. for Science!

  6. joshhaglund says:

    I make a version of chai tea from ingredients in my spice rack when I get a cough. Chocolate powder would make a delicious addition! Normal recipe: tea bag, 1tsp ginger, just a little each of: cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, clove. put that in boiling water with some soy/milk and sweeten with honey or stevia (i avoid refined sugars when i’m sick).

    placebo, possibly. but if it fails at least it’s tasty!

  7. millrick says:

    how about chocolates with a “vile, repulsive, disgusting, incredibly effective Buckley’s Mixture” filling?

    or just chocolate and codeine ~ that would probably be more fun

  8. Anonymous says:

    I had very bad stomach problems for the last few years, as did my sister. Her doctor diagnosed her problems are being partly related to the vagus nerve, and after some research, I came to the same conclusion for my own problems. (My doc wasn’t as aggressive in diagnosing the source of my problems, only treating the symptoms.) As it happened, I had a major chocolate monkey on my back at the same time. I haven’t been as interested in chocolate since my problems cleared up, so this is an interesting finding. Strange I hadn’t come across this information in the depths of my research.

  9. dragonfrog says:

    They were inhaling capsaicin, not eating it. Which seems to confirm what most of us suspected already – snorting finely crushed chili powder would be highly unpleasant.

    Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any information about dosage – how much cocoa do I need to take, how often, to achieve appropriate medicinal levels of theobromine?

    @ Boba Fett Diop – Unfortunately, while DXM’s effect on coughs may be equal to placebo, it has a very real effect on me – inducing nosebleeds. That’s not even on the list of possible side effects that comes with the bottles, I had to search for it, and found it mentioned in a forum for people who drink massive quantities of DXM for fun (shudder).

  10. Anonymous says:

    Pei pa koa is pretty decent cough medicine (from herbal as I remembered), great non alcoholic medicine, some western cough medicine are more effective, but this is non drowsy.

    You can access info online @

  11. Anonymous says:

    Seems different people are getting different take-away info from this study.

    To me, it says that eating a hot chilli will probably work against a cough, by swamping the receptor, and making by body then ignore it for a while. Something to try next time I’m annoyed by a cough.

    Failing that, chocolate.

  12. Anonymous says:

    from what i remember from class, you should take about 50 grams of chocolate that is at LEAST 70% cacao to have the desired effects… i think that was pretty key to mention actually, so we don’t have the cold-sufferers of the world mowing down on snickers at the first sign of cough.

    also, i would only use this in dire straits (i.e. to get to bed, or before a presentation, etc) for a cough has its own agenda- it’s trying to clear your airways of mucus, pathogens, etc- you don’t WANT to suppress it for the most part. then there are “non-productive” (no mucus) coughs that seem to be caused solely by irritation (such as dry, smoker’s coughs), which it may help… but since smoking paralyzes your mucociliary elevator, that cough may be happening for good reason, as well.

    lastly!, the reason most cough suppressants are useful is only due to their “simple syrup” carrier, which is why honey is just as effective (with no side effects). it simply coats your throat. honey also has some amazing antimicrobial properties to boot, so it’s helping you get better in the meantime : )

    - naturopath-in-training (in fact, in the middle of exams, so pardon the hastiness of this message, but i felt compelled to comment!)

  13. dragonfrog says:

    LINPOOLS: Lazy Ingrates Needing Personalized, Obsequious (and) Overwheening Levels (of) Service.

    Depending on your neighbourhood, it can be very hard to go shopping without having to worry about when a volatile LINPOOLS will go off on you…

  14. Sapa says:

    That is fine for people who are able to interact with any derivative of cocoa.
    Being one of those who can’t and also being fed up of not being able to go into my local Boots store because of the volatile LINPOOLS in the air, for me this is just one more irritating thing I have to look for in ingredient lists.

  15. Snig says:

    Last time I looked, none of the otc cough medicines had any efficacy for cough supression over placebo.

    • Boba Fett Diop says:

      That’s why you want to get a cough syrup with Dextromethorphan in it. It won’t help your symptoms, but if you take enough, you won’t really care.

  16. Anonymous says:

    So, chocolate suppresses the gag reflex? Hmmn…

  17. splint says:

    Yeah, but only in small quantities. I bet you I can completely suppress your cough if I had enough codeine.

  18. kossmikman says:

    Pish posh! Nothing will beat Bayer’s Heroin.

  19. retrojoe says:

    I’ve been using dark chocolate for coughs (I get horrible coughs with chest colds) for the last 2 years or so after reading a study on theobromine. Perhaps it’s in my head but I would say that it is noticeably effective. I opt for Mint Dark Chocolate as I don’t generally care for high priced bars of “roasted dirt”.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Enough codeine will suppress your LIFE!

  21. jphilby says:

    When I was afflicted with a wracking cough that was tearing my lungs apart, a wonderful compassionate doctor in Silicon Valley once fixed me up with two quarts of Actifed-C. I made that stuff last as long as I could.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Tea is also rather high in theobromine. It will also benefit in other manners to alleviate one’s cold.

  23. Sapa says:

    I think most coughs are caused by neglected allergies so honey and lemon is best.

    Any “cold” that starts as the first rains start in autumn and toadstools begin to release spores, or (in UK) in February when the first hazel trees flower are suspect and should be treated as hay fever.

    I get migraine from even 1 grain of cocoa and from touching chocolate wrappers or breathing in the volatile linpools but have been told it isn’t an allergy but is a chemical reaction.

  24. Purplecat says:

    Why don’t we just combine the two.

    It’s not as if anything could go wrong with mixing an incredibly addictive substance with codeine.

  25. Keneke says:

    Wait, is the Capsaicin they’re talking about the same stuff in hot sauce? So when you really need to avoid coughing, you should avoid spicy foods?

    Not that I was using hot sauce for any sort of cure (except the cure for boredom), but still.

  26. Shart Tsung says:

    The article is from 2004 :)

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