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Used cough medicine in past 2 weeks

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For sample persons under age 18, MCOF2W reports if the person took or used any cough medicines (such as Vicks, Robitussin, or Phenergan Expectorant and the like) during the past 2 weeks.

MCOF2W is part of the 1981 Child Health Supplement. For more information and related variables about child medication intake, please see MALL2W.

Related Variables about Cough Medicine Use 

  • The main health problem the respondent used the cough medicine for (MCOF2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the cough medicine via prescription (MCOF2WRX),
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of the cough medicine (MCOF2WDREC), and
  • How often the respondent used the cough medicine in the past 3 months (MCOF2WFREQ)


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1981