Why are syrups used to treat cough symptoms while tablets are used to treat most other symptoms
It’s difficult to swallow when you’re coughing and have a sore throat. Syrups start working before they’re swallowed, as they coat the throat and soothe the soreness.
Syrups are actually used to line the throat to prevent the tickling and irritation. It is the tickling and irritation which causes coughs, so syrups do not treat the cough but instead just prevent the cough reflex happening.
Whereas with tablets, some medications work better in different places of the body – some work better when absorbed in your stomach whereas others in the intestines. So tablet form allows the tablet to get to where it wants to be before it’s absorbed.