My husband has the same problem. Coughing until he almost passed out. Our doctor will not prescribe codine cough medication for him. He refused. It is the only thing that helps give him a slightly normal life. It has been 3 years now. I don't understand why a 74 year old who never took drugs can't get codine cough syrup. Does anyone know why this is forbidden. He is healthy only the terrible coughing fits.