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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Expectorant: An expectorant should start to work within an hour, but the effects are going to be subtle. Add saline nasal spray for better effect in loosening mucu ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ask: Please submit clear & specific questions about this. 1 question per entry is best. Clarify and re-ask.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Advise you see a doc: At this point, far into a cough, you should see a doctor. Unable to make any kind of diagnosis here but need to take the next step.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Call: If possible, best to not take anything.But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
No!: An expectorant helps loosen the mucus and make it less sticky so you can cough it out more readily. On the other hand, a cough suppressant suppresses ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
35 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: Not a problem.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Zicam: It does not claim to contain an expectorant. The nasal swabs caused troubles with smell but all products are still being used and rely on the benefits ... Read More
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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Not contradiction, rather complementing each other, antihistamines act as cough suppressants besides help decrease excessive secretions, expectorants ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: In old medical literature there was concerns that antihistamines could potentially cause problems in persons with asthma. This is not the case and ne ... Read More
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