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A 33-year-old member asked:

how long after i take it before an expectorant begins to work?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
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 mucus.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Perhaps: Expectorants help to loosen mucous and let you cough it up easier. Supressants help with the annoyance of coughing. Coughing is good unless you cough to the point of vomiting or not being able to rest or sleep. Both seem to been of help but most colds stop on their own with plenty of rest and fluids. Humidification helps as well.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How could something be both an expectorant and a suppressent?

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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
Pathology 20 years experience
Cough Syrup: Many cough syrups have more than one active ingredient to include an anti-tussive(eg, codeine) and an expectorant (eg, guaifenesin).
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is expectorant harmful for a diabetic patient? Any answer appreciated.

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Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 26 years experience
No: One of the most common expectorants is guaifenesin, which thins mucus and is commonly found in cough medicine. Expectorant cough medicine may contain other ingredients that are bad for diabetic patients, like sugar or alcohol. Look for products made specially for diabetic patients.

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