A 42-year-old female asked:
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i'm caregiver to a 77yr old female with alzheimer's. her doctor said she's could have robitussin (guaifenesin) daily for a long term cough. can it be taken long-ter?

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Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience Psychiatry
As above: U may discuss this with her provider, he must have his reasons.
Answered on Apr 19, 2019
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Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Usually safe for long term but talk with the doctor if you have questions or concerns
Jan 1, 2013
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Consider this: Although Robitussin (guaifenesin) is an otc preparation and relatively safe, patients with alzheimer's may experience exquisite sensitivity to the anti-cholinergic side effects from most medicines. This could create worsening memory, and even promote a delirium or agitation. So, watch this lady with care, and confer with the doctor if problems emerge.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
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