A member asked:

When taking a cough suppressant should you always take an expectorant? i've seen & been told mixed answers. thanks

A doctor has provided 1 answer
Dr. Charles Gordon answered

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 your lungs ability to cough and get rid of the mucus! You may ask yourself why package them together in the same pill or liquid? That's due to our Republican Congress not wanting to interfere with the greatest medical system in the world.

Answered 2/1/2018



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