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A male asked:

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

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None work great: There is no great medicine for this. Over the counter preparations may help but are mostly snake oil. Honey and lemon tastes good and is benign and may help. If you are a smoker stop. Inhalers may help if there is a reactive component to it.
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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Better c ur doctor : Dry cough can be a symptom for several disorders, and if OTC medications aren't helping , better see your doctor, good luck
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are many potential causes for a cough but the more common ones include post-nasal drips, post-viral infection etc. The list goes on. Need to see a doctor to find out. Unless you know the cause, using a cough suppressant on a long term basis is not recommended.
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Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too.
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Guaifenesin: Take high dose Guaifenesin (tablets), with Hypertonic Saline in power nebulizer. Get hydrated generously. Those will help.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Depends: We often forget that coughing is a protective mechanism; it protects our lungs from mucous leaking down the wrong pipe. However, if one needs cough medicine (such as to allow for sleep, ) one can take Robitussin-DM at night only. Don't take more than instructed and see your doctor if the cough worsens, is associated with a fever, or is not improving after a few days. Lots of water as well.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I am suffering from dry cough . what precautions shoul i take ?

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Surgery 44 years experience
Cover your cough: first make sure to cover your cough with your hand or a piece of cloth make sure to wash your hand often and use anti septic solution if available there a lot or reason for dry cough most of it is not related to lungs like reflux from stomach can cause dry cough.allergy sinusitis can cause a dry cough,medication can cause a dry cough so go and see a doctor if persisted to r/o more serious illness.
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