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A 35-year-old member asked:

please tell me what is so bad about abusing cough syrup?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Several reasons: Cough syrup (cough suppressant) only treats the cough and not the underlying condition that is "causing" the cough. Also, some cough syrups contain narcotic medication which can lead to addiction. In the long run, it is a good idea to avoid medications with addiction potential.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Whats a good natural cough syrup ingredient?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Natural cough syrup: Honey and herb tea. Do not give babies under one year of age honey. After one year of age honey is a natural ingredient.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it still safe to take expired cough syrup?

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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Sometimes: Expiration dates are typically meant to be used as a guideline for how long the ingredients are considered "shelf-stable." you can often safely use things that have expired for about 6 months past their date but if you are unsure you should ask your physician or your pharmacist.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What kind of cough syrup is sizzurp considered?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Do Not Use: Sizzurp is a slang name for a mixture containing one or more cough medicines, usually Codeine and often Promethazine mixed with soft drinks and other flavorings. It is not controlled in any way and it is dangerous to use these medications without being prescribed by a physician.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Where can I find REM cough syrup?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Not available: This cough medication from the 1930's contains; 1% alcohol, 1/5% benzyl alcohol, 1/2% chloroform, squills, ipecac, lobelia, wild cherry, blood root, herehound, white pine, tar, tolu, menthol, glycerine, and ammonium chloride. Source: actual product box from the 1930's the maryland pharmaceutical co. Baltimore, md. (i can't confirm this but it is interesting---not sure i would ingest this!).
Framingham, MA
A 61-year-old female asked:

If I am taking a mucinexdm pill can I also take an over-the-counter cough syrup? Just want to make sure they r safe together

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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Perhaps: The cough suppressant in Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm is dextromethorfan. It is ralatively mild cough suppressant and ofter combined with an anti-histamine. I'm not sure what other cough medicine you want to use. Codeine often works better and is available by prescription. If the cough is persistant you probably should see your physician.

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