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Can I use rhinathiol expectorant and actifed tablet?

Yes: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, like reasons not to take one of those meds.
But they are generally used together and are generally quite safe. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Actifed (Definition)

Actifed is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Should expectorant cough syrup be taken with or without water?

Should expectorant cough syrup be taken with or without water?

Cough syrup +/-water: It is best to stay hydrated when taking an expectorant cough medication. I do not recommend cough medication to my patients. I do however prescribe guaifenesin-containing medications. When I do, I ask that they take the medication with a glass of water.
Ask your pharmacist about the best way to take the specific medication prescribed for you. ...Read more

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If sob is caused by mucus can. Cough syrup expectorant solve the prob?

If sob is caused by mucus can. Cough syrup expectorant solve the prob?

Possibly: Anyone with thickened secretions can be aided by a mucus thinner like Mucinex (guaifenesin) and drinking plenty of water. If you have heart failure however you shouldn't overload your body with water. ...Read more

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I have a cold and started Actifed yellow syrup. It makes me sleepy so today I tried Snip. Should I continue taking both or 1 of them? Thanks

I have a cold and started Actifed yellow syrup. It makes me sleepy so today I tried Snip. Should I continue taking both or 1 of them? Thanks

Well : In general follow directions take daytime medications for cold symptoms in the day at nighttime medications at night it's best not to take them both at the same time. Contact your physician for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Can I take expectorant+antihistamine combi cough syrup? Aren't the actions contradictory? Expectorant increasing & anti-histamine drying secretions?

Can I take expectorant+antihistamine combi cough syrup? Aren't the actions contradictory? Expectorant increasing & anti-histamine drying secretions?

No: Not contradiction, rather complementing each other, antihistamines act as cough suppressants besides help decrease excessive secretions, expectorants rather loosen the thick secretions helping to get rid of them, that's why plain water is the best expectorant ...Read more

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M indian. If expectorant oral cough syrup can't stop my coughing even after a week, try some other cough syrups or may be some infection inside stomach?

M indian. If expectorant oral cough syrup can't stop my coughing even after a week, try some other cough syrups or may be some infection inside stomach?

Antitussive: If you are using dextromethorphan containing syrup and that does not work, try some with Codeine in it. If you are in india, would worry about tuberculosis. The issue is why you are coughing. This could be an atypical pneumonia including mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, adult perussis, and so on. ...Read more

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My15m baby w fever runny nose cough, given antipyretic and keflex & actifed syrup, wake at night persistant crying for 2 hours he feels cold then sleep?

My15m baby w fever runny nose cough, given antipyretic and keflex & actifed syrup, wake at night persistant crying for 2 hours he feels cold then sleep?

Pediatric fever: If the baby is not feeding properly, continuously irritable, sleeping excessively, or behaving quite differently than they do normally it would be prudent to have them seen and re-examined by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a baby take syrup containing pseudoephedrine and triprolidine hydrochloride?

Can a baby take syrup containing pseudoephedrine and triprolidine hydrochloride?

Not recommended: Medications such as decongestants (like pseudoephedrine) and antihistamines (like triprolidine) are not recommended for babies or young children. They have not been found to be helpful for cold symptoms in young patients, and in some cases have resulted in dangerous side effects. Nasal saline spray, bulb suction, and humidifier use are more helpful and safer for babies with a cold. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could extract dextromethorphan from a syrup containing pseudoephedrine and triprolidine hydrochloride?

Can you tell me how I could extract dextromethorphan from a syrup containing pseudoephedrine and triprolidine hydrochloride?

For recreational: Purposes? No, I don't know how to do this — but if I did know it would likely not be responsible for me to share that information. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC expectorant?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of actifed?

What are the side effects of actifed?

Dizziness, headaches: Some bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects include dizziness, headaches, and nervousness. There are also, however, some potentially serious side effects of the medication that may require immediate medical attention. . Notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, or difficulty passing urine. ...Read more

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Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Yes: Over the counter expectorants like guanefisin are thought to work by causing irritation in the stomach causing stimulation of secretions in the lungs and stimulates cough. The respiratory secretions become less thick and easier to expectorate. A patient with persistent secretions and cough would benefit from evaluation as there are medications which are more effective than expectorants. ...Read more

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Can I take sleeping tablets with actifed?

Can I take sleeping tablets with actifed?

Yes.: However, actifed causes drowsiness in many people, so you may not need to take a sleep aid. ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter cough expectorants really work?

Do over-the-counter cough expectorants really work?

Expectorants: Yes, they work, but don't expect miracles. They can help during a cold, but they do not completely get rid of the cough. They usually just make the coughing less severe. Feel better! ...Read more

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What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

Definitions: A decongestant prevents fluid from accumulating in a cavity of the body, as a paranasal sinus. An expectorant make sputum more liquid in order to allow you to cough it out. ...Read more

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Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My 6 month old daughter has been prescribed 1ml of Actifed, but we aren't sure if this is safe.

My 6 month old daughter has been prescribed 1ml of Actifed, but we aren't sure if this is safe.

Safe ? maybe .....: I would NEVER prescribe or suggest using this med for any 6 mo infant. Period. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and I want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?

Ask: Please submit clear & specific questions about this. 1 question per entry is best. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a reproductive cough, and I want to take an expectorant. What do you suggest if I have a few questions?

What do you suggest if I have a reproductive cough, and I want to take an expectorant. What do you suggest if I have a few questions?

Advise you see a doc: At this point, far into a cough, you should see a doctor. Unable to make any kind of diagnosis here but need to take the next step. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Pseudoephedrine And Triprolidine (Definition)

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Expectorant (Definition)

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