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Addicted To Menthol Cough Drops
Packaging of 9.1mg Menthol cough drops says I can take 1 drop every 2 hours. Is this the maximum amount I can safely have?
A Drop In The Bucket: Maybe they're worried about too much sugar, unless they are sugarless.In that case, maybe worried about too much Eucalyptus(menthol)--tell that to the Indian chief in his sweat lodge!So,I really don't see a problem unless you're chewing them down by the dozens, which will defeat their rather meager purpose.All-in-all I'd say you could take a few more than that as long as you don't mind your breath ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Tiny clear blisters on the inside of both cheeks in the area where I'd hold a cough drop. Been using Halls menthol cough drops. Could this be why?
No: Most likely, this is another reason for this blisters. You can use camomile tea for gargling mouth many times per day for 2-3 days. If no better go to the doctor. ...Read more
Yes.: Of course it works better when not delivered in smoke. ...Read more
Are non menthol cigarettes worse than menthol? I ask since menthol is used in cough drops. I know both are bad so please dont answer with that
Otherwise: Otherwise there would be a warning sign. And menthol has been around for many years. Therefore there should be no problem. ...Read more
Does inhaling menthol vapors or sucking a cough drop really open up breathing passages, or just feel cold and is perceived as opening things up?
Some menthol DOES: Open up nasal passageways; however, it doesn't last very long...Sometimes it's better to use straight saline nasal spray or spray gel, because in the winter, nasal membranes will swell when they are dry. The saline penetrates the swollen membranes and causes them to shrink, secondary option might be a nasal steroid. ...Read more
Not many: Cough drops contain menthol and camphor mostly, and I am unaware of any complications of even heavy use of these. Many drops are sugared, and weight gain and tooth decay, gum problems may occur with heavy use. There is no potential for such drops to cause physical addiction, but psychological dependency can occur to many things. Some people are "oral" and need things in their mouths a lot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad liver and recovering drug addict what can I take on top of cough drops for a cold or upper respatory infection?
Getting it right!: I wanted to express admiration for your choices to fix what must have been a big mess. The folk who helped you through all the abuse - of and by - you may be good for this kind of advice - so may a pharmacist. Otc symptom relief should be safe for you. Read the box well. If you can, find a nurse/dr you trust and get all sorts of info - keep it to learn how to stay on track. Best wishes! ...Read more
Cough drops: Depends on the active ingredients as well as the quantity consumed. Once you know the active ingredients you can re-ask the question here if you like and get a more complete answer ...Read more
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