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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?

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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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Is it ok to suck on menthol cough drops while pregnant?

Is it ok to suck on menthol cough drops while pregnant?

Otherwise: Otherwise there would be a warning sign. And menthol has been around for many years. Therefore there should be no problem. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Any thoughts on damage that can be done by possibly being addicted to cough drops?

Any thoughts on damage that can be done by possibly being addicted to cough drops?

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 more

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I am addicted to halls cherry flavored cough drops. What is the health risk? I also have sle

I am addicted to halls cherry flavored cough drops. What is the health risk? I also have sle

Dental cavities: I love them also but they also have sugar that can attack the teeth and cause dental disease. I don't think there are any other health risks. Try sugar free cough drops. ...Read more

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Bad liver and recovering drug addict what can I take on top of cough drops for a cold or upper respatory infection?

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

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Are menthol lozenges safe during pregnancy?

Are menthol lozenges safe during pregnancy?

Should be fine: A few cough drops or menthol lozenges each day for a few days should not be any problem. ...Read more

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How do cough drops work?

How do cough drops work?

By soothing throat: Generally bu coating the dry irritated mucus membranes with a slippery substance like glycerin, or pectin. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women take cough drops?

Yes: Most cough drops are just candy. Check the label to see if there is actually any medication, and if so check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have cough drops after a tonsillectomy?

Can you have cough drops after a tonsillectomy?

Yes: Cough drops are ok to use even after one has had a tonsillectomy. This is assuming that the surgery was not recent. If so, check with the surgeon first. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant can I take a cough drop for my cold?

I'm pregnant can I take a cough drop for my cold?

Depends: There are some medications that you shouldn't take, like decongestants, if you are pregnant. A good cough medicine is plain old honey. It will coat the throat, is safe to use often, and tastes better. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat cough drops while pregnant for a cold?

Is it ok to eat cough drops while pregnant for a cold?

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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Can i take cough drops (halls) for my old while i'm on warfarin?

Can i take cough drops (halls) for my old while i'm on warfarin?

Yes: There will be no problems with this type of otc cough drop. Good luck. ...Read more