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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

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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