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How to stop using cough drops?

How to stop using cough drops?

Get a checkup!: Cough is a symptom of throat and possibly lung problems. If you have a persistent cough, it could be simply related to allergy drainage or acid reflux. An examination by a throat specialist can identify the cause of the cough and then treatments will avoid the need for cough drops. The key is to deal with the cause, not the treatment! ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Are all ricola cough drops safe for preg.

Are all ricola cough drops safe for preg.

Ricola is safe: Ricola, Halls, Cepacol, and Theraflu are common over the counter cold medications safe to use during pregnancy according to most ObGyns. Whenever unsure, it is wise to ask your Obstetrician. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women take cough drops?

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

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Is there any danger in taking halls cough drops. L have diabetes. Not worried about the sugar as I only take a few.

Is there any danger in taking halls cough drops. L have diabetes. Not worried about the sugar as I only take a few.

There should not be: Too much sugar in the cough drop to affect your diabetes but if you have a viral illness which necessitates the use of cough drops there could be an affect on your diabetes from the infection. As long as you monitor your sugars closely there should be no danger. ...Read more

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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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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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Is it bad to take 4 month old cough drops?

Is it bad to take 4 month old cough drops?

Cough in a 4 mos old: Cough medications are not recommended for children under 2 years of age. Try saline nose drops it helps clear the nose, sooth the throat & calms the cough. If cough is frequent or associated with fever, wheezing or any difficulty breathing you should take him to his pediatrician. I hope he gets better soon. ...Read more

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Are cough drops safe for almost 4 year old kid?

Are cough drops safe for almost 4 year old kid?

Choking hazard: 3 is a little young, small children less than 5 are still at risk for this to be a choking hazard. I wouldn't give him one. ...Read more

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Should I use cough drops as appetite suppressants?

Should I use cough drops as appetite suppressants?

No..: Cough drops are not a healthy way to suppress your appetite. To manage your appetite in a healthy way, check out this list of the top 10 natural appetite suppressants:http://failedpilot. Com/589/natural-appetite-suppressant/. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could it be bad if I swallowed a cough drop on accident?

Could it be bad if I swallowed a cough drop on accident?

No: It will be digested by the acid in your stomach. There is no harm to you. ...Read more

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I eat cough drops almost as if they were candies, is that ok???

I eat cough drops almost as if they were candies, is that ok???

Cough drops: Good afternoon! It depends on what ingredients are in the cough drops. If it contains pseudoephidrine you may cause your heart to race or make an arrhytmia (abnormal heart rhythm or rate) worse and you will get dry mouth. Or if they contain guafensin the active ingredient in Robitussin (guaifenesin) you can get nausea vomiting etc. Just eat candy not cough drops... ...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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Are cough drops safe during pregnancy?

Are cough drops safe during pregnancy?

Mgt: A major brand over the counter should be fine. The cause of your cough though can be assessed by your physician. ...Read more

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Are cough drops bad for you when your pregnant or trying to become pregnant?

Cough: Not necessarily but always err on the side of caution. Carefully read the ingredients and be sure none of them are contraindicated in pregnancy. If there is ever a question please consult your obstetrician. ...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