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Antitussive And Mucolytic Vs Expectorant
Lets see?: Expectorants and mucolytics tend to loosen up thick mucous and allow you to expectorate (spit up and out). Anti-tussives help to suppress coughs. Cough is good to get inflammation and infections out of the bronchial tubes. If annoying, then antitussives may help to get some sleep. Drink lots of water, use a humidifier and rest. Stay at home. ...Read more
1 week dry cough, with sometimes (once or twice a day) brown phlegm. Should i buy an expectorant or antitussive?
Cough: Do you have fever or chills? Any chest pain? You might need to get a cxr to exclude the possibility of having pneumonia since the treatment will be of antibiotics. It is possible also that you have allergic symptoms or even asthma. I would rather give a treatment of the cause of the cough than the cough itself. ...Read more
Depends on cough: Mucolytics are used to thin secretions and mucus - we use it in copd, sinusitis, and other things. The goal of which is to help get mucus out of the lungs through a cough. Antitussives are on the other end of the spectrum - they work to block or suppress the cough. Whether you use a mucolytic or antitussive really depends on the cause of the cough in the first place. ...Read more
I have my 1 week cough . when is the best time to drink my antitussive syrup and my mucolytic medicine ? are they advisable to drink it together ?
Can take together: But those two medicines are just temporizing, you had the symptoms for a week, bit long, you need to see a doctor for better treatment, good luck ...Read more
Stops vs thins: An expectorant is a medicine that thins out mucous, making it easier to mobilize and get out. Usually you'll see Guaifenesin as the active ingredient. A cough suppressant stops the body from wanting to cough. This can be ok at night, since you're not supposed to cough anyways, but not a good idea during the day, so mucous keeps moving. Of course, neither is ok for children until at least 4 to 6 y. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In the lungs nothing: Between the lungs (in the "mediastinum") there is a proliferation of scar tissue that can lead to coonstriction of the large central vessels and airways leading into the lung. The cause is often blamed on a fungal infection, but in some people the cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best cough expectorant? I don't want a cough suppressant because i want to get the mucous out.
Water: Drink clear fuids---such as water, apple juice, pear juice or white grape juice. These fluids will thin mucus. Milk, orange juice etc will thicken mucus. Showers will help to thin mucus also--2 or 3 a day till better. Saline nasal spray or saline sinus lavage will also help. Feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a good mucolytic/expectorant drug?
Immediate-release 400mg guaifenesin doesn't help that much, even after taking more than recommended.
Expectoration : Hydration and more hydration is the key. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is somewhat effective. Mucomyst pills may also help. However, in a generally healthy individual, without underlying lung disease, hydration and time should do most of the work. Eucalyptus oil seems to work in some people, mostly in inhaled form. Please discuss with ur Doctor prior to staring any regiment. ...Read more
I was carded for buying a plain ordinary bottle of cough syrup..No decongestant.Just cough suppressant and expectorant. Is this legal?
Depends...: The cough etiology needs to be diagnosed so that it can be treated. Neither an expectorant nor suppressant treats the underlying etiology and both can be harmful in certain situations. So, you need to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the etiology of your cough and to render appropriate therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation, a contributing factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When taking a cough suppressant should you always take an expectorant? I've seen & been told mixed answers. Thanks
No!: An expectorant helps loosen the mucus and make it less sticky so you can cough it out more readily. On the other hand, a cough suppressant suppresses your lungs ability to cough and get rid of the mucus! You may ask yourself why package them together in the same pill or liquid? That's due to our Republican Congress not wanting to interfere with the greatest medical system in the world. ...Read more
What is the strongest over-the-counter expectorant I have emphysema and my doctor doesn't believe in any sort of cough medicine ..
GG: Some patients feel that Mucinex (guaifenesin) which is glyceryl guaiacolate helps to thin the mucus and make it easier to cough out. The cough might be much better treated by one of the combination inhaled steroids-long acting bronchodilators available by prescription. Spiriva, also by prescription might also help. It may be time to see a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more
Minor cough itchy throat started last week after i took expectorant/cough suppressant combination medicine to loosen mucus. Did the medicine cause it?
Doubt it.: You took the med because you began to have symptoms and thus the worsening is a progression of whatever started your coughing in the first place. If the duration is over 2 weeks or the problem is worsening, see your family doc. ...Read more
Expectorants&mucolytics aim to make it easier to spit up the phlegm.how if the patient doesnt knw how to spit it up. It can happen to autistic patient?
Cough remedies: A mucolytic like "guaifensin" thins out the mucous and secretions as antitussives like "codeine, or dextromethorphan" are made to suppress a cough. These drugs are often used in combination. Drink plenty of fluids with these . See your physician if cough persists or worsens. Good luck and good health ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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