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Antitussive Cough Medication
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 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
Few days: Depends on the dose and duration of use. No more than five days after stopping it. ...Read more
My daughter is 8 months and has a horrible cough can I get her some cough medicine from a drug store for her age?
I think you mean antihistamines, which are used to decrease the body's reaction to allergens and some viruses such as the cold virus. They help decrease mucus production.
Other meds used for cough include: guaifenesin (expectorant), dextromethorphan (cough suppressant), and benzonatate (rx anesthetic that reduces cough reflex). Each can be found in a single ingredient form. Ask your pharmacist ...Read more
Potential Addiction: Cough medicine is abusable and has been abused. Known as robo tripping (http://bit. Ly/bookse), the specific "high" comes from the ingredient dextromethorphan, which essentially causes a dissociative-like state, alongside confusion, slurred speech, etc. Very high doses can lead to respiratory depression and death. Anyone with this problem should seek professional help. ...Read more
No: Most children under 5 years of age (definitely under 2) should not take cold medications. Exceptions may be made for some cough medicines under the guidance of your physician. In general, this is because there may be serious side effects to those medicines in young babies (and oftentimes they do not work). Try saline and a humidifier. Honey if your child is over 1 may also be beneficial. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on which cough medicine. If it is a prescription cough medicine... It may have Codeine and if you are using it daily... Then addiction could be a problem. I would try to figure out what is causing the cough: asthma, acid reflux, allergies, sinususitis, rhinitis (drainage from the nose). ...Read more
Cough medicine abuse: The most common symptom is the craving for the cough medicine--the feeling that you just have to have it, and the fact that you are using it daily for a long period of time instead of just for a few days. The other major symptom would be a withdrawal reaction when you stop taking it--shakiness, irritability, sweats, faster heart rate, etc. ...Read more
I would suggest nasal saline, lozenges, warm liquids and rest.
Here is a link for more information: http://www. Webmd. Com/baby/safe-otc-cold-and-flu-treatment-to-use-during-pregnancy ...Read more
Over-the-counter med: Cough & cold medicines are available over-the-counter w/o prescription in the States. Assuming that you're otherwise healthy & not taking any prescription medications, most cough meds should be fine for average citizen. Those w/high blood pressure should avoid decongestants while elderly should avoid older 1st generation antihistamines (side effects = dry eyes/mouth, can't pee/poop, confusion). ...Read more
Consider "none": These used to be given out routinely as prescription meds before they became over the counter. Now we don't recommend them at all under 6 if at all. So many kids ended up in ER's with overdoses that they took a look at the benefit/risk analysis. If you just want to be doing something, it can be done, but studies show no true benefit under 6. ...Read more
Cough medicine abuse: Yes. Like any addiction, this one is hard to beat, particularly because it is so easy to get cough medicine over-the-counter. Seeing either a physician or a counselor, will help you to understand the problem, its symptoms, the harm it can do, and how to get control of it. There is no major cure. You have to work with someone who understands the disease. ...Read more
Cold preparations: Over the counter cold medicines do not reduce symptoms enough to risk the side effects including changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Try humidifier, lots of liquids (chicken soup!) and ice pops. And see your doctor if he is very uncomfortable. Best of luck and get well soon! ...Read more
If you must: The kid would get more out of a few hugs than they will from this med. Its main value is in giving you something to do. ...Read more
My 5yr old son always had cold and cough. Medicine is not giving effective relief. What should I do?
What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?
Abuse: Abuse is participating in an activity or use of a substance that is known to be harmful or from which you have been warned by competent authority to avoid. Doing something you know you shouldn't but doing it anyway. Using cough medicine for anything other than treating a cough is abuse. So if you use cough medicine to get high, you've got a problem, and should see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it ok for a child to take steroid medicine, cough medicine and azithrowmycin around the same time of each other?
What amount do you have to take and can you make it purer by getting rid of all the other chemicals in cough medicine?
Should my daughter cough medicine or none? My 12 year old daughter has a cough that won't go away. What kind of medicine should she take?
Cough can be tough since there aren't really any good cough suppressant medications available. Since she is 12, you could safely try an over the counter cough medicine, but I listed below how I treat a cough in my house. There are a few things you can do to treat a cough caused by an upper respiratory virus.
- drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated
- hot tea with honey and lemon
- or just a spoon-full of honey - honey has been shown to be as effective a cough suppressant as many over the counter medications
- inhale steam from a shower or cool mist from a vaporizer
- Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen can help with inflammation and throat pain
cough from a cold virus should improve after a week to 10 days. If it does not, of if she gets worse or has any difficulty breathing, call her doctor. ...Read more
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