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How can a nighttime cough medication be both a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

How can a nighttime cough medication be both a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

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

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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How long will this codeine cough medicine be reflected in my body in a drug test?

How long will this codeine cough medicine be reflected in my body in a drug test?

Few days: Depends on the dose and duration of use. No more than five days after stopping it. ...Read more

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My daughter is 8 months and has a horrible cough can I get her some cough medicine from a drug store for her age?

My daughter is 8 months and has a horrible cough can I get her some cough medicine from a drug store for her age?

Mgt: It is not advised at her age. I would suggest nasal saline drops and a humidifier which can provide some relief.
She should see her PCP, and a virtual appointment can be booked online as well. ...Read more

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Is there any cough medicine that doesn't have histamines.

Cough meds: 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

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Can I take cough medicine with amoxicillin?

Can I take cough medicine with amoxicillin?

Yes: Most cough meds should not interact with amoxicillin. Usually contain dextromethorphan or a codeine-like cough suppressant. Do not mix with alcohol due to additive sedating effect. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is cough medicine abuse?

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

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Is mixing a cough medicine with milk poisonous?

No: Milk just causes a bit more phlegm production so you feel like coughing but it certainly will not harm you no matter what cough medicine you are taking! ...Read more

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Can you take tramadol 50mg with cough medicine?

Can you take tramadol 50mg with cough medicine?

Yes, you can, but: Risk of side effects increases. Tramadol use can also lead to addiction, abuse, and misuse. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my baby cold or cough medicine?

Is it safe to give my baby cold or cough medicine?

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

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What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

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

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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

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

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What are the differences between CF and dm in cough medicine?

What are the differences between CF and dm in cough medicine?

Cough medicines: Cough medicines such as Robitussin have a "cf" (For chest congestion - it has guaifenesin which is an expectorant) formula and a"dm" (For dextronethorphan, which is a cough suppressant) formula people use the cf for chesty cough and "dm" for dry, hacking cough. ...Read more

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Can I give my 12 year old gravol and cough medicine together?

Can I give my 12 year old gravol and cough medicine together?

Maybe: If your child is taking the gravol as a daily medication for continued nausea or vomiting or when he is traveling if occasion for travel and you are not on daily may take cough med however if daily then if cough med has no antihistamine it should not affect him. ...Read more

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What type of cold or cough medicine can be taken while pregnant?

What type of cold or cough medicine can be taken while pregnant?

Some suggestions: 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

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What is the best cough medicine too take to get rid of dry coughs?

What is the best cough medicine too take to get rid of dry coughs?

Mgt: If you have a dry cough that seems to originate from your throat, lozenges and humidified air may help. If the cough persists for more than 3 weeks, then your PCP can determine other treatments. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and need some cough medicine? I had a lil Tussionex

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I have bronchitis and need some cough medicine? I had a lil Tussionex

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

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What dosage of children's cold and cough medicine can you give 2 year old?

What dosage of children's cold and cough medicine can you give 2 year old?

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

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my cough medicine abuse. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my cough medicine abuse. Should i?

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

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Can cough medicine or antibiodics be safely given to a child under 5 yrs old?

Completely...: ...Different answers. Cough medicines tend to be pretty useless, and antibiotics should only be used when they are needed, and they may be needed at any time starting with birth. ...Read more

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Can I give my 4 year old children's triaminic night time cold & cough medicine?

Can I give my 4 year old children's triaminic night time cold & cough medicine?

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

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What additional cough medicine can I take on top of theraflu cold and cough nighttime?

What additional cough medicine can I take on top of theraflu cold and cough nighttime?

Dextromethorphan: Whichever cold compounds you take will be more effective in controlling cough if they contain dextromethorphan, and these are usually marked "dm" on the bottle. ...Read more

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Can I mix childrens cough medicine (hylands all natural) in water so my toddler will take it?

Can I mix childrens cough medicine (hylands all natural) in water so my toddler will take it?

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

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My 5yr old son always had cold and cough. Medicine is not giving effective relief. What should I do?

My 5yr old son always had cold and cough. Medicine is not giving effective relief. What should I do?

Cool mist vaporizer: And stop cough medicine as they do not work in young children. If not better see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

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

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What amount do you have to take and can you make it purer by getting rid of all the other chemicals in cough medicine?

What amount do you have to take and can you make it purer by getting rid of all the other chemicals in cough medicine?

Don't test: Cough syrup is generally safe to use as it is directed and formulated. Altering the ingredients is not safe and not recommended. ...Read more

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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?

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: 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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Cough Suppressant (Definition)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Robitussin (Definition)

Robitussin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more