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Should expectorant cough syrup be taken with or without water?

Should expectorant cough syrup be taken with or without water?

Cough syrup +/-water: It is best to stay hydrated when taking an expectorant cough medication. I do not recommend cough medication to my patients. I do however prescribe guaifenesin-containing medications. When I do, I ask that they take the medication with a glass of water. Ask your pharmacist about the best way to take the specific medication prescribed for you.

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If sob is caused by mucus can. Cough syrup expectorant solve the prob?

If sob is caused by mucus can. Cough syrup expectorant solve the prob?

Possibly: Anyone with thickened secretions can be aided by a mucus thinner like Mucinex (guaifenesin) and drinking plenty of water. If you have heart failure however you shouldn't overload your body with water.

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Can I take expectorant+antihistamine combi cough syrup? Aren't the actions contradictory? Expectorant increasing & anti-histamine drying secretions?

Can I take expectorant+antihistamine combi cough syrup? Aren't the actions contradictory? Expectorant increasing & anti-histamine drying secretions?

No: Not contradiction, rather complementing each other, antihistamines act as cough suppressants besides help decrease excessive secretions, expectorants rather loosen the thick secretions helping to get rid of them, that's why plain water is the best expectorant

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M indian. If expectorant oral cough syrup can't stop my coughing even after a week, try some other cough syrups or may be some infection inside stomach?

M indian. If expectorant oral cough syrup can't stop my coughing even after a week, try some other cough syrups or may be some infection inside stomach?

Antitussive: If you are using dextromethorphan containing syrup and that does not work, try some with Codeine in it. If you are in india, would worry about tuberculosis. The issue is why you are coughing. This could be an atypical pneumonia including mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, adult perussis, and so on.

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What is the best OTC expectorant?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.

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How could something be both an expectorant and a suppressent?

How could something be both an expectorant and a suppressent?

Cough Syrup: Many cough syrups have more than one active ingredient to include an anti-tussive (eg, codeine) and an expectorant (eg, guaifenesin).

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How long after I take it before an expectorant begins to work?

Expectorant: An expectorant should start to work within an hour, but the effects are going to be subtle. Add saline nasal spray for better effect in loosening mucus.

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Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

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.

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Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Yes: Over the counter expectorants like guanefisin are thought to work by causing irritation in the stomach causing stimulation of secretions in the lungs and stimulates cough. The respiratory secretions become less thick and easier to expectorate. A patient with persistent secretions and cough would benefit from evaluation as there are medications which are more effective than expectorants.

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How do I tell if I need a cough expectorant?

How do I tell if I need a cough expectorant?

Coughing: Consult your doctor for cough medicine prescription & evaluate causes.

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I'm wondering why are cough expectorants slow to work?

Minimally effective: Most products that are recommended for breaking up mucus, also call expectorants, are minimally effective in generally. If the dose is too high, there are GI upset side effects. If the dose is too low, they are well tolerated, but no better than placebo.

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Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production? No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.

Mucus secretions: Mucus secretions can be minimized by taking drying agents like antihistamines with or without decongestants like sudafed. This would be the opposite effect of expectorants or mucolytic agents like mucinex or expectorant like guaifenesin.

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Do over-the-counter cough expectorants really work?

Do over-the-counter cough expectorants really work?

Expectorants: Yes, they work, but don't expect miracles. They can help during a cold, but they do not completely get rid of the cough. They usually just make the coughing less severe. Feel better!

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What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

Definitions: A decongestant prevents fluid from accumulating in a cavity of the body, as a paranasal sinus. An expectorant make sputum more liquid in order to allow you to cough it out.

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Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present.

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Is expectorant harmful for a diabetic patient? Any answer appreciated.

Is expectorant harmful for a diabetic patient? Any answer appreciated.

No: One of the most common expectorants is guaifenesin, which thins mucus and is commonly found in cough medicine. Expectorant cough medicine may contain other ingredients that are bad for diabetic patients, like sugar or alcohol. Look for products made specially for diabetic patients.

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What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and I want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?

Ask: Please submit clear & specific questions about this. 1 question per entry is best. Clarify and re-ask.