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Doctor insights on: Benzonatate Expectorant

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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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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?

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.

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

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

Advise you see a doc: At this point, far into a cough, you should see a doctor. Unable to make any kind of diagnosis here but need to take the next step.

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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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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?

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.

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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Can I use rhinathiol expectorant and actifed tablet?

Yes: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, like reasons not to take one of those meds. But they are generally used together and are generally quite safe.

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Can an expectorant cause jitteriness or hyperactivity?

Can an expectorant cause jitteriness or hyperactivity?

OTC meds don't: Really treat anything well, and have many side effects in children as you have discovered.

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What is better at night - cough suppressant or expectorant?

What is better at night - cough suppressant or expectorant?

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.

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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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I'm pregnant 8weeks I having cough can I take bena expectorant?

I'm pregnant 8weeks I having cough can I take bena expectorant?

Call: If possible, best to not take anything. But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor.

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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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