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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!
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.
What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and I want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neither: Neither one works as well as honey.
Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production? No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.
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.
OTC meds don't: Really treat anything well, and have many side effects in children as you have discovered.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Call: If possible, best to not take anything. But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor.