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Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Cough syrup: Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant, while Guaifenesin loosens mucous. Either will help, and some syrups have both. If you have a fever, or your phlegm is discolored, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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What can I take OTC for a cough due to bronchitis what they prescribed guafesin cough syrup isn't helping at all my cough gets so bad at night & morng?

What can I take OTC for a cough due to bronchitis what they prescribed guafesin cough syrup isn't helping at all my cough gets so bad at night & morng?

Dextromethorphan: Look for something with dextromethorphan in it... that will work better than guiafenesin. My personal favorite is Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM. (Actually any product with a DM behind it should have dextromethorphan). Cough is usually worse at night because of the body's biorhythms. It is worth looking into 'why' you have such a bad cough -if this doesn't work. (Sometimes if you have reactive airways it's worsened) ...Read more

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What to do if I have bronchitis and was prescribed a medicine called rondee cough syrup?

What to do if I have bronchitis and was prescribed a medicine called rondee cough syrup?

RONDEC?: What is your specific question about Rondec? Please clarify what your question is and re-ask. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for 1 month now I've tried cough syrup doesn't work. Been treated for bronchitis with zpack didn't work what might I have and what to do.?

I've had a cough for 1 month now I've tried cough syrup doesn't work. Been treated for bronchitis with zpack didn't work what might I have and what to do.?

Possibilities...: Chronic cough is usually due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or some combination of these diagnoses. You should see your doctor for evaluation and you will likely need some tests for proper diagnosis. Treatment depends on etiology as each of these diagnoses has a different treatment. If you are a smoker, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. Your doctor can help with this, too. ...Read more

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She went to the emergency room yesterday they said I have bronchitis in a prescribed me an inhaler and cough syrup with codeine should havantibiotics?

She went to the emergency room yesterday they said I have bronchitis in a prescribed me an inhaler and cough syrup with codeine should havantibiotics?

Family Medicine: Not sure why you would use the most expensive place to get health care for a common winter cold or bronchitis. Family clinics are much easier to handle and it is always best to get this primary care from your family doctor. It is the winter still, despite the date, and viral illnesses are still in full swing. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. I have been taking a zpak and a cough syrup for 2 days. I am still coughing horribly with lower abdomin pain. Should I go to the er?

I have bronchitis. I have been taking a zpak and a cough syrup for 2 days. I am still coughing horribly with lower abdomin pain. Should I go to the er?

7-10 days: Minimum time 2-3 weeks is also realistic plus use of a good expectorant like Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) or Delsym DM, tea and honey, broth, bullion, consume'. I am an advocate of zinc to promote healing (Cold-Eze lozenges or Zicam). If you are severely short of breath or cough up blood- go to the ER: short of that prepare for about 2 weeks of misery. Hint: hot steam showrs and breath in vapor 4-5 times/day. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and I'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! When will it get better?

I have bronchitis and I'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! When will it get better?

It varies: Cough can linger after the causative infection is gone, so the answer to your question is that it can last for a few days or even a few weeks. ...Read more

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Can I take cough syrup with codeine and mucinex (guaifenesin) dm simultaneously? I have bronchitis and in a lot of pain from coughing. If not, any suggestions?

Can I take cough syrup with codeine and mucinex (guaifenesin) dm simultaneously? I have bronchitis and in a lot of pain from coughing. If not, any suggestions?

Too much Rx: I wouldn't mix the codeine containing cough medicine with Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM which contains dextromethorphan. The dextromethorphan is basically an analog of a narcotic and you would be getting an excessive dose of narcotic which could cause excessive sedation, respiratory supression, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other adverse effects. ...Read more

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Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Yes: Amoxicillin should be compatible with otc cough meds. May take a few days to see improvement. Honey has been shown to be equally effective as dextromethorphin in suppressing cough. Make sure that otc is not just Guaifenesin which only thins mucous. Could do dextromethorphin and honey together. Could go to Codeine syrup if cough dry. Don't stop cough completely if mucous coming to clear lung. ...Read more

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

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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 is a good dm cough medicine for a toddler with bronchitis?

What is a good dm cough medicine for a toddler with bronchitis?

None: There are no cough medicines recommended for toddlers, or any child under the age of six. Recommend humidifier, elevating head of bed, and honey as needed if the child is over a year old. ...Read more

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I feel like I have bronchitis and had some cough medicine Tussionex from a while back and I have a really bad cough?

I feel like I have bronchitis and had some cough medicine Tussionex from a while back and I have a really bad cough?

Antitussives: You can try using that medication, but if it does not help check with your friendly pharmacist and ask for a product containing dextromethorphan. The bottles will be marked with a DM. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea off & on for a month. Took a zpak, cough medicine & corticosteroid last month for bronchitis. No other changes. What could it be?

I've had diarrhea off & on for a month. Took a zpak, cough medicine & corticosteroid last month for bronchitis. No other changes. What could it be?

Diarrhea: The only way to make a definitive diagnosis will be to see a doctor and be fully evaluated. Go soon, and hope this clears up quickly. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis for 2 weeks. Am on an inhaler, cough medicine w codeine, musinex. Chst x-r was negative. What else can I do to get rid of cough?

I have had bronchitis for 2 weeks. Am on an inhaler, cough medicine w codeine, musinex. Chst x-r was negative. What else can I do to get rid of cough?

Possibilities....: Sometimes, after an episode of acute bronchitis, the cough can persist due to bronchospasm. To treat this, a bronchodilator inhaler as well as a steroid inhaler may be needed. Other possible causes of your cough include gerd or post-nasal drip, both of which have different treatments so if the cough is not resolving, see your doctor for further evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

See doc: Sounds like you should see the doctor for the bronchitis and the knee. You should also stop that pot smoking. Not good for your long term health ...Read more

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Pleas tell me a best cough syrup?

Pleas tell me a best cough syrup?

Guaifesin: Guaifesin based cough medicines are good, but in reality they are about the same. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

No cough syrup: There have been a number of studies showing that children's cough and cold medicines do not help and in some cases, children experience unpleasant side effects. It can be frustrating to deal with a cough, especially at night. Saline nasal spray, humidified air, or sleeping with the head somewhat propped up using extra pillows works for some. ...Read more

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What's best remedy for weather-change triggered wet cough? I have been taking cough syrup, not very effective!

What's best remedy for weather-change triggered wet cough? I have been taking cough syrup, not very effective!

Asthma suspected: I suspect you may have seasonal asthma and it may be worth looking into it if this is a recurrent event for you. Chronic bronchitis may also present like that, have you ever tried any inhalers. ...Read more

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I've had bronchitis for a month now. Been on 2 antibiotics, a steroid and cough syrup and still not better. Seen 2 different doctors?

I've had bronchitis for a month now. Been on 2 antibiotics, a steroid and cough syrup and still not better. Seen 2 different doctors?

Bronchitis=Viral: We don't treat bronchitis with antibiotics. Coughs that aren't pneumonia need to resolve on their own. I would advise stopping antibiotics. Bronchitis can unfortunately last several months. Mild exercise, humidifier, avoiding things that irritate the lungs and sometimes inhalers can help. ...Read more

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After finish antibiotics, cough syrup prednisone medications to treat bronchitis, is it normal after 1 week to feel chest congestions and cough again?

After finish antibiotics, cough syrup prednisone medications to treat bronchitis, is it normal after 1 week to feel chest congestions and cough again?

Yes: However it is important to get in touch with our prescribing doctor. Something should get better by now examples--- shortness of breath, sputum production, sputum color etc. The respiratory epithelium is replaced by an young immature epithelium (lining of the breathing tubes) as a part of the healing process. It is very sensitive to stimuli resulting in prolonged cough (upto 6 weeks). ...Read more

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I have had a cough for five weeks what is going on? I went to urgent care two weeks ago and he said I had bronchitis. I was given antibiotics for 10 days and a cough syrup. So I didn't get better and went back to my pcp a week ago and he did a chest X-ray

I have had a cough for five weeks what is going on? I went to urgent care two weeks ago and he said I had bronchitis. I was given antibiotics for 10 days and a cough syrup. So I didn't get better and went back to my pcp a week ago and he did a chest X-ray

The: The most important thing to rule out is pneumonia. Although your chest x-ray did not show pneumonia there is a chance it was too early to be seen on the x ray, it developed afterward, or was missed. Pneumonia commonly occurs after a viral URI (cold) or bronchitis, so it is a real possibility especially since you have a persistent cough.
I hope a diagnosis is found soon and effective treatment follows.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis finished antibiotics, cough syrup etc. Now tummy upset. Cramps. Loose stool. Eat healthy. No known allergy. How to make tummy happy?

Had bronchitis finished antibiotics, cough syrup etc. Now tummy upset. Cramps. Loose stool. Eat healthy. No known allergy. How to make tummy happy?

H pylori test: For a pathogenic bacteria that colonizes the gastric tissue.
If present, this would explain your gastric symptoms and hyperacidity. Loose stools could be from antibiotics.

Your doctor can do a simple 5 minute breath test for H pylori. Avoid dairy and salad to help diarrhea. Some Kaopectate (kaolin and pectin)
might alleviate diarrhea. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can this cough syrup get me high?

Can this cough syrup get me high?

Maybe: Some cough syrups contain Codeine which is a type of narcotic. These are by prescription only and should be used only under the direction of your physician for short periods of time due to the risk of dependenc. The over the counter cough syrups will not result in mood changes--up or down. ...Read more

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What's a good natural cough syrup ingredient?

What's a good natural cough syrup ingredient?

Natural cough syrup: Honey and herb tea. Do not give babies under one year of age honey. After one year of age honey is a natural ingredient. ...Read more

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How can I tolerate the taste of cough syrup?

How can I tolerate the taste of cough syrup?

Flavorings: Good question! Some medications can taste awful. Many pharmacies have flavorings that they can add to liquid medication to disguise the taste. Another option is to chew cinnamon gum after taking the medication. ...Read more

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What will happen if you overdose on cough syrup?

What will happen if you overdose on cough syrup?

Cough syrup overmed: Cough syrup overdose symptoms depend on the type of drug that is in the cough syrup. Codeine can cause respiratory depression in high doses. Guaifenesin will cause stomach aches and headaches in higher doses. Pseudoephedrine can cause increased blood pressure in normal doses and even more so in higher doses. Hope this helps. Try to stay in the recommended doses or the prescribed doses. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my children ages 3 & 4 cough syrup?

Is it ok to give my children ages 3 & 4 cough syrup?

Probably won't help: The studies done on how much kids cough who take cough meds vs those who don't very clearly show that cough meds really don't make much difference. Many actually contain a med to suppress cough and a med to make you have a more productive cough within the same medicine! Better to use humidity, push fluids. Can use something to dry up nose a little if severe congestion or use a neti pot. ...Read more

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What to do if I took too much cough syrup. Help please.?

Call poison control: Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Tell them exactly which cough syrup you took and the exact amount. They will guide you from there.
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What to do if I had too much cough syrup I think, help!?

Cough syrup: Hard to advise you from your description. Best to call your doctor or go to the ER if its a large amount. ...Read more

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What to do if I had cough syrup and 1000 mg aceminophen.?

What to do if I had cough syrup and 1000 mg aceminophen.?

Depends: Should be ok, depends what was in the cough syrup. Your pharmacist can be great help in these situations ...Read more

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Can I take nyquill with cough syrup?

Can I take nyquill with cough syrup?

Not a good idea: There are several versions of nyquil and most if not all of them contain cough medicine. Taking another cough syrup would probably give you too much dextromethorophan. ...Read more

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Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Cough: Maybe so, maybe not.
Depends on the child, why he/she is coughing and the cough syrup. There are many illnesses that cause cough. Best to see your doctor about any significant cough so that the cause is found and proper medicine can be given. For minor coughs honey in hot herb tea is soothing for children over 1 year of age. ...Read more

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What amount cough syrup can kill you?

What amount cough syrup can kill you?

Don't test it: Cough syrup is not a health drink or a way to get intoxicated. Do not test the limit of how much to drink. ...Read more

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Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Cough: Is necessary attempt by the body to clear undesirable irritants. I do rarely recommend cough suppressants. I recommend expectorates. Many are available over the counter in any pharmacy in the US ...Read more

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What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

W/DM: Likely with dextramethorphan a cough suppressant. Show it to your pharmacist for confirmation, side effects and if you should take it. All the best. ...Read more

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What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

Cough meds: Greetings. The active ingredients in cough medication is usually guifenessin which is a mucus thinning agent and dextramethorathan which is a cough suppressant. Check with your pharmacist for confirmation. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more