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Best Prescription Cough Medicine
I have a bad cough I had this last year and they just gave me some cough medicine. Can I get a prescription on here with out a co-pay at my doctor s o?
Not through the ...: question and answer forum you have just used. You can search the HeathTap site and select Virtual Consult, where, for a fee, you can connect with a doctor who, after interacting with you, may provide a prescription. Good luck! ...Read more
If a 6 year old child has just gotten a hepatitis a vaccination, can a prescription cough medicine cause adverse reactions?
No: Not because of the vaccination. The drug may have it's own side effects though. ...Read more
Antihistamines: Coughs are caused by mucous running down into your lungs from your nose. If you use an antihistamine (such as benedryl, Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec) to dry up the post-nasal drip the cough will be better. It's best not to use a cough suppressant especially in children because if the mucous is not coughed up it can lead to pneumonia and cough suppressants can have dangerous side effects. ...Read more
Cough medicine: In children over 1 year of age, a teaspoon of honey is recommended for its demulcent and natural properties in soothing a cough. Cough syrups contain ingredients which can raise blood pressure and heart rate in children...without reducing cough any better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptom control: The best route is to focus on the symptom(s) most bothersome for you. Acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen are best for fever, chills and muscle aches/pain. Guaifenesin thins mucus secretions to allow you to cough up the "junkiness," whereas dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Stimulants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) dry up nasal/eye secretions. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. ...Read more
No cough medicine: The best medicine for cough is the medicine that treats the reason you are coughing. If your cough is due to asthma you need to treat asthma. If its due to reflux treat the reflux. If its due to pneumonia, bronchitis or sinusitis then treat the infection. I do not like treating symptoms unless i know the cause. If you have a persistent cough you need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Hydration/Expectoran: Best cough medicine is to treat the cause of the cough like allergies/asthma/pnumonia/copd/stop smoking if smoker and hydration by drinking more fluids which makes the secretions thin and easy to cough out expectorations with or without cough suppressant like dextromethorphen and rarely opiates there is not one cough medicine for every one.It depends if cough is dry or with expectoration ask md. ...Read more
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