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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 without 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
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
Can online physicians prescribe prescription cough medicine or do I need to go to an urgent clinic
Not on this forum: In the U.S., try HealthTap PRIME. Whether a PRIME doctor prescribes medications depends on the doctor, the patient, and each individual situation. Currently, you have posted this question on HealthTap's free public information forum, not on PRIME. Online doctors generally should not prescribe narcotics nor other drugs that are prone to overuse or abuse (like non-narcotic phenergan syrup). ...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 its 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
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
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 on if cough is dry or with expectoration
ask md. ...Read more
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
Knowledge: The first step in treating a cough is to understand why it is happening (infection, asthma, underlying lung disease, allergy, gastric reflux, vocal cord problem, etc). Several treatment strategies exist for each cause and need to be appropriately tailored for your individual situation. ...Read more
Why medicine work on some and don't work for others whole having same symptoms and illness? And what should I look in a cough medicine? What's best?
Depends: Everything depends on because some people may take medicines that are appropriate and some may not. Considering cough syrup a dry cough will probably not respond to guaifensin that is in most cough syrups. A wet cough may be broken down by guaifensin, Anything with Guafensin and Dextrometorphan would be my suggestion for stuffy head, wet cough. Please get checked if there is concern ...Read more
Croup: Try cold air or hanging in a warm steamy bathroom first. If that bad needs evaluation to see if needs a steroid. ...Read more
My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?
Asthma and cold: Make sure your son has a maintenance regimen and asthma action plan. When a viral trigger sets in, employ the necessary treatment in his action plan and maintain good hydration. Cough medicines often contain antihistamines and decongestants that can dry up mucus in his bronchial tubes and aggravate his asthma. Expectorants like guafenesin often do not help. Drinking lots of fluids usually helps. ...Read more
Which is the best and safest cough medicine to get the congestion out of an 11-year-old? Flu shot mon then tues she got sick almost a week.
No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also, medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors — often end with . Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more
Haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days since starting cough medicine with codeine. What is the best/ the safest OTC remedy given my current meds?
Robitussin (guaifenesin): The Robitussin people make a great line of products. They very clearly spell out what is in each cough syrup. There are only a few ingredients to choose from and you don't want to take one that may be unnecessary. Choose a product that has what you need: cough med, decongestant, expectorant, tylenol, (acetaminophen) antihistamine. Most likely, there is a bottle that has the 2 or 3 things in it that you need. ...Read more
Potential Addiction: Cough medicine is abusable and has been abused. Known as robo tripping (http://bit. Ly/bookse), the specific "high" comes from the ingredient dextromethorphan, which essentially causes a dissociative-like state, alongside confusion, slurred speech, etc. Very high doses can lead to respiratory depression and death. Anyone with this problem should seek professional help. ...Read more
No: Most children under 5 years of age (definitely under 2) should not take cold medications. Exceptions may be made for some cough medicines under the guidance of your physician. In general, this is because there may be serious side effects to those medicines in young babies (and oftentimes they do not work). Try saline and a humidifier. Honey if your child is over 1 may also be beneficial. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on which cough medicine. If it is a prescription cough medicine... It may have Codeine and if you are using it daily... Then addiction could be a problem. I would try to figure out what is causing the cough: asthma, acid reflux, allergies, sinususitis, rhinitis (drainage from the nose). ...Read more
Cough medicine abuse: The most common symptom is the craving for the cough medicine--the feeling that you just have to have it, and the fact that you are using it daily for a long period instead of just for a few days. The other major symptom would be a withdrawal reaction when you stop taking it--shakiness, irritability, sweats, faster heart rate, etc. ...Read more
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