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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?

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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Can online physicians prescribe prescription cough medicine or do I need to go to an urgent clinic ?

Can online physicians prescribe prescription cough medicine or do I need to go to an urgent clinic 
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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

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What is the best OTC cough medicine?

What is the best OTC cough medicine?

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

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What is the best children's cough medicine?

What is the best children's cough medicine?

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 more

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What is the best readily available cough medicine?

What is the best readily available cough medicine?

Depends...: Treatment for cough is dependent on the etiology of the cough. If acute bronchitis is present, the treatment is very different from if the cough is due to gerd, for example. So, the best "cough medicine" depends on the underlying diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best cough medicine to take to get rid of dry coughs?

What is the best cough medicine to take to get rid of dry coughs?

Mgt: If you have a dry cough that seems to originate from your throat, lozenges and humidified air may help. If the cough persists for more than 3 weeks, then your PCP can determine other treatments. ...Read more

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Best cough medicine?

Best cough medicine?

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

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What is the best cough medicine?

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 on if cough is dry or with expectoration
ask md. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best non liquid cough medicine for adults?

Please recommend the best non liquid cough medicine for adults?

Benzonatate: Cough pills or event any DM containing pills. But if mild any mint containing tablet causes decrease cough ...Read more

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What is the best otc cough medicine available for the flu?

What is the best otc cough medicine available for the flu?

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

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Best cough medicine to get to fight off constant cough?

Best cough medicine to get to fight off constant cough?

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

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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?

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

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What's the best cough medicine for my 4 year old? BAD croupy cough

What's the best cough medicine for my 4 year old?  BAD croupy cough

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

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My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?

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

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How serious is whooping cough? What is the best cough medicine for this awful cough?

How serious is whooping cough? What is the best cough medicine for this awful cough?

Pertussis: This can be a severe illness in adults. The cough may be difficult to control, but something with dextromethorphan in it otc should be tried before going back to the doctor for a codeine-containing medication by prescription. This may continue for 8-10 weeks. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Congestion in 11 yo: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil sinus are ok options, especially before bed. Mucinex dm or Robitussin-DM can also be used and can be used with one if the 1st two options. There are children's versions. Benadryl is another option. Don't blame the flu shot. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

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

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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?

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?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and fiber: Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeinated beverages, though. Eat leafy veggies and get a fiber supplement such as Metamucil or Citrucel. Adding Miralax (polyethylene glycol) to it may be helpful if fiber alone doesn't help. ...Read more

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Cold n cough medicine?

Cold n cough medicine?

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

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What is a good cough medicine?

What is a good cough medicine?

Coughing: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. For an uncooperative cough – Benzonatate can be effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me have i taken too much cough medicine?

Can you tell me have i taken too much cough medicine?

Beyond the label: You should only take cough medicine as the label indicates. Anything more is strongly prohibited. ...Read more

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Can I take cough medicine with amoxicillin?

Yes: Most cough meds should not interact with amoxicillin. Usually contain dextromethorphan or a codeine-like cough suppressant. Do not mix with alcohol due to additive sedating effect. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is cough medicine abuse?

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

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Is mixing a cough medicine with milk poisonous?

No: Milk just causes a bit more phlegm production so you feel like coughing but it certainly will not harm you no matter what cough medicine you are taking! ...Read more

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Can you take tramadol 50mg with cough medicine?

Can you take tramadol 50mg with cough medicine?

Yes, you can, but: Risk of side effects increases. Tramadol use can also lead to addiction, abuse, and misuse. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my baby cold or cough medicine?

Is it safe to give my baby cold or cough medicine?

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

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What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

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

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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

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

Antitussive (Definition)

This is a medicine that is supposed ...Read more