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Breastfeeding Friendly Cough Medicine
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
Five year old daughter nonproductive cough. Children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) cough medicine not helping. Also tried vapor rub and cough drops. Nothing is helping.
What's in it?: Usually that is ok. Some antidepressants, the MAO Inhibitors, can cause very bad high blood pressure reactions with some cold meds. Mirtazepine can be sedating at lower doses, and increase sedating effects of cough syrup, or lead to an idiosyncratic reaction. Herbal remedies are usually benign but sometimes they have active components that can have reactions with prescribed meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough drops: No prolem for mother or baby.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on age: Most of the cold medicines have been removed from use for those under 4 to 6 years old. For small infants, nasal saline and suction are the best. After 1 year old, you can do honey, which is a natural cough suppressant. Vicks on the chest in small amounts helps, as does warm steam. If the cough is not resolving, see your doctor. ...Read more
Vague question: We generally avoid salycelates and prefer Acetaminophen as a medicine for comfort if throat lozenges or menthol gum is not adequate. Antihistamine and decongestant containing cough meds can reduce your milk volume, so simple mucolytics are preferred. Baby was exposed to the germ before you became symptomatic, so s/he will either get it or not based on their tolerance to the germ. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has lung cancer, would standard over-the-counter chesty cough medicine ease their coughing?
It may: The cause of the cough also might not be the lung cancer. My hope is that the patient can find relief. If the diagnosis is uncertain, don't make any assumptions. A treatable cause, especially if the person is a smoker, might be identifiable. Even if this is not a treatable lung cancer, palliative care may find a way to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it okay to mix cough medicine after you take microgestin birth control? They were Robitussin (guaifenesin) coug medine and nightime alcester.
Cough for 2 weeks, deep sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever been taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea, w/no improvement any recommendat?
Bronchitis: You have bronchitis. Need to know if there is tightness in the chest or wheezing (asthmatic bronchitis). You do not require antibiotics unless purulent sputum (green or brown coloration). If dm doesnt suppress cough you may profit from a codiene containing expectorant. For bronchial tightness you need an inhaler or theophyllin (200 mg three times a day) or some steroids - like Prednisone few days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I take Alia seltzer severe sinus and cold while nursing? Medicine contains acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, dextromethropan, phenylephrine
Not usually: There is no scientific proof that they do work but if they work for you, I have no problem with it. This is not to say that herbal medicine has no role it is just that the basis of homeopathic medicine is that even trace quantity (often unmeasurable) of the purported active ingredient would control disease. ...Read more
Is it safe to take OTC Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough + chest congestion dm & an albuterol nebulizer treatment 2 hours apart? I am sick with a terrible deep cough
A few ideas for you: You can take a product with dextromethorphan if you need to, but don't ignore simple remedies like a couple teaspoon of honey, throat lozenges. If your cough is quite bad, you have fever or chest pain, or if you have any difficulty breathing, you should see your doctor. ...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
Some of them: The best thing to do is ask your child's doctor. Many of the over-the-counter cough meds have been shown to be ineffective in children, or cause side effects. When I do use one, I tend to use a simple antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec) instead of a combination med. Honey (in warm water or tea) has also been found to be effective for cough- in children over 2 yrs old. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: If it was prescribed, by a health care provider then it is fine. If not, then i would not recommend it. ...Read more
A-Fib.: I would rx. Tussi-organidin nr.Get a more detailed 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
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
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