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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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Is it possible for me to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen with cough or cold medicines?

Is it possible for me to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen with cough or cold medicines?

Yes: Yes as long as the cough or cold medicine does not contain Acetaminophen or ibuprophen.Check the labels and if in doubt ask your doctor. ...Read more

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I get hives everytime I take cold medicine.I can take ibuprofen though.So I think I may be allergic to acetaminophen. But I took benadryl & got hives?

I get hives everytime I take cold medicine.I can take ibuprofen though.So I think I may be allergic to acetaminophen. But I took benadryl & got hives?

Check ingredients: It is unusual to develop hives from Benadryl and thus I would suggest that you copy down all of the ingredients in each of the cold medicines you suspected might have caused hives to find out if there is a shared ingredient then go on doing your detective work from there. ...Read more

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My 3 year old is having fever as high as 103 with cough. Giving her panadol every 6 hours n just started advil (ibuprofen). Can i give these 2 medicines together?

My 3 year old is having fever as high as 103 with cough. Giving her panadol every 6 hours n just started advil (ibuprofen). Can i give these 2 medicines together?

Medication: Some doctors will prescribe the use ofboth drugs so that you take one or the other over 6 hours, that is, one or the other every three hours for elevated temp. ...Read more

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Got a cough with a cold almost 4 weeks ago.Coughing like nonstop. Taking Zyrtec and Tylenol (acetaminophen) Multi Plus Cold medicines but aren't working.What 2do now?

Got a cough with a cold almost 4 weeks ago.Coughing like nonstop. Taking Zyrtec and Tylenol (acetaminophen) Multi Plus Cold medicines but aren't working.What 2do now?

See doctor: Although some viral infection may cause a lingering cough for a few weeks, if the problem has been present for this long and still not improving, you should consult your doctor to make sure that there is nothing more serious. ...Read more

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Is it True that you can't take Ibuprofen while on Zoloft (sertraline)? I only take it when I have a cold. Can I take it? I don't have acetaminophen. Any dangers?

Is it True that you can't take Ibuprofen while on Zoloft (sertraline)? I only take it when I have a cold. Can I take it? I don't have acetaminophen.
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Possible interaction: Although there is a possible interaction that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be used together. 'Using sertraline together with ibuprofen may increase the risk of bleeding. The interaction may be more likely if you are elderly or have kidney or liver disease.' (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1310-0,2057-1348) ...Read more

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My four year old's been coughing a lot lately. It comes and goes every two weeks or so and doesn't seem to get any better with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. I even have her shower longer, sometimes twice a day if possible. I've tried allergy medicines but n

Have it evaluated: At four a recurrent pattern of cough may be an early indicator of mild asthma. Write down all you recall about this pattern & take it in & review this history with the doc during a visit. A referral for some pulmonary function studies may be needed to sort this out. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take these two medicines together? It's Coricidin and ibuprofen? The Coricidin has acetaminophen in it so i wasn't sure if it was ok to take with anything else.

Is it ok to take these two medicines together? It's Coricidin and ibuprofen?
The Coricidin has acetaminophen in it so i wasn't sure if it was ok to take with anything else.

It : It should be ok to combine these medications for a short period of time if you are not allergic to any of the components and if you do not have liver or kidney disease. Check the package insert for further guidance or call your physician. ...Read more

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My 6mnth old son has a bad cold he's taking motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) what else can I do to relieve he's stuffy nose and cough and make him at ease?

My 6mnth old son has a bad cold he's taking motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) what else can I do to relieve he's stuffy nose and cough and make him at ease?

Clear secretions: Clear his secretions with a bulb syringe. You can also try doing a steam treatment on him, by taking him into the bathroom, and turning the shower on as hot as you can make it go. Then let him breathe the steam. It can help loosen up his boogers. If not better, see your physician. ...Read more

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Should i take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for menstrual pain?

Depends on you: Whichever works better for you. Many women prefer Ibuprofen for menstrual pains, so would recommend you start with that. ...Read more

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Is it better to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for a swollen/puffy eyelid?

Is it better to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for a swollen/puffy eyelid?

Neither: At your age the most likely diagnosis is a stye in evolution. You can apply heat frequently to treat this. Aceaminophen is just for pain and will have little effect on the lids. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory but not useful for lid swelling. ...Read more

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If I take 800mg of Ibuprofen, can I take acetaminophen? if so, how much, and should I space them apart?

If I take 800mg of Ibuprofen, can I take acetaminophen? if so, how much, and should I space them apart?

Can combine: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is commonly combined with Ibuprofen. You can take 500 mg four times a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. You can take Ibuprofen three times a day. Spacing them apart could help with the pain, but can take them at same time. ...Read more

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Can I take ibuprofen 600mg and acetaminophen hydrocodone 325mg at the same time?

Can I take ibuprofen 600mg and acetaminophen hydrocodone 325mg at the same time?

Ibuprofen + Tylenol (acetaminophen): Take Ibuprofen 600 milligrams every 8 hours and alternate with Tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg. You may alternate the two medications for moderate to severe pain by taking ibuprofen, then taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) three hours later. Keep that rotation going as needed. ...Read more

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Can i take 1 Advil (ibuprofen 200mg) and 2 alka seltzer plus (acetaminophen 325mg each) together?

Not recommended: Because Ibuprofen decreases effects of alka-seltzer, increase potassium levels in the blood and alka-seltzer will increase the level or effect of ibuprofen. Not recommended! see a pcp for more information. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


Dr. Alvin Stein
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Acetaminophen (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more