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Doctor insights on: Chemical Formulas For Cough Drops

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Any thoughts on damage that can be done by possibly being addicted to cough drops?

Any thoughts on damage that can be done by possibly being addicted to cough drops?

Not many: Cough drops contain menthol and camphor mostly, and I am unaware of any complications of even heavy use of these. Many drops are sugared, and weight gain and tooth decay, gum problems may occur with heavy use. There is no potential for such drops to cause physical addiction, but psychological dependency can occur to many things. Some people are "oral" and need things in their mouths a lot. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Can I die if I took about 5 cough drops through out the day?

Can I die if I took about 5 cough drops through out the day?

NO, Doubtful.: No, you would not die by taking 5 cough drops in a day, unless they got stuck in your throat and you choked on them. ...Read more

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How do cough drops work?

By soothing throat: Generally bu coating the dry irritated mucus membranes with a slippery substance like glycerin, or pectin. ...Read more

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Is it bad to eat a lot of cough drops per day?

Depends: Please refer to the ingredients in the cough drop and follow the warnings. ...Read more

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Just a quick thought. Can you overdose on cough drops?

Cough drop over dose: Usually cough drops are over the counter and mild in strength with recommended dosages from their packaging label. However too much of anything can be bad so stick to recommended doses. If coughing is still problematic consider another remedy such as a tablespoon of honey (one study showed efficacy from Buckwheat honey equivalent to prescription narcotic suppressants). Don't give honey to infants. ...Read more

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How can you stop coughing without cough drops?

Options: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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Could someone possibly eat too many cough drops?

That depends: What type they are? Some are medicated & some are not. Try this: hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if >. ...Read more

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How likely is it that cough drops can make your symptoms worse?

Cough drops: Yes. There are many different ingredients especially in the herbal cough drops. Pay attention to the labels. May want to try plain peppermint or cinnamon candies instead. ...Read more