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Could you take equate basal spray with children's cough/cold medicine?

Could you take equate basal spray with children's cough/cold medicine?

Yes: It is safe. However, nasal sprays other than just saline sprays should be used for 3-5 days maximum, otherwise symptoms could get worse than the original symptoms. If the nasal spray is just a saline spray, then spray away! Neti pot may also be a better alternative than adding more medicine - works great to clear congestion. ...Read more

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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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If OTC cough and cold medicines don't really work for children why are they even sold?

Same reason...: Homeopathic remedies and all-natural products are sold: they make the person who buys them feel like they are doing something positive. Don't knock it, they make parents feel better. If nothing else. ...Read more

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At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

Better to wait: The american academy of pediatrics has positioned against cold and cough medications for children, because the side effects of the medications far outweigh the benefit. They do not treat the cold virus. Unfortunately we are all susceptible to these viral illnesses which last 2-5 days, while the cough may persist a few additional day beyond. Stay patient and check with your pediatrician if needed. ...Read more

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Can I give my 13month old daughter cough and cold medicine ?

Can I give my 13month old daughter cough and cold medicine ?

Only if her Dr. says: It is not recommended to give infants meds in general, especially without first discussing any medical issues with the child's Doctor, to assure she gets the best care and you do her no harm by giving her medications she may not need and that could possible be given in excess at her young age.Call her Dr. and discuss her condition to get the best advice for both continuity of care & her wellness. ...Read more

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What cough and cold medicine can I take with zoloft (sertraline)?

What cough and cold medicine can I take with zoloft (sertraline)?

Ans: Avoid cough and cold medicine containing dextromethorphan, an opiate derivative. Many products do not contain this. Check with pharmacist. ...Read more

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The ua drug test when u take a ua what does the ua look for what materials does it detect if i were to take cough and cold medicine would i fail

Depends: There are different tests, and different agencies (the gov't, employers, cops, schools) sometimes use very different panels of tests. They usually test for marijuana, amphetamines, pcp, opiates, benzos, cocaine. Some test for many more, including the newer drugs ("bath salts", k2/spice). Some cough meds have dextromethorphan or Codeine and those can show + tests. Others don't and will be negative. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

There : There are no cough and cold medicines recommended for a child of your son's age. The best treatment is to use a blue bulb syringe to suction out his nose , especially before feeding. Please make sure he gets supplemental water and does not dehydrate. ...Read more

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Can i give my 3 1/2 year old cold medicine with a cough supressant in it. ?

Can i give my 3 1/2 year old cold medicine with a cough supressant in it. ?

COLD/COUGH OTC MEDS:: There are a lot of different cold, cough suppressant, decongestant medications over the counter. It is better to avoid these meds for small kids because of side effects. Some cough is good, it brings mucous out of upper ; lower respiratory tract. If too much runny nose, simple Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is ok. If cough is more, disturb sleeping, eating, makes the child exhausted, better check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My father has a hard cough, it comes only in the winter, he tried cold medicine, but nothing ?

My father has a hard cough, it comes only in the winter, he tried cold medicine, but nothing ?

"hard" cough: Anyone with a chronic cough should see their doctor to determine the cause of the cough and to give any treatment necessary. Some causes of cough are minor , however some illnesses that cause chronic cough can be severe or life threatening. Urge your father to see his doctor. ...Read more