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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

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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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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Can I give my child cough and cold medicine after giving him allergy medicine almost 4 hours prior?

Can I give my child cough and cold medicine after giving him allergy medicine almost 4 hours prior?

Allergies: That should be fine but too much medication is worse than too little so be careful to follow the instructions on the OTC bottle ...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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Sore throat and no other cold symptoms. Can I still take cold medicine?

Sore throat and no other cold symptoms. Can I still take cold medicine?

Sore Throat: You certainly can take cold medicines, but they are usually used to treat symptoms for which you are really not complaining. The common cold medicines are used to treat nasal stuffiness and congestion and runny nose. If you are not having those symptoms, it doesn't make sense to take a drug for a symptom you are not suffering. For sore throat, increase fluids, gargle and take tylenol (acetaminophen). See dr. ...Read more

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Is there any cough and cold medicine you can take while your pregnant?

Is there any cough and cold medicine you can take while your pregnant?

Yes: Many are ok to take depending on how far along you are. Your OB should have a list to give you. ...Read more

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Can a give my 34 month old Advil (ibuprofen) and cough and cold medicine at the same time?

Can a give my 34 month old Advil (ibuprofen) and cough and cold medicine at the same time?

No: Advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) are okay but decongestants are not recommended for children. Antihistmines like Claritin and zyrtec might be safe. ...Read more

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What medicine should I take in cough and cold?

What medicine should I take in cough and cold?

Cold remedies..: There are multiple over the counter medications you can take (Robitussin (guaifenesin) for example), however it all depends if you suffer of any chronic diseases. If you suffer of hypertension or diabetes for example is advisable to consult with your doctor. Honey helps with cough and congestion as well w/out the risks of the others unless you are diabetic. For a cold, rest and plenty of fluids is important. ...Read more

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Is it really necessary to take the medicine of cough and cold or no in 1 week its gone?

Is it really necessary to take the medicine of cough and cold or no in 1 week its gone?

Cough and cold: Over the counter medications for coughs and colds may help a person feel better while waiting for the viral illness itself to resolve. For most people with a viral respiratory infection, no medication is necessary and may cause harm through side effects. There are exceptions, of course. ...Read more

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What drug to use for 9 month old with cough and cold?

What drug to use for 9 month old with cough and cold?

Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful. Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...Read more

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Can I give my child hylands cough and cold multi symptom while she's on childrens motrin?

Can I give my child hylands cough and cold multi symptom while she's on childrens motrin?

Cough and cold: Over the counter cough and cold medicines are not for kids under 5, consult your doctor if you need to use. ...Read more

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