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Cough Control Medication
I've cough variant asthama from 2009.It's under control with medication. Recent blood tests show 8 percent eisonophilis. Is this high? Cough is more.
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
Does amoxicillin affect other medications like, Zoloft (sertraline) or tri sprintec birth control? My ear drum ruptured last night and I went to the doctors today and they prescribed amoxicillin to me. I have also been sick with a cough for over a week.
There is no interaction between zoloft (sertraline) and amoxicillin. As far as the sprintec is concerned, there is an on going debate regarding this. Some doctors believe that antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills while others do not. The research is not conclusive. Personally I do not put my paients on a back up method while taking antibiotics but some doctors do. This is up to you and your provider.
Take care. ...Read more
Symptom: Cough is a symptom. It is the way to get materials out of the lungs, bronchial tree and upper airway so as to preveent infection. If one is coughing, it is the underlying cause that needs treatment. This could be minor (cold) or severe as with pneumonia. For a simple cough, otc meds like delsym (dextromethorphan) work. For more sever cough, your doctor may prescribe a narcotic cough supressant. Cough is good! ...Read more
Depends...: The best treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. Are you coughing at night when you lie down? If so, this could be due to post-nasal drip which has a very different treatment than bronchospasm (which is another possibility). Other etiologies include gerd which also worsens when lying down. All these possibilities have very different treatments. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Control symptoms: This may be viral. Control any fever that is present. Over the counter medications that have a nasal decongestant with cough suppressant would work the best. Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If your symptoms do not improve over the next two days, you should see a doctor. Lack of resolution of symptoms suggests a bacterial infection. ...Read more
What can do or what type of medication should I take for my cough that I have had for about a month?
Cough: The 4 main causes of persistent cough are asthma, post nasal drip from allergies or sinus infection and stomach acid reflux. A lingering cough may occur after the "flu" or other viral respiratory illness. A lingering cough may be due to whooping cough (pertussis). There are many more less common possibilities. To effectively treat, it is important to have right diagnosis-see lung specialist. ...Read more
What to do for 2 & 8months old having cough and colds for two days? Any medications for the illnesses?
Symptomatic relief: Colds and coughstemp in 2 and 8 month olds should only be treated with saline nose drops, humidifier and tylenol (acetaminophen) if there is fever. Otc meds are neither safe nor helpful in this age group. However, if the 2 month old has any fever of 101 or has poor feeding, labored breathing or change in color, he should be seen. As for the 8 month old, we see anyone with temp over 102 for more than 24 hours. ...Read more
I have had a cough for over 2 months. I have tried many OTC medications with no help. What could be causing this?
Rest, fluids, suppor: Without knowing the cause of the cough, I'll assume it's viral (influenza epidemic in US). Most viral illnesses run their course in 10-14 days (but less than 5 days if you get flu vaccine). In the mean time, notify your doctor, rest, drink plenty of fluids (urine run clear), & keep tissue handy. Cough syrups (with Guafenisin) can help thin mucus, as does chicken soup & humidifier. TTYD. Good luck. ...Read more
Possibly...: You need to see your doctor. Possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these has a different treatment, besides losenges. So, see your doctor so the proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more
I have a pretty bad cold but I am allergic to cough medications. What are some alternative methods to help cough?
I have had a cough that doesn't go away along with me loosing me voice very often I been like this for a year I was given medication and nothing?
Could be reflux?: It's interesting that chronic reflux (food sloshing up into the esophagus) may cause symptoms other than heartburn. Cough, wheezing, hoarseness are all symptoms of reflux! If you were treated specifically for cough, or for asthma, you may need a different medication to address the problem. Talk to your doctor about this. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more
I have had productive cough for 3 days. Now, it becomes excessive and it annoys me. What kind of medication should I take to relieve this symptom?
Anti-tussive: Anti-tussive is a fancy term for cough medication. In the States, these are available over-the-counter w/o prescription. I don't know about Cambodia. However, this assumes that your cough is due to a virus. Best to see your family doc for an evaluation to be sure it's nothing more serious. With that said, you don't need antibiotics for viruses. So don't ask for antibiotics but be sure not pneumoni ...Read more
I've cold and cough at the same time, and the cough is non stopping for hours, I'm 40 years old male. Please give me proper medication. Thank you.
6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough, like over the counter cough & cold medications, allergy medications, or even over the counter heartburn medications can help cough that is due to acid reflux. ...Read more
Depends: Just like anyone, there are causes of coughing and the cough is treated the same way. A productive cough is treated with expectorant to help with clearing of secretion, and if with allergy, treated like allergy. Bronchospasms is treated with the inhalers. If there is already co2 retention, be careful with narcotic cough suppressants to avoid severe sedation. ...Read more
I have cough with sputum, I feel better after cough medications but it return again in a short time?
I am hypertensive, missing my medication, and have taken Walgreens Cough DM....should I have concerns?
What HTNsive med?: The DM prob has some anti-HTNsive effect, but that does not mean it is safe to stop your anti-hypertensive med. Some Anti-HTNsive meds can only be gradually reduced, and dangerous otherwise. More info is necessary. ...Read more
When I cough in the morning, my mucus taste metallic after I had bronchitis and taken the medication. How do I treat it?
Finish the meds!: Unfortunately, some medications especially macrolides called biaxin (clarithromycin) is very notorious for the metalliic after taste, some of my patients hate me for prescribing such... But it is very potent antibiotics that gets the job done! Hope you feel better! Regards! ...Read more
My son always cough after each meals, what is the reason for this coughing. Any medication which can ease this problem.?
I have been coughing for about a week n I m 7w pregnant. I m not on any medication but now it hurts when I cough. What can I do to stop the cough?
I already had 6 days cough, and I still don't get better even I'm taking medications and im afraid it triggers my asthma if can't be treated. Help!?
It may trigger!:
Good evening, juliean
respiratory infections can trigger an asthma attack. Most respiratory infections are due to some viral infections, in which case you will get better without any antibiotics. Bacterial infections which require an antibiotic usually make you feel feverish. An aggressive treatment of symptoms of asthma such as use of inhalers may prevent triggering an asthma attack. ...Read more
Hi there, my partner has been sufferring with a terrible cough the past 10 days. It sounds like bronchitis. Any recommendations on medication for him?
I've had a cough for two months and was told it was chronic bronchitis. What's the best medicine for bronchitis cause I've been put on different medication and nothing is working?
COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually the result of smoking. If you are smoking, it is imperative that you quit and your doctor can help with this. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are the mainstay of therapy and other medications can be prescribed, depending on your symptoms. See your doctor for treatment. Antibiotics are only needed if you have signs/symptoms of acute infection. ...Read more
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
Side effects: Asthma medications that are inhaled whether they are dry powder inhalers or typical push and breath inhalers can cause some people to cough. If the cough is not better, it may be an alternate treatment or another diagnosis is the problem. See a lung specialist for accurate diagnosis and a specific treatment that is well tolerated. ...Read more
Honey-based: Another choice would be to use one of the honey-based cough medications. A recent study indicated that honey was as effective as many other cough preparations. Because xyrem may cause some respiratory depression, honey-based products should not contribute to any potential adverse effects. ...Read more
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