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Doctor insights on: Cough Medicine Approved For Heart Patients

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with. Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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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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I just want to ask what dry cough medicine should I take I have heart problem thank you?

I just want to ask what dry cough medicine should I take I have heart problem thank you?

You haven't told: Us what your cardiac problem is. Consider resubmitting with more information. ...Read more

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Which cough syrup should a heart patient take?

Which cough syrup should a heart patient take?

As prescribed: Take the amount prescribed or, if an over the counter remedy, as directed.

Always ask your doctor if you have a question.

Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Cough syrup for heart patient age40years?

Cough syrup for heart patient age40years?

Cough syrup: I am not sure what the question is about cough syrup. Usually, it's OK but I guess it depends on the specific ingredients and your heart condition. ...Read more

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What should dialysis and heart patients use for cough?

What should dialysis and heart patients use for cough?

Depends: Depends on the cause of cough which would be best evaluated by a physician. For cough suppression, combination of Guaifenesin and dextrometorphan or Codeine may be used. ...Read more

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My father is a heart patient who had 4 bypasses September last year. Last week he developed dry cough which is so irritable.

My father is a heart patient who had 4 bypasses September last year. Last week he developed dry cough which is so irritable.

See doctor...: There are many possible causes for a cough. If it is of recent onset, it could be due to acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, etc. A more chronic cough could be due to bronchospasm, GERD, post-nasal drip, etc. In this case, heart failure would be a concern as well especially if he is also complaining of shortness of breath, leg swelling, coughing pink sputum, etc. Take him to a doc for diagnosis. ...Read more

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My father is a heart patient who had 4 bypasses do e last year around September. Lately he has had dry cough which is so irritable. I worry about him.

My father is a heart patient who had 4 bypasses do e last year around September. Lately he has had dry cough which is so irritable. I worry about him.

On an ACE-I: Is your father on an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme-Inhibitor drug? (there are many and the names used in New Guinea will differ from the USA). This class is regularly prescribed after heart surgery and causes cough in 10% - if so, he must stop it. Also, ask for a chest x-ray to rule out heart failure and many other causes of cough. ...Read more

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My father is a heart patient, he had 4 bypasses done last year on September. Since last week he has had dry cough which bis irritable which is a worry?

See doctor...: There are many possible causes for a cough. If it is of recent onset, it could be due to acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, etc. A more chronic cough could be due to bronchospasm, GERD, post-nasal drip, etc. In this case, heart failure would be a concern as well especially if he is also complaining of shortness of breath, leg swelling, coughing pink sputum, etc. Take him to his doc for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Good day, doctors I need Ayurvedic medication colds, mainly cough, am 60, heart patient undergone bypass in 1998, implants icd in 2009 now stable?

Good day, doctors I need Ayurvedic medication colds, mainly cough, am 60, heart patient undergone bypass in 1998, implants icd in 2009 now stable?

Please ask a questio: Go see a homeopath for ayurvedic medicine. The doctors on here give Western medicine /and psychotherapeutic advice based on research. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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A cardiologist has told me that consumption of liquor (limited) is a good medicine for a heart patient. How true is this?

A cardiologist has told me that consumption of liquor (limited) is a good medicine for a heart patient. How true is this?

Red wine: There is some data to suggest that a glass of red wine a night can help but far from definitive. ...Read more

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A friend of mine is 42 year old heart patient who also suffers from impotency. Is there any medicine except viagra (sildenafil)?

A friend of mine is 42 year old heart patient who also suffers from impotency. Is there any medicine except viagra (sildenafil)?

Viagra (sildenafil): Viagra (sildenafil) is only contraindicated in heart patients who take nitroglycerin. Many men with impotency are heart and vascular disease patients and have good success with pde5 type drugs. The next step would be penile injection therapy or a vacuum erection device if viagra-like drugs can't be tolerated or are not helpful. ...Read more

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What medicine should be taken, if patient have palpitation due to heart rythm problem?

What medicine should be taken, if patient have palpitation due to heart rythm problem?

Depends: There are many types of arrhythmias that can give palpitations. On the same token palpitations can be caused by fear, caffeine, stress, drugs, medicines, diet pills, etc. Best approach is to document heart rate and rhythm of the heart while it is occurring. A dr. May order a holter monitor to see what happens in one typical day in the heart. Seldom needed:lab test to check cathecolamines. ...Read more

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What are some drugs which may be used in the management of the patient with heart failure?

What are some drugs which may be used in the management of the patient with heart failure?

Heart failure meds.: Heart failure medications include beta blockers, diuretics, ace inhibitors, digoxin. These are used in various combinations to achieve better heart function and control of symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives using novocain (procaine) if the patient has a problem with "...Cain" drugs? Patients heart rate spikes when given novocain (procaine)

Are there alternatives using novocain (procaine) if the patient has a problem with "...Cain" drugs? Patients heart rate spikes when given novocain (procaine)

Carbocaine: The reason your heart rate spikes with novocaine is due to the Epinephrine which acts like adrenaline to speed up your heart. Carbocaine does not contain Epinephrine which will not cause heart rate spikes. ...Read more

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How does a phycisian decide which anti-arrhythmic drug is best for patients abnormal heart rhythm?

How does a phycisian decide which anti-arrhythmic drug is best for patients abnormal heart rhythm?

Depends: Depends on the rhythm being treated, the underlying condition of the heart, and co-morbid conditions like kidney or liver disease. ...Read more

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug.?

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug.?

High pulse rate: Or tachycardia could be caused by Albuterol inhalation. If so, you may change this to Ipratropium and/or inhaled steroids. Please discuss with your provider the side effects of your medications. ...Read more

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I am a heart attack patient. There are many medicines I consume. Help me to reduce its intake and avoid its side effects?

I am a heart attack patient. There are many medicines I consume. Help me to reduce its intake and avoid its side effects?

Need help: Your pcp, and cardiologist need to work with you.
It is possible to reduce if you make some choices.
Stop smoking
lose weight
regular exercize. ...Read more

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Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?

Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?

Yes, many!: There are very few chemotherapy drugs that can not be used due to a heart condition. So your oncologist can easily find and use an alternative chemo drug. But you need to tell us your diagnosis, both of the Cancer type and the name of your heart condition. Then we can guide you even better. ...Read more

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Am diabetic heart patient on oral medicine. My last hba1c was 6.7. My fasting sugar is less than 100 normally. Can I be put on insulin.

Am diabetic heart patient on oral medicine. My last hba1c was 6.7. My fasting sugar is less than 100 normally. Can I be put on insulin.

Diabetes: Insulin requires much more strict attention to eating timing and blood sugar and symptom monitoring than dietary control and exercise and is usually reserved for those who cannot keep fbss in range.. You didn't say if you were on statins.Your a1c is not bad at 6.7, so if you're trying to lower it by adding insulin, it is best to consult carefully with your provider and weigh the pros and cons. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest migraine medicine for patients with arrhythmia/heart disease?

What is the best and safest migraine medicine for patients with arrhythmia/heart disease?

? and Beta-blockers: Treatment for migraines can be divided into abortive and preventative categories. Abortive migraine treatment is given at the onset of symptoms. Preventative treatment is given on a regular basis to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. In patients with frequent migraines, beta blockers are the safest medications used to prevent migraines in patients with arrhythmia and/or heart disease. ...Read more

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Patients with heart arrhythmias or tachycardia are often prescribed a type of drug called a "beta-blocker". Should I be?

Patients with heart arrhythmias or tachycardia are often prescribed a type of drug called a "beta-blocker". Should I be?

Arrhythmia: Individuals with rhythm disturbances that are fast, tachyarrhythmias, are sometimes given beta blockers as a first agent. These are blood pressure meds that act by lowering the heart rate and can prevent some arrthymias. These are used if someone has symptoms from the arrhythmia and overall are safe and well tolerated meds. ...Read more

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What LOCAL anesthetic agent/medicine is safest for Long QT heart patient? Neck (thyroid) biopsy coming up, local anesth. Will need to be used.

What LOCAL anesthetic agent/medicine is safest for Long QT heart patient? Neck (thyroid) biopsy coming up, local anesth. Will need to be used.

Lidocaine should be: Fine in the very small amount utilized. If absolutely necessary Lidocaine with Epinephrine could be utilized but is probably unnecessary. If you are extremely worried it could probably be done nearly painlessly with a skinny needle and no anesthetic. Your own anxiety and intrinsic catecholamine release is probably of greater risk than anything else. Mild sedation might be in order. ...Read more

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Can a 75 years old man with diabetes and heart problems can take steroids for non stop cough? As no medicine effecting

Can a 75 years old man with diabetes and heart problems can take steroids for non stop cough? As no medicine effecting

Depends: Hi. Prednisone is not a cough suppressant, and will most assuredly whack his diabetes control. Coughing may result from asthma and COPD, so if the cough is a result of such conditions, prednisone may be helpful and worth taking. If he's having difficulty breathing, he needs close medical attention. If he has fever (or pneumonia), prednisone is not the treatment unless also treating reactive airway ...Read more

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Can zinc cause heart irregularities? My hubby has been taking a lot of zinc cough drops, vitamins and cold medicine all together.

Can zinc cause heart irregularities? My hubby has been taking a lot of zinc cough drops, vitamins and cold medicine all together.

Decongestants: Low potassium or magnesium, excessive stimulants eg caffeine, alcohol, nasal decongestants, cough / cold remedies containing pseudo Ephedrine or phenyl propanolamine eg sudafed ('-d' at the end of the name) can all cause heart beat symptoms. ...Read more

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