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Cough Medicine Without Dextromethorphan
Delsym (dextromethorphan): Is a 12 hour otc cough suppressant only. If you only have a cough, this one is a good choice. It even comes in grape or orange flavors for the discriminating palate. Don't forget to treat the cause of the cough, which is frequently post nasal drip. Use a humidifier when heat is on in house. Breathe in steamy showers through nose. Use saline nasal spray frequently to keep membranes moist!See 1 more doctor answer
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
Safe: That medication is approved for use in pregnancy
Is it ok to take benzonatate with an over the counter cough medicine that has dextromethorphan and guaifenesin in it?
Antihistamines: Coughs are caused by mucous running down into your lungs from your nose. If you use an antihistamine (such as benedryl, Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec) to dry up the post-nasal drip the cough will be better. It's best not to use a cough suppressant especially in children because if the mucous is not coughed up it can lead to pneumonia and cough suppressants can have dangerous side effects.
Beyond the label: You should only take cough medicine as the label indicates. Anything more is strongly prohibited.
Some of them: The best thing to do is ask your child's doctor. Many of the over-the-counter cough meds have been shown to be ineffective in children, or cause side effects. When I do use one, I tend to use a simple antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec) instead of a combination med. Honey (in warm water or tea) has also been found to be effective for cough- in children over 2 yrs old.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: If it was prescribed, by a health care provider then it is fine. If not, then I would not recommend it.
Raw Honey: Many coughs are due to that"tickle" in the throat resultant from a viral uri. Raw honey coats the throat, is sfae for afibbers, and otc. You can take a tsp or 2 as often as needed.
A-Fib.: I would rx. Tussi-organidin nr.Get a more detailed answer ›
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