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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Cough Suppressant (Overview)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

Honey: The best nonprescription cough suppressant shown to be successful in studies and even endorsed by the american academy of pediatrics is honey! ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
88 doctors shared insights

Cough Suppressant (Overview)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Not for anyone!: Cough medicines, in study after study over the last 27 years, have been proven ineffective & can have some bad side effects.This is why the fda has finally started taking them off the market! saline nose drops & suction, elevating the head of the mattress, & a cool mist humidifier work much better, & without the side effects. If this doesn't help enough, please have your baby's doctor check him/her. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
Once
Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
Once
Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
Once
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What is the most effective cough suppressant? Would numbing type like benzocaine help as well?

What is the most effective cough suppressant? Would numbing type like benzocaine help as well?

OTC or Rx?: Over the counter, dextromethorphan is probably the best cough suppressant available. Just be sure the one you buy doesn't contain other ingredients, particularly expectorants which make you cough more. Prescription medication such as Codeine also quite effective. Numbing medications will not help at all and taking those for cough could be dangerous, putting you at risk for aspiration. ...Read more

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Minor cough itchy throat started last week after i took expectorant/cough suppressant combination medicine to loosen mucus. Did the medicine cause it?

Minor cough itchy throat started last week after i took expectorant/cough suppressant combination medicine to loosen mucus. Did the medicine cause it?

Doubt it.: You took the med because you began to have symptoms and thus the worsening is a progression of whatever started your coughing in the first place. If the duration is over 2 weeks or the problem is worsening, see your family doc. ...Read more

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Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Not for anyone!: Cough medicines, in study after study over the last 27 years, have been proven ineffective & can have some bad side effects.This is why the fda has finally started taking them off the market! saline nose drops & suction, elevating the head of the mattress, & a cool mist humidifier work much better, & without the side effects. If this doesn't help enough, please have your baby's doctor check him/her. ...Read more

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What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

Honey: The best nonprescription cough suppressant shown to be successful in studies and even endorsed by the american academy of pediatrics is honey! ...Read more

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Left over cough from bronchitis that's been gone for 2 or 3 weeks, still have the cough. Will a regular cough suppressant work for now?

Left over cough from bronchitis that's been gone for 2 or 3 weeks, still have the cough. Will a regular cough suppressant work for now?

Yes: It's not unusual for a cough to last for 4-6 weeks after a bout of bronchitis. Over the counter cough suppressants are good to take to control your symptoms. Drink plenty of liquids. Honey can help soothe your throat if it becomes inflamed from the coughing. ...Read more

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What is better at night - cough suppressant or expectorant?

What is better at night - cough suppressant or expectorant?

Depends...: The cough etiology needs to be diagnosed so that it can be treated. Neither an expectorant nor suppressant treats the underlying etiology and both can be harmful in certain situations. So, you need to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the etiology of your cough and to render appropriate therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation, a contributing factor. ...Read more

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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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