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Mild pneumonia (seen on film). Dr. rx'd Cedinifir 2 nites ago. Just starting dry cough. No fever. Should I get expectorant? Delsym (dextromethorphan) = diarrhea.

Mild pneumonia (seen on film). Dr. rx'd Cedinifir 2 nites ago. Just starting dry cough.  No fever. Should I get expectorant? Delsym (dextromethorphan) = diarrhea.

Pulmonary infiltrate: Whether or not you have a pneumonia likely to respond to a cephalosporin antibiotic is very questionable and would need more info to say for sure, but an infiltrate with a dry cough sounds more like an atypical pneumonia and this is not likely to respond to the antibiotic you have been given. If you are significantly symptomatic (fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc.) see an ID doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Holtman
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Dextromethorphan (Definition)

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Are there any herbal teas that act as good expectorants? I use benylin (dextromethorphan) but am wondering of a herbal method instead?

Warm tea: To promote expectoration, equal parts primula root (cowslip) thyme herb ribwort plantain herb ingredients: thyme * plantain * herbal tea :1 heaped teaspoon to a cup of boiling water, leave to infuse for 20 minutes, cool down . 3 cups daily related remedies: bronchitis, congestion, cough, this will help in mild cases. If congestion becomes serious, please seek the help of a physician. ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter cough expectorants really work?

Do over-the-counter cough expectorants really work?

Expectorants: Yes, they work, but don't expect miracles. They can help during a cold, but they do not completely get rid of the cough. They usually just make the coughing less severe. Feel better! ...Read more

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What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

Definitions: A decongestant prevents fluid from accumulating in a cavity of the body, as a paranasal sinus. An expectorant make sputum more liquid in order to allow you to cough it out. ...Read more

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Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present. ...Read more

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Is expectorant harmful for a diabetic patient? Any answer appreciated.

Is expectorant harmful for a diabetic patient? Any answer appreciated.

No: One of the most common expectorants is guaifenesin, which thins mucus and is commonly found in cough medicine. Expectorant cough medicine may contain other ingredients that are bad for diabetic patients, like sugar or alcohol. Look for products made specially for diabetic patients. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?

What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?

Ask: Please submit clear & specific questions about this. 1 question per entry is best. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. What do you suggest if I have a few questions?

What do you suggest if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. What do you suggest if I have a few questions?

Advise you see a doc: At this point, far into a cough, you should see a doctor. Unable to make any kind of diagnosis here but need to take the next step. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Delsym (Definition)

Delsym is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Expectorant (Definition)

Expectorants are a kind of common ...Read more