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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Expectorant (Overview)

Expectorants are a kind of common cold or symptom drug.


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What expectorant is good to release phlegm in asthma?

What expectorant is good to release phlegm in asthma?

Wrong approach: Guaifenesin is the only expectorant that does anything, but it isn't very effective. The bigger concern is that there is enough inflammation in the lungs to be producing a lot of sputum. The way to manage that is to identify the allergens triggering the asthma and treat the inflammation so the phlegm doesn't get produced in the first place. See a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
113 Doctors shared insights

Expectorant (Overview)

Expectorants are a kind of common cold or symptom drug.


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How long after I take it before an expectorant begins to work?

How long after I take it before an expectorant begins to work?

Expectorant: An expectorant should start to work within an hour, but the effects are going to be subtle. Add saline nasal spray for better effect in loosening mucus. ...Read more

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Is it okay to prescribe for productive cough both expectorant and antitusive?

Is it okay to prescribe for productive cough both expectorant and antitusive?

Yes: The expectorants are not real effective but in general are safe and well tolerated. There is no problem using antitussives with expectorants and they are frequently found together in various Robitussin (guaifenesin) products. ...Read more

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Can I use rhinathiol expectorant and actifed tablet?

Yes: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, like reasons not to take one of those meds.
but they are generally used together and are generally quite safe. ...Read more

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Is there anything besides Mucinex (guaifenesin) on the market that works as an expectorant? I have asthma - mucus is major issue for me. I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) twice a day

Is there anything besides Mucinex (guaifenesin) on the market that works as an expectorant? I have asthma - mucus is major issue for me. I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) twice a day

Oral Diphyl-G: Thick mucus has been a real problem for my patients with asthma. Mucus thinning medications such as Guaifenesin present in Mucinex (guaifenesin) and robutussin has been very beneficial. One other item which I prescribe to patients is a mixture of Dyphylline and Guaifenesin (difil-g) which I find very useful to bring the secretion up because of additional dilating effect on airway. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Ct lungs-small calcified subpleural nodule in rt base. Symptoms nagging cough with expectorant since 6yrs. Is it dangerous?

Ct lungs-small calcified subpleural nodule in rt base. Symptoms nagging cough with expectorant since 6yrs. Is it dangerous?

See details: The major issue to be ruled out in india is tuberculosis. Have you been evaluated for this issue? ...Read more

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Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Does using a nasal expectorant help with the rebound effect of afrin addiction?

Try neti pot: Variety of preparations can be used to alleviate afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound effects ("runny nose, " congestion), but it may be individual; it is important to know why afrin (oxymetazoline) was initially started, and treat the underlying condition, too. In general, it may take a while to improve; may be worth talking to your doctor about. Overall, neti pot may help: www. Fammed. Wisc. Edu/research/past-projects/nasal-irrigation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take antihistamines together with combination expectorant medications like (salbutamol?

Is it okay to take antihistamines together with combination expectorant medications like (salbutamol?

Yes: This combo is safe. Respiratory problems are sneaky and can turn nasty quickly. Worsening breathing with increasing wheezing has to be treated quickly by your pcp or if any delay you must go to emergency room immediately. Wheezing means airways are in spasm and can get worse fast! Never delay being treated! ...Read more

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What is the best OTC expectorant?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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How long after I take it before an expectorant begins to work?

Expectorant: An expectorant should start to work within an hour, but the effects are going to be subtle. Add saline nasal spray for better effect in loosening mucus. ...Read more

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Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

Perhaps: Expectorants help to loosen mucous and let you cough it up easier. Supressants help with the annoyance of coughing. Coughing is good unless you cough to the point of vomiting or not being able to rest or sleep. Both seem to been of help but most colds stop on their own with plenty of rest and fluids. Humidification helps as well. ...Read more

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Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Yes: Over the counter expectorants like guanefisin are thought to work by causing irritation in the stomach causing stimulation of secretions in the lungs and stimulates cough. The respiratory secretions become less thick and easier to expectorate. A patient with persistent secretions and cough would benefit from evaluation as there are medications which are more effective than expectorants. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are cough expectorants slow to work?

I'm wondering why are cough expectorants slow to work?

Minimally effective: Most products that are recommended for breaking up mucus, also call expectorants, are minimally effective in generally. If the dose is too high, there are GI upset side effects. If the dose is too low, they are well tolerated, but no better than placebo. ...Read more

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Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production? No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.

Mucus secretions: Mucus secretions can be minimized by taking drying agents like antihistamines with or without decongestants like sudafed. This would be the opposite effect of expectorants or mucolytic agents like mucinex or expectorant like guaifenesin. ...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