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How can a nighttime cough medication be both a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

How can a nighttime cough medication be both a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

In the lungs nothing: Between the lungs (in the "mediastinum") there is a proliferation of scar tissue that can lead to coonstriction of the large central vessels and airways leading into the lung. The cause is often blamed on a fungal infection, but in some people the cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Expectorant (Definition)

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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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Is it reasonable that I buy Mucinex (guaifenesin) maximum strength expectorant if I have cough accompanied by phlegm?

Is it reasonable that I buy Mucinex (guaifenesin) maximum strength expectorant if I have cough accompanied by phlegm?

No...: In order to treat a cough, you first need to know what the etiology of the cough is. It is not always a good idea to suppress a cough since this is your body's way of getting rid of substances that are harmful, like bacteria. An expectorant is usually not needed because your body will cough enough without it in most cases. To treat a cough, have it diagnosed by your doctor first! ...Read more

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What is a good mucolytic/expectorant drug? Immediate-release 400mg guaifenesin doesn't help that much, even after taking more than recommended.

What is a good mucolytic/expectorant drug? Immediate-release 400mg guaifenesin doesn't help that much, even after taking more than recommended.

Expectoration: Hydration and more hydration is the key. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is somewhat effective. Mucomyst pills may also help. However, in a generally healthy individual, without underlying lung disease, hydration and time should do most of the work. Eucalyptus oil seems to work in some people, mostly in inhaled form. Please discuss with ur Doctor prior to staring any regiment. ...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?

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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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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What are the differences between a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

Stops vs thins: An expectorant is a medicine that thins out mucous, making it easier to mobilize and get out. Usually you'll see Guaifenesin as the active ingredient. A cough suppressant stops the body from wanting to cough. This can be ok at night, since you're not supposed to cough anyways, but not a good idea during the day, so mucous keeps moving. Of course, neither is ok for children until at least 4 to 6 y. ...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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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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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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Can an expectorant cause jitteriness or hyperactivity?

Can an expectorant cause jitteriness or hyperactivity?

OTC meds don't: Really treat anything well, and have many side effects in children as you have discovered. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant 8weeks I having cough can I take bena expectorant?

Call: If possible, best to not take anything. But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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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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When should we use cough expectorant or antitussive?

When should we use cough expectorant or antitussive?

Two conditions: Are cold or bronchitis. There are 3 types of cough medicines: topical, suppressant and expectorants. Unfortunately there is no a quick fix to treat the cough. Do not use these agents for cough that occurs with smoking, asthma or chronic pulmonary condition. ...Read more

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Whatis the different between expectorant, mucolytic and antitussive?

Lets see?: Expectorants and mucolytics tend to loosen up thick mucous and allow you to expectorate (spit up and out). Anti-tussives help to suppress coughs. Cough is good to get inflammation and infections out of the bronchial tubes. If annoying, then antitussives may help to get some sleep. Drink lots of water, use a humidifier and rest. Stay at home. ...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 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

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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