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Expectorant Max Strength Medication
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
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
Do you think I should 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
Is it okay to combine expectorants, antihistamines, & decongestants in one dose? Any drug interactions?
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
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
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
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
Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production? No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.
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
Call: If possible, best to not take anything. But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more
I'm having accute bronchitis and prescribed with ventolin expectorant, but it's not helping. What should I do?
Return: Return to your doctor and tell him the medicine isn't working. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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