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Expectorant Vs 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
1 week dry cough, with sometimes (once or twice a day) brown phlegm. Should I buy an expectorant or antitussive?
Cough: Do you have fever or chills? Any chest pain? You might need to get a cxr to exclude the possibility of having pneumonia since the treatment will be of antibiotics. It is possible also that you have allergic symptoms or even asthma. I would rather give a treatment of the cause of the cough than the cough itself. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best cough expectorant? I don't want a cough suppressant because I want to get the mucous out.
Water: Drink clear fuids---such as water, apple juice, pear juice or white grape juice. These fluids will thin mucus. Milk, orange juice etc will thicken mucus. Showers will help to thin mucus also--2 or 3 a day till better. Saline nasal spray or saline sinus lavage will also help. Feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When taking a cough suppressant should you always take an expectorant? I've seen & been told mixed answers. Thanks
No!: An expectorant helps loosen the mucus and make it less sticky so you can cough it out more readily. On the other hand, a cough suppressant suppresses your lungs ability to cough and get rid of the mucus! You may ask yourself why package them together in the same pill or liquid? That's due to our Republican Congress not wanting to interfere with the greatest medical system in the world. ...Read more
I was carded for buying a plain ordinary bottle of cough syrup. No decongestant. Just cough suppressant and expectorant. Is this legal?
What is the strongest over-the-counter expectorant I have emphysema and my doctor doesn't believe in any sort of cough medicine. .
GG: Some patients feel that Mucinex (guaifenesin) which is glyceryl guaiacolate helps to thin the mucus and make it easier to cough out. The cough might be much better treated by one of the combination inhaled steroids-long acting bronchodilators available by prescription. Spiriva, also by prescription might also help. It may be time to see a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more
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
Suppresses cough: An anti-tussive suppresses cough. This is only beneficial is you are having frequent coughing spells or pain with coughing. Coughing is an important reflex that happens when the body senses something foreign or irritating in the respiratory tract. It's a way to expel that quickly and forcefully. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Maybe: It is much more likely to be caused by a combo pill that has the expectorant and cough suppressant. Dextromethorphan is the ingredient in otc cough meds used to calm a cough. Some people are sensitive to it at recommended doses but at high doses or in combo with other otc or rx medications it can cause many unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects in anyone who uses it. Check labels. ...Read more
Why don't more cold meds include an expectorant? It seems like cough suppressants would just prolong things by keeping mucus inside.
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