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Expectorant Vs Suppressant
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 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
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
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
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 more
Why don't more cold meds include an expectorant? It seems like cough suppressants would just prolong things by keeping mucus inside.
I was carded for buying a plain ordinary bottle of cough syrup. No decongestant. Just cough suppressant and expectorant. Is this legal?
This is a legal: Question. Legal questions can be posted at avvo. Com. ...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
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
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
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
Cough syrup +/-water:
It is best to stay hydrated when taking an expectorant cough medication. I do not recommend cough medication to my patients. I do however prescribe guaifenesin-containing medications. When I do, I ask that they take the medication with a glass of water.
Ask your pharmacist about the best way to take the specific medication prescribed for you. ...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
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