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Doctor insights on: Guaifenesin Cough Suppressant

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I'm experiencing a bad dry cough; and few timesi have wet cough with mucus . I am taking a cough suppressant. Can i take also Mucinex (guaifenesin) for mucus ?

I'm experiencing a bad dry cough; and few timesi have wet cough with mucus . I am taking a cough suppressant. Can i take also Mucinex (guaifenesin) for mucus ?

Certainly: You can take Mucinex (guaifenesin) along with a cough suppressant. Just make sure it does not have an expectorant in the ingredients already. Also drink plenty of liquids - warm or hot preferably to help thin out the thick mucus clogging up your airways. ...Read more

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What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

What is the best nonprescription cough suppressant?

Honey: The best nonprescription cough suppressant shown to be successful in studies and even endorsed by the american academy of pediatrics is honey! ...Read more

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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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Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse ?

Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse ?

Cough: Dextromehtorphan and medicines that help,loosen the mucous ,(mucolytic agents,)these act as expectorants,that is the reason for a short time people cough more,unlike suppressant s. ...Read more

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What is the best cough expectorant? I don't want a cough suppressant because i want to get the mucous out.

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

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Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?

Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?

NEED SOME PATIENCE:: If honey and natural stuffs not helping, then check with his pediatrician. Some cough is good because it is a natural defense mechanism to clear the upper airway, sinuses and lower respiratory tract. If cough is prolonged, interferes eating, sleeping, then further evaluation needed to rule out asthma, allergy, sinus issue. Otc cough meds has a lot of side effects, not good for kids. ...Read more

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Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Please recommend a cough suppressant for a baby?

Not for anyone!: Cough medicines, in study after study over the last 27 years, have been proven ineffective & can have some bad side effects.This is why the fda has finally started taking them off the market! saline nose drops & suction, elevating the head of the mattress, & a cool mist humidifier work much better, & without the side effects. If this doesn't help enough, please have your baby's doctor check him/her. ...Read more

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What is better at night - cough suppressant or expectorant?

What is better at night - cough suppressant or expectorant?

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

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

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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Can i give my 3 1/2 year old cold medicine with a cough suppressant in it. ?

Can i give my 3 1/2 year old cold medicine with a cough suppressant in it. ?

No: Neither cold or cough medications are recommended for children of this age due to potential serious side effects up to and including rare death. ...Read more

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What is an effective over the counter cough suppressant for the common cold?

Dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan. Often combined with other products to help with other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the most effective cough suppressant? Would numbing type like benzocaine help as well?

What is the most effective cough suppressant? Would numbing type like benzocaine help as well?

OTC or Rx?: Over the counter, dextromethorphan is probably the best cough suppressant available. Just be sure the one you buy doesn't contain other ingredients, particularly expectorants which make you cough more. Prescription medication such as Codeine also quite effective. Numbing medications will not help at all and taking those for cough could be dangerous, putting you at risk for aspiration. ...Read more

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Cough Suppressant (Definition)

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Guaifenex La (Definition)

Guaifenex LA is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more