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Doctor insights on: Mixing Cough Syrup And Alcohol

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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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Why did I test positive for alcohol after taking and alcohol free cough syrup ?

Why did I test positive for alcohol after taking and alcohol free cough syrup ?

Did you take: any other meds along with the cough syrup? Did you drink the night before? Otherwise I have no explanation as to why you tested positive. ...Read more

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How long after consuming alcohol can I take cough syrup?

How long after consuming alcohol can I take cough syrup?

Depends the amount: Usually one drink takes 1-2 hour to disappear. Therefore it should be ok after 4 hours with 2 drinks. However, there all kinds of cough syrups. Some have tylenol (acetaminophen) and both tylenol (acetaminophen) and alcohol may cause bad liver trouble. Obviously, it also depends the amount of cough syrup and the presence of any (undetected) liver disease. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take Benalyn cough syrup and drink alcohol? What can happen?

Is it bad to take Benalyn cough syrup and drink alcohol? What can happen?

Unwise: Benalyn which contains dextromethorphan, mixed with alcohol can cause increased nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. See also: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Medicine/medicine.htm Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Help please! could cough syrup cause a positive on a urine test for alcohol?

Help please! could cough syrup cause a positive on a urine test for alcohol?

Yes: Depending on the sensitivity, yes. Some cough syrups have alcohol in them. Tell the tester all of the meds you took so they can check for those and clear those off the drug test if it checks out. ...Read more

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What would a mix of cough syrup/ritalin/seroquel/alcohol/painkillers do to the body?

What would a mix of cough syrup/ritalin/seroquel/alcohol/painkillers do to the body?

Mess you up: And not in any good ways. Some Cough syrup in high doses can cause psychosis. Alcohol and pain killers can be deadly. The mix you describe sounds like a recipe for disaster. ...Read more

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What would a mixture of cough syrup/ritalin/seroquel/alcohol and painkillers do to the body?

What would a mixture of cough syrup/ritalin/seroquel/alcohol and painkillers do to the body?

Doesnt sound good: doesnt sound like a good combination of medications. take medications only as prescribed. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of mixing cough medicine and alcohol? especially if you use cough medicine to get high then drink to get drunk?

What are the side effects of mixing cough medicine and alcohol? especially if you use cough medicine to get high then drink to get drunk?

Misuse: Wow - this is a loaded one. Firstly - do not mess around with medication or chemicals to get a high - this is sick. Secondly - drinking to get drunk is a disease of addiction. Both practices are bad and means that treatment is needed. Never mix cough medicine with alcohol and never take one to get high and the other to get drunk. ...Read more

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Will codeine cough medicine that my dr. Prescribed me for my cold show up on a etg ua? If so how hi will the alcohol levels be?

Will codeine cough medicine that my dr. Prescribed me for my cold show up on a etg ua? If so how hi will the alcohol levels be?

Depends: Not all cough medications contain alcohol; there are some that specifically do not, and if you are being tested with etg or ets testing, you should use non-alcohol containing cough medicines. There is no way to know how high the etg level might be without knowing how much cough medicine you had and how much time between taking it and the test. Many consider etg too sensitive for legal purposes. ...Read more

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What products do we use everyday that have alcohol in them? Cough medicine, hand sanitizer, etc.

What products do we use everyday that have alcohol in them? Cough medicine, hand sanitizer, etc.

Long list: Different kinds of alcohol ethanol: beer, wine, other beverages, mouthwash, cough medications methanol (wood alcohol): antifreeze, solvent, fuel isopropyl alcohol: fuel additive, windshield wiper fluid, hand sanitizer, solvent. ...Read more

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Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Flavoring: Milk makes mucus, so you may be defeating your own purpose by giving cough medicine with milk.I know cough medicine tastes bad so try some other flavoring or ask the pharmacist for help. ...Read more

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Can i take nyquill with cough syrup?

Can i take nyquill with cough syrup?

Not a good idea: There are several versions of nyquil and most if not all of them contain cough medicine. Taking another cough syrup would probably give you too much dextromethorophan. ...Read more

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Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Cough: Maybe so , maybe not. Depends on the child, why he/she is coughing and the cough syrup. There are many illnesses that cause cough. Best to see your doctor about any significant cough so that the cause is found and proper medicine can be given. For minor coughs honey in hot herb tea is soothing for children over 1 year of age. ...Read more

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What amount cough syrup can kill you?

What amount cough syrup can kill you?

Don't test it: Cough syrup is not a health drink or a way to get intoxicated. Do not test the limit of how much to drink. ...Read more

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What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

W/DM: Likely with dextramethorphan a cough suppressant. Show it to your pharmacist for confirmation, side effects and if you should take it. All the best. ...Read more

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Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Cough syrup: Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant, while Guaifenesin loosens mucous. Either will help, and some syrups have both. If you have a fever, or your phlegm is discolored, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

Cough meds: Greetings. The active ingredients in cough medication is usually guifenessin which is a mucus thinning agent and dextramethorathan which is a cough suppressant. Check with your pharmacist for confirmation. ...Read more