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Okay my lungs hurt! coming up on 3 weeks cig free, i can breathe a little better, always coughing up black stuff. Is there a natural/otc expectorant?
lung pain: Congrats on remaining off of cigs! for lung pain and cough you should get checked by your primary care doctor for asthma, pleurisy, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other lung problems. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an otc med that might help, but having a doctor listen to your lungs and examine you is important. Good luck! ...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?
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
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
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
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
Im 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
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
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
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