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Or Should I Take Mucolytic Or Antitussive
Depends on cough: Mucolytics are used to thin secretions and mucus - we use it in copd, sinusitis, and other things. The goal of which is to help get mucus out of the lungs through a cough. Antitussives are on the other end of the spectrum - they work to block or suppress the cough. Whether you use a mucolytic or antitussive really depends on the cause of the cough in the first place. ...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
Cough remedies: A mucolytic like "guaifensin" thins out the mucous and secretions as antitussives like "codeine, or dextromethorphan" are made to suppress a cough. These drugs are often used in combination. Drink plenty of fluids with these . See your physician if cough persists or worsens. Good luck and good health ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chronic cough.I'm under cough meds which includes bronchodilator mucolytic. But every time i take it i cough a bit more and its ineffective.
>1 possibilities: (1) your cough may not be from asthma (2)Sometimes one may cough more after a bronchodilator because it opens up the clogged airways and allows the mucus to come out. (It may also mobilize the hair-like structures in the airways to move the mucus up). On the other hand, if you have chronic asthma, regular use of bronchodilators without an inhaled steroid will likely make your asthma worse. ...Read more
It depends. : Mucolytic agents are common medications for bronchitis. They work by breaking up mucus in the airway, to try making it easier to breathe. The answer to your question whether they are safe with antibiotics is that generally, yes they are safe, but side effects exist. It is important to discuss this treatment approach with your doctor to make sure it is the best option for treating your symptoms. ...Read more
I've been having this cough medicine but just noticed it says not to take if on anti-depressants..what could happen?
Yes: as long as you don't take more than the recommended doses of each. The two medicines do not interact. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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