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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.
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.
I have my 1 week cough. When is the best time to drink my antitussive syrup and my mucolytic medicine? Are they advisable to drink it together?
Can take together: But those two medicines are just temporizing, you had the symptoms for a week, bit long, you need to see a doctor for better treatment, good luck
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 healthSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Read the ingredients and see if any are similar. Nyquil does have antitussive properties so it is not advisable to mix them.
Mgt: If you have a dry cough that seems to originate from your throat, lozenges and humidified air may help. If the cough persists for more than 3 weeks, then your PCP can determine other treatments.
If you must: The kid would get more out of a few hugs than they will from this med. Its main value is in giving you something to do.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Is it ok for a child to take steroid medicine, cough medicine and azithrowmycin around the same time of each other?
Yes, it is safe: To take them around the same time. Make sure to take Azithromycin on a full stomach.
What amount do you have to take and can you make it purer by getting rid of all the other chemicals in cough medicine?
Don't test: Cough syrup is generally safe to use as it is directed and formulated. Altering the ingredients is not safe and not recommended.
Should my daughter cough medicine or none? My 12 year old daughter has a cough that won't go away. What kind of medicine should she take?
Cough: Cough can be tough since there aren't really any good cough suppressant medications available. Since she is 12, you could safely try an over the counter cough medicine, but I listed below how I treat a cough in my house. There are a few things you can do to treat a cough caused by an upper respiratory virus. - drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated - hot tea with honey and lemon - or just a spoon-full of honey - honey has been shown to be as effective a cough suppressant as many over the counter medications - inhale steam from a shower or cool mist from a vaporizer - Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen can help with inflammation and throat pain cough from a cold virus should improve after a week to 10 days. If it does not, of if she gets worse or has any difficulty breathing, call her doctor.
Is smz-tmp 200-40/5 sus hi-t good to take for a bad cough? My daughter is 4yrs old and I need to know if I can use this as cough medicine?
No.: No. That medication is the antibiotic Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and it is not used for cough. You should never give your child any prescription medications without discussing it with your child's doctor first, unless the doctor just gave you that medicine for the child's current illness. There really aren't any safe cough medicines available for babies, toddlers or young children. The best things you can give are a spoonful of honey to "coat the throat' (as long as the child is over 1 year old!), hot tea with honey and lemon, and lots of fluids. If your child is having any difficulty breathing, develops a fever, or seems to be getting worse instead of better, call your child's doctor. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.See 1 more doctor answer
A general question- is it ok to take cough suppressant medicine when you have mucus comng out when coughing. I.e you will be leaving mucus inside chest?
It depends: You do want to expectorate mucous especially if it is copious and there is any difficulty clearing it but sometimes the cough is so frequent and debilitating that the balance tips in favor of suppressing it. Mucous perceived to be from the can actually be in the throat which is often the case.
Yes: As long as you don't take more than the recommended doses of each. The two medicines do not interact. Hope this helps!