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Or should I take mucolytic or antitussive?

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.

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Whatis the different between expectorant, mucolytic and antitussive?

Whatis the different between expectorant, mucolytic and antitussive?

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.

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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?

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

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I have cough what's the difference between mucolytic and anti tussive?

I have cough what's the difference between mucolytic and anti tussive?

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

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Is it okay to take an antitussive and nyquil at the same time when you have colds?

Is it okay to take an antitussive and nyquil at the same time when you have colds?

Probably not: Read the ingredients and see if any are similar. Nyquil does have antitussive properties so it is not advisable to mix them.

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Can I take cough medicine with amoxicillin?

Can I take cough medicine with amoxicillin?

Yes: Most cough meds should not interact with amoxicillin. Usually contain dextromethorphan or a codeine-like cough suppressant. Do not mix with alcohol due to additive sedating effect.

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Can you take tramadol 50mg with cough medicine?

Can you take tramadol 50mg with cough medicine?

Yes, you can, but: Risk of side effects increases. Tramadol use can also lead to addiction, abuse, and misuse.

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What is the best cough medicine too take to get rid of dry coughs?

What is the best cough medicine too take to get rid of dry coughs?

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.

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What additional cough medicine can I take on top of theraflu cold and cough nighttime?

What additional cough medicine can I take on top of theraflu cold and cough nighttime?

Dextromethorphan: Whichever cold compounds you take will be more effective in controlling cough if they contain dextromethorphan, and these are usually marked "dm" on the bottle.

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Can I mix childrens cough medicine (hylands all natural) in water so my toddler will take it?

Can I mix childrens cough medicine (hylands all natural) in water so my toddler will take it?

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.

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When taking a cough suppressant should you always take an expectorant? I've seen & been told mixed answers. Thanks

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.

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What amount do you have to take and can you make it purer by getting rid of all the other chemicals in cough medicine?

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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Can I take cough medicine with milk?

Can I take cough medicine with milk?

Milk: Milk makes mucus which could be causing an increase in your coughing so I wouldn't recommend taking cough medicine with milk.

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Can I take cough medicine with nyquil?

Can I take cough medicine with nyquil?

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.

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Can I take a cough medicine with dyphebhydromine in it with melatonin?

Can I take a cough medicine with dyphebhydromine in it with melatonin?

Yes: As long as you don't take more than the recommended doses of each. The two medicines do not interact. Hope this helps!

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