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Pertussin Cough Syrup
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
Maybe: Some cough syrups contain Codeine which is a type of narcotic. These are by prescription only and should be used only under the direction of your physician for short periods of time due to the risk of dependenc. The over the counter cough syrups will not result in mood changes--up or down. ...Read more
Search Internet: I am not familiar with that specific brand but you can always search the internet. Better yet, check w/your local pharmacies to see which one keeps it in stock. Or look for generic equivalents that contain same ingredients (they should always be listed on label). ...Read more
Flavorings: Good question! Some medications can taste awful. Many pharmacies have flavorings that they can add to liquid medication to disguise the taste. Another option is to chew cinnamon gum after taking the medication. ...Read more
Sometimes: Expiration dates are typically meant to be used as a guideline for how long the ingredients are considered "shelf-stable." you can often safely use things that have expired for about 6 months past their date but if you are unsure you should ask your physician or your pharmacist. ...Read more
Do Not Use:
Sizzurp is a slang name for a mixture containing one or more cough medicines, usually Codeine and often Promethazine mixed with soft drinks and other flavorings.
It is not controlled in any way and it is dangerous to use these medications without being prescribed by a physician. ...Read more
Cough syrup overmed: Cough syrup overdose symptoms depend on the type of drug that is in the cough syrup. Codeine can cause respiratory depression in high doses. Guaifenesin will cause stomach aches and headaches in higher doses. Pseudoephedrine can cause increased blood pressure in normal doses and even more so in higher doses. Hope this helps. Try to stay in the recommended doses or the prescribed doses. ...Read more
Probably won't help: The studies done on how much kids cough who take cough meds vs those who don't very clearly show that cough meds really don't make much difference. Many actually contain a med to suppress cough and a med to make you have a more productive cough within the same medicine! Better to use humidity, push fluids. Can use something to dry up nose a little if severe congestion or use a neti pot. ...Read more
Cough syrup: Hard to advise you from your description. Best to call your doctor or go to the ER if its a large amount. ...Read more
High: You can die messing with any drug to get high. Why don't you get help to stop substance abuse. ...Read more
Read ingredients.: Read the ingredients; note the amount taken, then phone your local poison control #; they will advise you; or go immediately to your local emergency dept. For their assessment. Time is of the utmost importance since presumably you are absorbing more each minute. ...Read more
No cough syrup: There have been a number of studies showing that children's cough and cold medicines do not help and in some cases, children experience unpleasant side effects. It can be frustrating to deal with a cough, especially at night. Saline nasal spray, humidified air, or sleeping with the head somewhat propped up using extra pillows works for some. ...Read more
Go to emergency rm: There are several substance in corex that can cause you harm in large doses, especially if the bottle was large. Go seek care in the emergency room immediately. ...Read more
Other causes: Cough from my viral infection may last days two weeks but if you don't have fever or shortness of breath running nose then other causes of cough must be ruled out. Other common causes are asthma, acid reflux or postnasal drip. Postnasal drip is common after a viral infection and may cause cough for weeks in which case cost suppressant's will not help. This is the likely cause in your case and is benign and self-limiting. ...Read more
Took second dose of cough syrup and hour and a half before I was supposed to by mistake? Is this bad?
I take daily a bottle of cough syrup corex regular for the last 1 year what are the consequences and will it effect my body? How can I quit
Dct gv me 3 types of medicine 2 cough syrup & pill & 1 dhatifen. I just eat dhatifen 1 time and w/a cause I afraid cos I still take mirt. Is this ok?
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