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Best cough medicine?

Best cough medicine?

No cough medicine: The best medicine for cough is the medicine that treats the reason you are coughing. If your cough is due to asthma you need to treat asthma. If its due to reflux treat the reflux. If its due to pneumonia, bronchitis or sinusitis then treat the infection. I do not like treating symptoms unless i know the cause. If you have a persistent cough you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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What is a good alternative OTC medicine to bromfed cough syrup?

What is a good alternative OTC medicine to bromfed cough syrup?

Check for DM: Tussin DM syrup has guiafensin a mucous thinning agent. The DM is the abbreviation for Dextromorphan the cough suppressant medication. It does not contain an antihistamine like brompheniramine. Use according to label directions for age, amount and frequency of dosing . ...Read more

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Can we take cough medicine and herbal cough medicine along with mirtazapine ??

Can we take cough medicine and herbal cough medicine along with mirtazapine ??

What's in it?: Usually that is ok. Some antidepressants, the MAO Inhibitors, can cause very bad high blood pressure reactions with some cold meds. Mirtazepine can be sedating at lower doses, and increase sedating effects of cough syrup, or lead to an idiosyncratic reaction. Herbal remedies are usually benign but sometimes they have active components that can have reactions with prescribed meds. ...Read more

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Best medicine for cough?

Best medicine for cough?

Honey in tea: Honestly, most studies have shown limited benefit from store-bought cough remedies. In fact, when compared to lemon and honey in tea....Guess which was best, and safest. Yep, our moms and grandmothers were right! ...Read more

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Is promethazine dm equivilant to codine cough syrup?

Is promethazine dm equivilant to codine cough syrup?

Not equivalent: but dextromethorphan in adequate dosage has cough suppressant activity equivalent to codeine. ...Read more

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Canu take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy medicine if taking medicine for congested heart failure?

Canu take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy medicine if taking medicine for congested heart failure?

Be Careful: You can, but be careful. Patients with heart failure will usually be on a lot of medications and the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may interact with them. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will make you sleepy and may affect your breathing. This could make your symptoms worse. ...Read more

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OTC medicine for sciatica?

OTC medicine for sciatica?

NSAIDs and Tylenol (acetaminophen): Because acetaminophen and NSAID's work differently to address the pain, they may be taken at the same time. However, maximum doses must be respected and always tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, OTC is included. ...Read more

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Cold n cough medicine?

Cold n cough medicine?

Robitussin (guaifenesin): The Robitussin people make a great line of products. They very clearly spell out what is in each cough syrup. There are only a few ingredients to choose from and you don't want to take one that may be unnecessary. Choose a product that has what you need: cough med, decongestant, expectorant, tylenol, (acetaminophen) antihistamine. Most likely, there is a bottle that has the 2 or 3 things in it that you need. ...Read more

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Is guaifenex a prescription medication?

Guaifenex : Guaifenex is available both over the counter and by prescription. ...Read more

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Can I take cough syrup along work allergy medicine?

Can I take cough syrup along work allergy medicine?

Cough: Generally you can but look to make sure they dont have any of the same ingredients. Depending on the cough syrup and the antihistamine type, they could make you hyper or tired. You can check it on line as well to look for interactions ...Read more

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Can you use hycodan (hydrocodone) cough syrup for GERD symptoms?

Can you use hycodan (hydrocodone) cough syrup for GERD symptoms?

Hycodan (hydrocodone) for gerd: Hello, the Hycodan (hydrocodone) can be used for a cough that was induced by gerd but the Hycodan (hydrocodone) itself will have little effect on reducing reflux like an h2blocker or a ppi. ...Read more

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Does abusing dm OTC cough syrup cause infertility?

Does abusing dm OTC cough syrup cause infertility?

Potentially: Any sort of drug abuse can lower fertility, sperm count and testosterone levels in males. If you're asking about females, check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Do cough syrups like Robitussin (guaifenesin) cure your cough or just relieve it?

Do cough syrups like Robitussin (guaifenesin) cure your cough or just relieve it?

Not a cure: You're treating a symptom only with Robitussin (guaifenesin) or any other "cough medication". The only "cure" is to treat the cause of the cough. ...Read more

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Is a cough syrup with codine better then promethazine dm for coughs?

Is a cough syrup with codine better then promethazine dm for coughs?

It depends: Upon what is cough due to. Is it just allergy? Asthma? From smoking? Infection causing Bronchitis? Pneumonia? And also upon what did you try OTC. Warm Ginger tea is very good for soothing throat. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Caught a cold-chest congestion, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat.Can't take OTC meds,I take too many prescription meds.Home remedies plz?

Caught a cold-chest congestion, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat.Can't take OTC meds,I take too many prescription meds.Home remedies plz?

Natural remedies: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Antitussive (Definition)

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