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Doctor insights on: Robitussin Cough Drops Medication

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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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My son is allergic to rocephin ibprofen and penicillin we gave himequate vaporizing rub children multi symptomns Mucinex (guaifenesin) ludens cough drops is thisOK?

My son is allergic to rocephin ibprofen and penicillin we gave himequate vaporizing rub children multi symptomns Mucinex (guaifenesin)  ludens cough drops is thisOK?

Likely a non issue : The OTC medications you have mentioned do not contain any of the compounds you have listed as allergenic to your son. That being said, they may contain medications that he is allergic to that you don't know about yet, so careful observation is warranted. ...Read more

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I have laringitus and have had it for two weeks what can I do to get my voice back? I have been taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm and Advil congestion relief , and on my last pill of azithromycin , halls cough drops , and nothing has helped yet.

I have laringitus  and have had it for two weeks what can I do to get my voice back? I have been taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm  and Advil congestion relief , and on my last pill of azithromycin , halls cough drops , and nothing has helped yet.

If : If after 2 weeks without any other symptoms you have not improved, you may want to look into other reasons for your laryngitis.

There are number functional and anatomical problems that can cause prolonged laryngitis such as:
- otherwise silent reflux related changes,
- vocal fold hemorrhage (broken blood vessels),
- muscle tension dysphonia,
- benign or malignant growths (especially if you are a smoker)

these can be diagnosed via a laryngoscopic exam performed by an otolaryngologist otherwise known as an ear nose and throat doctor. If your laryngitis persists, you may want to have your doctor recommend a specialist who has the tools to complete a more thorough exam. Good luck! ...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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I've been having a cough for two weeks now. I was taking Robitussin (guaifenesin) but discontinued its use after a week. What should I do now?

I've been having a cough for two weeks now. I was taking Robitussin (guaifenesin) but discontinued its use after a week. What should I do now?

Cause: This depends upon the cause of the cough. If due to a cold (viral infection) or mycoplasma infection it will eventually go away, but not until all the damaged tissues have healed. This will be much prolonged if you are a smoker. It can be treated symptomatically by several otc preparations, but they should contain dextromethorphan (dm) for effectiveness. ...Read more

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I gave my 4 year old 2.5mL children’s Zyrtec 1 hour ago. Can I give him 4mL (not children’s) Robitussin severe multi-symptom cough cold+flu?

I gave my 4 year old 2.5mL children’s Zyrtec 1 hour ago. Can I give him 4mL (not children’s) Robitussin severe multi-symptom cough cold+flu?

Mgt: I would not recommend an over the counter cough medication at this age. If there is nasal congestion, a nasal saline rinse for children may help to reduce symptoms. Zyrtec should be used for an allergic reaction. If he is sick with a cold only, then the Zyrtec is not used. ...Read more

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I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

Yes and damage you: Drinking cough syrup is potentially damaging to your brain. It can cause lesions or boring holes called Olney lesions. Don't do it.

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Would it be a problem to mix Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup and equate cough syrup together?

Mixing meds: I would not advise it. If you are having to mix them or exceed the recommended dose for symptom relief then you should speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if i had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

What to do if i had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

What to do is stop : Don't do this. The potential damage to your brain is irreversible. Dextromethorphan can cause boring holes known as Olney lesions in your brain. Bad idea. ...Read more

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Got an awful cough. Tried robitussin, mucinex, (guaifenesin) and tessalon but can't stop coughing! Suggestions?

Got an awful cough. Tried robitussin, mucinex, (guaifenesin) and tessalon but can't stop coughing! Suggestions?

Mgt: A bacterial infection may be the cause, and I think your PCP can consider a work up for pertussis. There are many causes, including asthma, reflux, and post nasal drip.
Stay well hydrated, and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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I took Robitussin (guaifenesin) for a persistent dry cough, no luck so i just took nyquil two hours later is that ok?

I took Robitussin (guaifenesin) for a persistent dry cough, no luck so i just took nyquil two hours later is that ok?

Yes: As long as it was plain robitussin, that's fine. If it was Robitussin dm, (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) then you would want to wait at least 4 hours in between the two, because both of those have a cough suppressant in them, and you don't want to double up on the same medication. ...Read more

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I accidentally took a double dose of hydrometer cough medicine thinking it was my regular robitussin (guaifenesin). What should I do?

I accidentally took a double dose of hydrometer cough medicine thinking it was my regular robitussin (guaifenesin). What should I do?

2 much Cough Syrup: Larry,
Do not take anymore cough medication for a period of 24 hours. If you develop high fever, visual problems, rapid heart rate, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting;
have a friend or relative take you into the Emergency Department for immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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My daughter has this irritating cough for the past several days any idea of the best cough relief. We've tried robitussin (guaifenesin)...Still has a cough.

Robitussin (guaifenesin) is....: ..Pretty close to worthless (as are mucinex, (guaifenesin) delsum, triaminic, etc.).For a simple cough not related to pneumonia or asthma, buckwheat honey is quite effective. Don't use the stuff in the bear jar; it helps much less. Use a teaspoon of *buckwheat* honey every now and then as needed. If the cough persists, worsens, fever develops, or any other worsening of the problem, see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup helps mucus fertility?

Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup helps mucus fertility?

No. IUI is better: It has been thought that it may thin the cervical mucus but there is no scientific evidence that it helps increase fertility. Cervical mucus problems are a rare cause of not getting pregnant (unless taking clomid, (clomiphene) or some women with previous leep or cone biopsy of the cervix). Intrauterine insemination (iui) is a good option. See a fertility specialist (rei) if trying to conceive without success. ...Read more

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I am 16weeks pregnant can I take Robitussin (guaifenesin) long-acting cough?

Ask your OB: U should be asking all these ?S to yoru OB as yoru OB has specific meds that they will recommend usually that should be safe but ask your ob. ...Read more

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Can I take NyQuil cold and flu to let me sleep 4 hours after having taken Robitussin 12 hour cough relief? Cough relief didn’t work :(

Can I take NyQuil cold and flu to let me sleep 4 hours after having taken Robitussin 12 hour cough relief? Cough relief didn’t work :(

Mgt.: It is important to determine the cause of the cough. Nasal saline rinses and mist humidification may also relieve your symptoms. Monitor your temperature and if there are fever spikes, please see acute care.
A flu vaccination is recommended. ...Read more

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What should I do if I cough w mucus for a week already and I have asthma? I take Robitussin (guaifenesin) and it does not seem helping.

Asthma exacerbation: Coughing, not wheezing, is the most common symptom of asthma. Mucousy cough especially makes me think asthma or sinusitis. Sinusitis often makes asthma worse. Time to switch to your yellow zone if you have an asthma plan. No plan? Contact your doctor. You need a reliever medication like albuterol, a controller medications like an inhaled steroid, possibly Prednisone & a better plan. ...Read more

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24 week pregnancy, can I take Robitussin (guaifenesin) ex cough syrup?

24 week pregnancy, can I take Robitussin (guaifenesin) ex cough syrup?

Cough: I usually have my patients take regular Robitussin (guaifenesin) for their cough. Cough drops are perfectly safe as well, especially if your throat is irritated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Robitussin (guaifenesin) for cough & chest congestion?

What are the side effects of Robitussin (guaifenesin) for cough & chest congestion?

Symptom control: Do not give these products to children younger than 4 years of age as they can cause problems. Guaifenesin is used to relieve chest congestion . Guaifenesin may help control symptoms but does not treat the cause of symptoms or speed recovery. Guaifenesin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:headache, nausea, vomiting. ...Read more

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Month in asia. Cough phlegm, inner chest irritation often, cough often. Certain that usa Robitussin (guaifenesin) would fix. Meds here no effect. What can I do?.

Month in asia. Cough phlegm, inner chest irritation often, cough often. Certain that usa Robitussin (guaifenesin) would fix. Meds here no effect. What can I do?.

Cough and phlegm: If cough produces yellow-green phlegm, there may be a concern that the source of your symptoms may be a bacterial bronchitis that may require antibiotics. Frequent throat clearing, sense of foreign body in throat, mucous in throat mainly in am, and chest discomfort mainly after big meal or spicy meal implies acid reflux affecting throat for which prilosec/tums/reducing acid/sour in diet is best. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloutier
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Guaifenesin (Definition)

Guaifenesin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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Robitussin (Definition)

Robitussin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more