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Triacting Expectorant Medication
In the lungs nothing: Between the lungs (in the "mediastinum") there is a proliferation of scar tissue that can lead to coonstriction of the large central vessels and airways leading into the lung. The cause is often blamed on a fungal infection, but in some people the cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it okay to take antihistamines together with combination expectorant medications like (salbutamol?
Yes: This combo is safe. Respiratory problems are sneaky and can turn nasty quickly. Worsening breathing with increasing wheezing has to be treated quickly by your pcp or if any delay you must go to emergency room immediately. Wheezing means airways are in spasm and can get worse fast! never delay being treated! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a good mucolytic/expectorant drug?
Immediate-release 400mg guaifenesin doesn't help that much, even after taking more than recommended.
Expectoration : Hydration and more hydration is the key. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is somewhat effective. Mucomyst pills may also help. However, in a generally healthy individual, without underlying lung disease, hydration and time should do most of the work. Eucalyptus oil seems to work in some people, mostly in inhaled form. Please discuss with ur Doctor prior to staring any regiment. ...Read more
Perhaps: Expectorants help to loosen mucous and let you cough it up easier. Supressants help with the annoyance of coughing. Coughing is good unless you cough to the point of vomiting or not being able to rest or sleep. Both seem to been of help but most colds stop on their own with plenty of rest and fluids. Humidification helps as well. ...Read more
Yes: Over the counter expectorants like guanefisin are thought to work by causing irritation in the stomach causing stimulation of secretions in the lungs and stimulates cough. The respiratory secretions become less thick and easier to expectorate. A patient with persistent secretions and cough would benefit from evaluation as there are medications which are more effective than expectorants. ...Read more
Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production?
No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.
Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present. ...Read more
What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?
Ask: Please submit clear & specific questions about this. 1 question per entry is best. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more
What do you suggest if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. What do you suggest if I have a few questions?
Stops vs thins: An expectorant is a medicine that thins out mucous, making it easier to mobilize and get out. Usually you'll see Guaifenesin as the active ingredient. A cough suppressant stops the body from wanting to cough. This can be ok at night, since you're not supposed to cough anyways, but not a good idea during the day, so mucous keeps moving. Of course, neither is ok for children until at least 4 to 6 y. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, like reasons not to take one of those meds. but they are generally used together and are generally quite safe. ...Read more
Depends...: The cough etiology needs to be diagnosed so that it can be treated. Neither an expectorant nor suppressant treats the underlying etiology and both can be harmful in certain situations. So, you need to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the etiology of your cough and to render appropriate therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation, a contributing factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough syrup +/-water: It is best to stay hydrated when taking an expectorant cough medication. I do not recommend cough medication to my patients. I do however prescribe guaifenesin-containing medications. When i do, i ask that they take the medication with a glass of water. Ask your pharmacist about the best way to take the specific medication prescribed for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Call: If possible, best to not take anything.But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more
Im having accute bronchitis and prescribed with ventolin expectorant, but it's not helping. What should I do?
Return: Return to your doctor and tell him the medicine isn't working. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Wrong approach: Guaifenesin is the only expectorant that does anything, but it isn't very effective. The bigger concern is that there is enough inflammation in the lungs to be producing a lot of sputum. The way to manage that is to identify the allergens triggering the asthma and treat the inflammation so the phlegm doesn't get produced in the first place. See a board-certified allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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Maybe: It is much more likely to be caused by a combo pill that has the expectorant and cough suppressant. Dextromethorphan is the ingredient in otc cough meds used to calm a cough. Some people are sensitive to it at recommended doses but at high doses or in combo with other otc or rx medications it can cause many unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects in anyone who uses it. Check labels. ...Read more
What is the best cough expectorant? I don't want a cough suppressant because i want to get the mucous out.
Water: Drink clear fuids---such as water, apple juice, pear juice or white grape juice. These fluids will thin mucus. Milk, orange juice etc will thicken mucus. Showers will help to thin mucus also--2 or 3 a day till better. Saline nasal spray or saline sinus lavage will also help. Feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why don't more cold meds include an expectorant? It seems like cough suppressants would just prolong things by keeping mucus inside.
Okay my lungs hurt! coming up on 3 weeks cig free, i can breathe a little better, always coughing up black stuff. Is there a natural/otc expectorant?
lung pain: Congrats on remaining off of cigs! for lung pain and cough you should get checked by your primary care doctor for asthma, pleurisy, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other lung problems. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an otc med that might help, but having a doctor listen to your lungs and examine you is important. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid: Plain Guaifenesin, the active ingredient in Mucinex (guaifenesin) and Robitussin, is pregnancy Class C. That means it has not been formally tested on humans but has had some adverse effect on animals during testing. There is very little that is considered really safe in pregnancy. If sick, rest, drink plenty of water, and eat as well as possible. Not much different advice from the rest of the pregnancy. ...Read more
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