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What Are The Risks Of Drinking Cough Medicine Every Day
Depends: It depends on which cough medicine. If it is a prescription cough medicine... It may have Codeine and if you are using it daily... Then addiction could be a problem. I would try to figure out what is causing the cough: asthma, acid reflux, allergies, sinususitis, rhinitis (drainage from the nose). ...Read more
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
I have cough for almost a month and I drink plenty of cough medicine but its not working I still have a cough?
See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more
What are the side effects of mixing cough medicine and alcohol? Especially if you use cough medicine to get high then drink to get drunk?
Misuse: Wow - this is a loaded one. Firstly - do not mess around with medication or chemicals to get a high - this is sick. Secondly - drinking to get drunk is a disease of addiction. Both practices are bad and means that treatment is needed. Never mix cough medicine with alcohol and never take one to get high and the other to get drunk. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
My throat keeps hurting and I keep taking cough medicine. But the next week its back and every time I cough it hurts really bad?
Need to find source.: Cough medicine is meant only to suppress a cough and only minimally successful at that. Every OTC med has the same ingredient for cough so changing will not make much difference. If throat pain is main issue need to determine cause. A culture can ID an infection but chronic post nasal drip or reflux can give throat pain. If cough is main issue it can cause the throat pain and need to find cause. ...Read more
Itchy throat every night then asthma attacks, what medicine should I take? Should I take antihistamine? A cough medicine?
Medical evaluation: This certainly sounds like alleriy induced asthma- I would not advise self mediciation since you should get allergy testing and pulmonry function testing: most OTC mediciations will NOT help in these circumstances. Call for a medical appointment ASAP. ...Read more
Diagnosed with step throat started on augmenten 2 pills a day and some cough medicine with codeine coughing more have shortness of breath. What helps
M.D. visit: If you have been diagnosed with a strep throat infection and have worsening shortness of breath, it may be related to a lung infection either from strep or another cause. It is important to stay well hydrated, monitor your temperature and to be seen by your physician. Your physician may order a chest radiograph during the visit. Strep infection usually lasts 7-10 days if uncomplicated. ...Read more
Cough: Age of the child and presenting clinical condition are important factors to consider before answering this question. Is your child having breathing difficulty, fever, could he/she have swallowed a small object, how long has the cough been going on, is your child less than 2 years old, does he/she have asthma.Cough is a protective reflex of your large airways, a prolonged cough could be bad. Call your md. ...Read more
Cough does....: Cough medicine itself likely doesn't cause a raspy voice but coughing can. Coughing can cause irritation and inflammation of the vocal cords as can certain infections of the upper airway, like viral infections that cause the common cold and flu. If the raspiness does not resolve once the coughing stops, or if it is worsening, then see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more
No: It has been thought that it may thin the cervical mucus but there is no scientific evidence that it helps increase fertility. There's not much evidence that it's effective for coughs and colds either. See a fertility specialist (rei) if trying to conceive without success for up to 12 months if you're 30, sooner if you have irregular cycles or known problems like fibroids or endometriosis. ...Read more
No: Robafen contains the active ingredient Guaifenesin which can break up thick mucus. It can cause stomach upset in higher doses. It does not cause a person to "get high." robafen may be combined with other ingredients such as dextromethorphan (dm), phenylephrine/dextromethorphan (cf), Codeine (ac). These other medications can have more side effects and Codeine can be habit forming. ...Read more
See below:: The current cornerstones of treatment in the urgent care clinics or emergency departments are corticosteroids and nebulized epinephrine; steroids have proven beneficial in severe, moderate, and even mild croup. In the straightforward cases of croup, antibiotics are not prescribed, as the primary cause is viral. Of note: little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. ...Read more
None: Cough medicine is not recommended in general for young children and not indicated for classic croup. If the child has concerning croup symptoms they should be seen by physician as they may require other medications such as steroids. Cool air and warm moist air can both also decrease symptoms. ...Read more
I think you mean antihistamines, which are used to decrease the body's reaction to allergens and some viruses such as the cold virus. They help decrease mucus production.
Other meds used for cough include: guaifenesin (expectorant), dextromethorphan (cough suppressant), and benzonatate (rx anesthetic that reduces cough reflex). Each can be found in a single ingredient form. Ask your pharmacist ...Read more
Dextrometorphan: If anything works otc....It is the aforementioned active ingredient. Honey has also been proven to sooth the cough receptors, but don't have high expectations! Having said that, as pediatricians, we don't like cough supressants, unless the cough interferes with resting at night. As annoying as the cough is, it's there for a reason, it protects the lungs from all the phlegm that drains postnasally. ...Read more
Possibly: With regular use.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: As long as you don't take more than the recommended doses of each. The two medicines do not interact. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
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