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What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

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).

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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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I have cough for almost a month and I drink plenty of cough medicine but its not working I still have a cough?

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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

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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?

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.

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Itchy throat every night then asthma attacks, what medicine should I take? Should I take antihistamine? A cough medicine?

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.

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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.

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How can you give a child cough medicine?

How can you give a child cough medicine?

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.

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Can I take cough medicine with milk?

Milk: Milk makes mucus which could be causing an increase in your coughing so I wouldn't recommend taking cough medicine with milk.

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What is a fast-acting cough medicine?

What is a fast-acting cough medicine?

Remedy: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. For an uncooperative coughBenzonatate can be effective.

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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.

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Can robafen cough medicine get me high?

Can robafen cough medicine get me high?

Robafen: Greetings. Many cough suppressants have alcohol and/or narcotic in hem. See your pharmacist or doctor for the best option for your troubles.

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Does cough medicine make your voice raspy?

Does cough medicine make your voice raspy?

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.

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Can taking cough medicine help you conceive?

Can taking cough medicine help you conceive?

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.

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What cough medicine is good for hypothyrodism?

What cough medicine is good for hypothyrodism?

Any.: Same cough medicine as for everyone else. Hypothyroid will not affect those meds in any way.

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Will robafen cough medicine cause me to get high?

Will robafen cough medicine cause me to get high?

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.

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Is it okay to mix cough medicine with diclofenac?

Is it okay to mix cough medicine with diclofenac?

Yes: Just make sure that the cough medicine does not have any other NSAID like Ibuprofen in it. If it has acetominophen then you are ok.

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What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

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.

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What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

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.

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