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What do you mean by an antitussive agent?

What do you mean by an antitussive agent?

Suppresses cough: An anti-tussive suppresses cough. This is only beneficial is you are having frequent coughing spells or pain with coughing. Coughing is an important reflex that happens when the body senses something foreign or irritating in the respiratory tract. It's a way to expel that quickly and forcefully. ...Read more

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Cough Suppressant (Definition)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common ...Read more


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Is it okay to take an antitussive and nyquil at the same time when you have colds?

Is it okay to take an antitussive and nyquil at the same time when you have colds?

Probably not: Read the ingredients and see if any are similar. Nyquil does have antitussive properties so it is not advisable to mix them. ...Read more

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What safe antitussive drug in pregnancy?

What safe antitussive drug in pregnancy?

Category C drugs: Both dextromethorphan & codine are anti-tussives that fall into category c. This is a pregnancy related scale listing meds form class a-x from very safe to dangerous/damaging. Category c includes meds that have no known negative effect on human fetal development from available studies but those studies are not extensive enough to move it to a safer category. Dm is in many otc products. ...Read more

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Which antitussive is most effective, dextromethorphan?

It's the most common: This is a good one and very available. The most potent anti-tussives are narcotic cough medications. They must be used with caution. One must have a prescription for most of these. I don't shill for companies but i find "delsym" a very good otc cough medication. ...Read more

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Or should I take mucolytic or antitussive?

Or should I take mucolytic or antitussive?

Depends on cough: Mucolytics are used to thin secretions and mucus - we use it in copd, sinusitis, and other things. The goal of which is to help get mucus out of the lungs through a cough. Antitussives are on the other end of the spectrum - they work to block or suppress the cough. Whether you use a mucolytic or antitussive really depends on the cause of the cough in the first place. ...Read more

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When should we use cough expectorant or antitussive?

When should we use cough expectorant or antitussive?

Two conditions: Are cold or bronchitis. There are 3 types of cough medicines: topical, suppressant and expectorants. Unfortunately there is no a quick fix to treat the cough. Do not use these agents for cough that occurs with smoking, asthma or chronic pulmonary condition. ...Read more

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Whatis the different between expectorant, mucolytic and antitussive?

Whatis the different between expectorant, mucolytic and antitussive?

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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