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Doctor insights on: What Is Advantage Of Cough Medicine Vs Cough Drops Vs Candy For Cough

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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 eat cough drops almost as if they were candies, is that ok???

I eat cough drops almost as if they were candies, is that ok???

Cough drops: Good afternoon! It depends on what ingredients are in the cough drops. If it contains pseudoephidrine you may cause your heart to race or make an arrhytmia (abnormal heart rhythm or rate) worse and you will get dry mouth. Or if they contain guafensin the active ingredient in Robitussin (guaifenesin) you can get nausea vomiting etc. Just eat candy not cough drops... Read more

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My son has a bad habit of going through my purse looking for candy, he recently got his hands on ricola cough drops. Should I be worried?

My son has a bad habit of going through my purse looking for candy, he recently got his hands on ricola cough drops. Should I be worried?

Candy and medicine: You didn't mention your son's age. Important to keep your purse out of reach of your son especially if you keep medication in it. Many young children think brightly colored pills are candy- that also includes vitamins. Keep medication out of his reach, lock up if necessary. Read more

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I have a sore throat, dry cough, and inflamed taste buds. I eat cough drops like candy, when I don't my throat is dry and irritated.?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, and inflamed taste buds. I eat cough drops like candy, when I don't my throat is dry and irritated.?

Dark brown honey: Cold Eze (zinc) lozenges, warm water gargles, Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed. Cough drops are useless. But some Robitusssin DM, or a generic equivalent. Gradma's tea and honey, nice warm chicken soupnd Read more

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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. Read more

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Can I take cough medicine with milk?

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Is there any cough medicine that doesn't have histamines.

Cough meds: 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

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What are some great cough medicine that won't affect anxiety?

What are some great cough medicine that won't affect anxiety?

Honey: Raw honey can be an excellent cough suppressant. Guaifenesin, found in many over the counter cough meds should be ok. Most anti-histamines will help, and do not increase anxiety Read more

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