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What Is The Difference Between An Expectorant And A Cough Suppressant
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 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
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 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
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 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 more
I was carded for buying a plain ordinary bottle of cough syrup. No decongestant. Just cough suppressant and expectorant. Is this legal?
This is a legal: Question. Legal questions can be posted at avvo. Com. ...Read more
Minor cough itchy throat started last week after I took expectorant/cough suppressant combination medicine to loosen mucus. Did the medicine cause it?
Doubt it.: You took the med because you began to have symptoms and thus the worsening is a progression of whatever started your coughing in the first place. If the duration is over 2 weeks or the problem is worsening, see your family doc. ...Read more
1 week dry cough, with sometimes (once or twice a day) brown phlegm. Should I buy an expectorant or antitussive?
Do you have fever or chills? Any chest pain?
You might need to get a cxr to exclude the possibility of having pneumonia since the treatment will be of antibiotics. It is possible also that you have allergic symptoms or even asthma. I would rather give a treatment of the cause of the cough than the cough itself. ...Read more
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
Why don't more cold meds include an expectorant? It seems like cough suppressants would just prolong things by keeping mucus inside.
No: Food will not have a significant influence on that problem. ...Read more
OTC or Rx?: Over the counter, dextromethorphan is probably the best cough suppressant available. Just be sure the one you buy doesn't contain other ingredients, particularly expectorants which make you cough more. Prescription medication such as Codeine also quite effective. Numbing medications will not help at all and taking those for cough could be dangerous, putting you at risk for aspiration. ...Read more
My baby is 9 mo's old, and is with the common cold for more than 4 weeks. Is it ok to give him some cough suppressant?
Evaluation needed: Diagnosing and treating cough in infants is especially challenging. The typical "cold" should only last about 7-10 days. If a cough is persisting beyond that time, it is reasonable to have an evaluation, as other considerations such as asthma could be an issue. Cough suppressants are not recommended for infants. The cause of the cough should be addressed first. ...Read more
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