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Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions. Uhhhh? Can I take?

Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions.  Uhhhh? Can I take?

Ask pharmacist or Dr: This is very troubling indeed. And everything I've read supports what you found. Don't risk a potentially life-threatening interaction but do try to find an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) w/ your doctor. It's not the guaifenesin part, so you could take Mucinex pills and gargle w/ salt water for throat pain and drink honey-lemon-tea-(bit of bourbon). Sorry, but you actually may find this to work better! ...Read more

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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What medicine is safe to take during pregnancy for extreme headache, bad.Cough, and chest congestion?

What medicine is safe to take during pregnancy for extreme headache, bad.Cough, and chest congestion?

Depends on trimester: During 1st trimester always bet to avoid meds. Later on tylenol (acetaminophen) is okay and technically speaking an opioid antitussive should be okay. Discuss with OB before taking any new meds. Avoid all nsaids. ...Read more

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Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

OTC meds: Medications like Guaifenesin which could be found in Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) can be helpful. Also for nasal stuffiness you could try afrin nasal spray one spray in each nostril twice a day. Please only take for three days as there's a high risk of rebound rhinitis if you take for longer than three days. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best medicine to get rid of cough, chest congestion?

Please recommend the best medicine to get rid of cough, chest congestion?

Cough treatment: To get rid of cough, you have to treat the underlined conditions. Cough is a symptom, not a disease. Therefore, there is no one best medication to get rid of cough. ...Read more

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I am currently taking 50 mg of sertraline and I have a cough with chest congestion. What can I take for my for cold?

I am currently taking 50 mg of sertraline and I have a cough with chest congestion. What can I take for my for cold?

Viral URI: There a dozen or more otc cold tablets or syrups available and you can choose one based upon your symptom complex and what you would like relieved, or consult with your friendly pharmacist. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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My two month baby has serve cough and chest congestion prescribe me some medicines and fenistil is fine for him?

My two month baby has serve cough and chest congestion prescribe me some medicines and fenistil is fine for him?

Cough : We are in the middle of the RSV season. That is the most common cause of cough right now in children. A 2 month with a severe cough needs to see the doctor to check for this and other infections. Your baby is too young to let this infection run its course. Testing oxygen levels and listening to the lungs for infection is essential. Let's go soon! ...Read more

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My 5 month old has cough and chest congestion and spits up mucus she's had this for 4 days should I take her in to dr?

My 5 month old has cough and chest congestion  and spits up mucus  she's had this for 4 days should I take her in to dr?

I would: Yes that would be a good idea to do a complete head to toe exam. I have examined children with vague symptoms to find they have an ear infection or something very treatable. Good luck please see your physician. ...Read more

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I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

Doctor can re-check: After starting antibiotics, things should be better each day after the first 2 days. Otherwise, the doctor can re-check to see if a different antibiotic or a longer course of antibiotics is needed. Sometimes asthma meds such as inhalers and anti-inflammatories like singulair (montelukast) or Prednisone are also needed. If doing well, a mild residual cough can be around for a couple of weeks, improving daily. ...Read more

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Taking Zoloft 150mg and strattera (atomoxetine) 60mg. What is safe to take for head/chest congestion, cough, fever, and body aches?

Taking Zoloft 150mg and strattera (atomoxetine) 60mg. What is safe to take for head/chest congestion,  cough, fever, and body aches?

Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) is pretty safe. Another suggestion is to call the doctor who already knows more about you for the best discussion of your options. Maybe you have an infection and could benefit from an antibiotic? Take care. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood.. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

I am experiencing  cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus)  and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood..  Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

Take as prescribed: This sounds like a potentially serious infection, maybe even pneumonia. "Afraid to take" azithromycin (Zpak) is not rational; it is a very safe antibiotic with few side effects. Not treating your infection is MUCH riskier than any potential problem from the antibiotic. Take it as prescribed; if you remain concerned, discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Me harry Allergic rhinitis with naso brochinal allergy 2 DNS optd on oct 2012 Using levocetrazine , montas tab ,deuonase nasal Sperry, anti allergic medicine/ asthaline but no relife since 4 year. Always live with cough .running nose . Chest congestion?

Me harry
Allergic rhinitis with naso brochinal allergy
2 DNS optd on oct 2012
Using levocetrazine , montas tab ,deuonase nasal Sperry, anti allergic medicine/ asthaline but no relife  since 4 year.
Always live with cough .running nose . Chest congestion?

Need an allergist: You need to see a professional allergist/Immunologist to deal with all the atopic (allergic) problems you have, look up on the net for a specialist where you live, or register in HealthTap for a virtual consult with an allergist/Immunologist just for more detailed advice, goodluck ...Read more

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I took six tablets of 250mg azithromycin, but my nasal congestion, cough and chest congestion are no better. Should i take the 2nd script of the same?

I took six tablets of 250mg azithromycin, but my nasal congestion, cough and chest congestion are no better. Should i take the 2nd script of the same?

No: It sounds like you took an adequate dose of antibiotics. Often times you get antibiotics for what turns out to be a viral respiratory infection, not responsive to antibiotics. It's good that you don't smoke, so keep drinking adequate fluids (like water) and treat yourself symptomatically with Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be patient. It could take weeks to get better. If worsening see doctor. ...Read more

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Caught a cold-chest congestion, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat.Can't take OTC meds,I take too many prescription meds.Home remedies plz?

Caught a cold-chest congestion, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat.Can't take OTC meds,I take too many prescription meds.Home remedies plz?

Natural remedies: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Depends...: On the cause. One common cause is asthma, and there are many very good medications on the market to control asthma inflammation in the airways and decrease the cough and congestion that result from that inflammation. You need a thorough evaluation by a doctor to help you identify the cause of your chest symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Chest Congestion (Definition)

Chest congestion - fluid/ ...Read more


Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion = aggregation ...Read more