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How long after I take it before an expectorant begins to work?

How long after I take it before an expectorant begins to work?

Expectorant: An expectorant should start to work within an hour, but the effects are going to be subtle. Add saline nasal spray for better effect in loosening mucus. ...Read more

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Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?

What to do if I have a reproductive cough, and i want to take an expectorant. I have a few questions?

Ask: Please submit clear & specific questions about this. 1 question per entry is best. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Im pregnant 8weeks i having cough can I take bena expectorant?

Im pregnant 8weeks i having cough can I take bena expectorant?

Call: If possible, best to not take anything.But for any mediacation, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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Is it okay to take antihistamines together with combination expectorant medications like (salbutamol?

Is it okay to take antihistamines together with combination expectorant medications like (salbutamol?

Yes: This combo is safe. Respiratory problems are sneaky and can turn nasty quickly. Worsening breathing with increasing wheezing has to be treated quickly by your pcp or if any delay you must go to emergency room immediately. Wheezing means airways are in spasm and can get worse fast! never delay being treated! ...Read more

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Do Zicam rapid tabs make you cough? When I take it, it makes me cough & somewhat acts as an expectorant. I have cough & cold symptoms.

Do Zicam rapid tabs make you cough? When I take it, it makes me cough & somewhat acts as an expectorant. I have cough & cold symptoms.

Zicam: It does not claim to contain an expectorant. The nasal swabs caused troubles with smell but all products are still being used and rely on the benefits of zinc. All the best. ...Read more

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Can i take expectorant+antihistamine combi cough syrup? aren't the actions contradictory? expectorant increasing & anti-histamine drying secretions?

No: Not contradiction, rather complementing each other, antihistamines act as cough suppressants besides help decrease excessive secretions, expectorants rather loosen the thick secretions helping to get rid of them, that's why plain water is the best expectorant ...Read more

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Is it okay if I take antibiotics and ventolin expectorant to take out the phlegm at the same time?

Is it okay if I take antibiotics and ventolin expectorant to take out the phlegm at the same time?

Yes.: They are commonly prescribed together for upper respiratory infections. They work in different ways to help improve your symptoms and resolve the infection. ...Read more

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Is there anything besides Mucinex (guaifenesin) on the market that works as an expectorant? I have asthma - mucus is major issue for me. I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) twice a day

Is there anything besides Mucinex (guaifenesin) on the market that works as an expectorant? I have asthma - mucus is major issue for me. I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) twice a day

Oral Diphyl-G: Thick mucus has been a real problem for my patients with asthma. Mucus thinning medications such as Guaifenesin present in Mucinex (guaifenesin) and robutussin has been very beneficial. One other item which i prescribe to patients is a mixture of Dyphylline and Guaifenesin (difil-g) which i find very useful to bring the secretion up because of additional dilating effect on airway. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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On a 5 day z pack. I only cough with the z pack and if i take a cough expectorant.Will i still rid my lungs of fuid without coughing?

On a 5 day z pack. I only cough with the z pack and if i take a cough expectorant.Will i still rid my lungs of fuid without coughing?

Yes: The airways do not depend entirely on cough to clear themselves. Cilia bring foreign material up and out of the windpipe and it is routinely swallowed unconsciously. Fluid in the lungs can also be reabsorbed into the blood stream or into the lymphatic drainage system. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure I have asthma can I take a decongestant for a cough expectorant?

I have high blood pressure I have asthma can I take a decongestant for a cough expectorant?

Avoid D formulations: They have substances that will lead to rise in adrenaline or mimicking adrenaline which can lead to higher BP and heart rate. Simple Mucinex (guaifenesin) would work just fine ...Read more

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Have pneumonia asthma bronchitis on prednisone 40mgx5 levoflaxcin500x7 is ok to take benedryl, cough supp and expectorant to manage severe coughing?

Have pneumonia asthma bronchitis on prednisone 40mgx5 levoflaxcin500x7 is ok to take benedryl, cough supp and expectorant to manage severe coughing?

Probably OK but..: If your cough is caused by uncontrolled asthma, then you need to get the asthma under control instead of relying on cough medicine to relieve the symptoms. On the other hand, if your lung function is reasonably good and the cough is too bothersome, i see no harm in taking a cough suppressant for a few days. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about these issues. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take expectorant with a sore throat?

Do you think I should take expectorant with a sore throat?

Expectorant - cough: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Can i take sudafed (pseudo ephedrine only), Mucinex (guaifenesin) (expectorant and decongestant), and nyquil all at once?

Can i take sudafed (pseudo ephedrine only), Mucinex (guaifenesin) (expectorant and decongestant), and nyquil all at once?

Probably ok: Sudafed and Mucinex (guaifenesin) certainly can be taken together and adding nyquil at bedtime is probably not harmful. Your pharmacist who knows all the ingredients and actions of these medications is very qualified to advise you,however. ...Read more

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Cold & blocked ears: Should I continue to take Sudafed (60mg) if no improvement after 24 hours? if no nasal congestion present? if no expectorant?

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Cold & blocked ears: Should I continue to take Sudafed (60mg) if no improvement after 24 hours?  if no nasal congestion present? if no expectorant?

Depends: If this congestion is from a cold, I would expect the congestion to go away in no more than 10 days . Thus you may try stopping the Sudafed.Your question is unclear in that I am uncertain whether the sudafed failed to work after 24 hours however. ...Read more

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Can you take Mucinex (guaifenesin) (expectorant) and sudafed together and will it keep you up at night. Or will nyquil be better for stuffy nose and mucus in throat?

Mucinex (guaifenesin): Will not keep you up, but sudafed may. They are okay to take together. Nyquil may be better if you do not want to stay up and is okay to take with an expectorant as well (just make sure that the nyquil you bought doesn't also have an guaifenisin in it as well). Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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What is the best OTC expectorant?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

Taken separately do an expectorant and a suppresant do well for a cold?

Perhaps: Expectorants help to loosen mucous and let you cough it up easier. Supressants help with the annoyance of coughing. Coughing is good unless you cough to the point of vomiting or not being able to rest or sleep. Both seem to been of help but most colds stop on their own with plenty of rest and fluids. Humidification helps as well. ...Read more

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Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Does an expectorant promotes coughing?

Yes: Over the counter expectorants like guanefisin are thought to work by causing irritation in the stomach causing stimulation of secretions in the lungs and stimulates cough. The respiratory secretions become less thick and easier to expectorate. A patient with persistent secretions and cough would benefit from evaluation as there are medications which are more effective than expectorants. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are cough expectorants slow to work?

I'm wondering why are cough expectorants slow to work?

Minimally effective: Most products that are recommended for breaking up mucus, also call expectorants, are minimally effective in generally. If the dose is too high, there are GI upset side effects. If the dose is too low, they are well tolerated, but no better than placebo. ...Read more