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Whiskey Cough Syrup
Not available: This cough medication from the 1930's contains; 1% alcohol, 1/5% benzyl alcohol, 1/2% chloroform, squills, ipecac, lobelia, wild cherry, blood root, herehound, white pine, tar, tolu, menthol, glycerine, and ammonium chloride. Source: actual product box from the 1930's the maryland pharmaceutical co. Baltimore, md. (i can't confirm this but it is interesting---not sure i would ingest this!). ...Read more
Depends the amount: Usually one drink takes 1-2 hour to disappear. Therefore it should be ok after 4 hours with 2 drinks. However, there all kinds of cough syrups. Some have tylenol (acetaminophen) and both tylenol (acetaminophen) and alcohol may cause bad liver trouble. Obviously, it also depends the amount of cough syrup and the presence of any (undetected) liver disease. ...Read more
Mgt: Your PCP will probably order a chest radiograph and TB skin test, along with pulmonary function testing to determine the underlying cause. I agree there are many possible causes. If the cough is wet or productive, this increases the likelihood of an infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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