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What expectorant is good to release phlegm in asthma?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Wrong approach

Guaifenesin is the only expectorant that does anything, but it isn't very effective.
The bigger concern is that there is enough inflammation in the lungs to be producing a lot of sputum. The way to manage that is to identify the allergens triggering the asthma and treat the inflammation so the phlegm doesn't get produced in the first place. See a board-certified allergist.

In brief: Wrong approach

Guaifenesin is the only expectorant that does anything, but it isn't very effective.
The bigger concern is that there is enough inflammation in the lungs to be producing a lot of sputum. The way to manage that is to identify the allergens triggering the asthma and treat the inflammation so the phlegm doesn't get produced in the first place. See a board-certified allergist.
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Same

Same as those for people without asthma.
You want to make sure you don't use an airway irritant. The one to stay away from with asthma or reactive airways is mucomyst (acetylcysteine). Expectorants such as dextromethorophan are good and otc.

In brief: Same

Same as those for people without asthma.
You want to make sure you don't use an airway irritant. The one to stay away from with asthma or reactive airways is mucomyst (acetylcysteine). Expectorants such as dextromethorophan are good and otc.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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