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Should expectorant cough syrup be taken with or without water?
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cough syrup +/-water
It is best to stay hydrated when taking an expectorant cough medication.
I do not recommend cough medication to my patients. I do however prescribe guaifenesin-containing medications. When i do, i ask that they take the medication with a glass of water. Ask your pharmacist about the best way to take the specific medication prescribed for you.

In brief: Cough syrup +/-water
It is best to stay hydrated when taking an expectorant cough medication.
I do not recommend cough medication to my patients. I do however prescribe guaifenesin-containing medications. When i do, i ask that they take the medication with a glass of water. Ask your pharmacist about the best way to take the specific medication prescribed for you.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Water...
Most people are able to expectorate sputum without expectorant cough syrup.
Increasing your water intake by itself may make the mucous thinner and thus easier to expectorate. If you smoke, quitting will lead to less mucous production.

In brief: Water...
Most people are able to expectorate sputum without expectorant cough syrup.
Increasing your water intake by itself may make the mucous thinner and thus easier to expectorate. If you smoke, quitting will lead to less mucous production.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
In brief: EITHER IS FINE
You will not decrease efficacy one way or the other with normal amounts of water.

In brief: EITHER IS FINE
You will not decrease efficacy one way or the other with normal amounts of water.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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