I'm having a dry cough, can I treat it with guaifenesin?

Yes, but ... Guaifenesin is used to relieve chest congestion . Guaifenesin may help control symptoms but does not treat the cause of symptoms or speed recovery. Guaifenesin is in a class of medications called expectorants. It works by thinning the mucus in the air passages to make it easier to cough up the mucus and clear the airways. Take it with lots of water. I am pessimistic whether it works in patients.
Need diagnosis... Before you can treat a dry cough, it needs to be diagnosed. Possible etiologies include bronchospasm of any etiology, gerd, sinus problems or a combination of these factors. These all have different treatments. Cough meds will not treat this type of cough. You need to be seen by your doctor, especially if this cough is not improving on its own. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed.

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Can I treat a dry cough with guaifenesin?

No. Guaifenasin is used to help thin the mucous that might be causing a cough and is considered an expectorant, making it easier to clear the mucous. It does not help if you do not have mucous. Read more...

Can I use guaifenesin for a dry cough?

Yes but. Yes but probably not that helpful. If the cough has been present for weeks, see your doctor to make sure there is nothing more serious. Read more...
Cough. Possibly you may have an atypical pneumonia...See your local primary doc for an exam. Read more...

I took Robitussin (guaifenesin) for a persistent dry cough, no luck so I just took nyquil two hours later is that ok?

Yes. As long as it was plain robitussin, that's fine. If it was Robitussin dm, (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) then you would want to wait at least 4 hours in between the two, because both of those have a cough suppressant in them, and you don't want to double up on the same medication. Read more...

My daughter has a very dry cough. Today is day 5. No fever. We've been giving her children's mucinex (guaifenesin). But the cough has progressively gone worse...

Cough. progressively worsening cough, even with no fever, would be a good reason to see your pediatrician. A complete examination and a detailed cough history would help to make a proper diagnosis and provide treatment as needed. Is the cough consistent? worse at certain times of day? Anything help cough or make cough worse? many times cough does not actually come from a problem in the lungs. Read more...