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What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on cause

A dry cough could be a symptom of a variety of different problems including sinusitis, allergies, esophageal reflux, side effect to medications like ace-inhibitors (a class of blood pressure medicine), inhalation of irritants, or congestive heart failure, and many other problems.
Best to see your doctor to find and treat the underlying cause of the cough.

In brief: Depends on cause

A dry cough could be a symptom of a variety of different problems including sinusitis, allergies, esophageal reflux, side effect to medications like ace-inhibitors (a class of blood pressure medicine), inhalation of irritants, or congestive heart failure, and many other problems.
Best to see your doctor to find and treat the underlying cause of the cough.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Options

Dry coughs can be difficult and interrupt sleep/daily functions.
I tend to use a medication in an inhaler called ipratropium (atrovent). It can be given three or four times daily, is safe and has been shown to be effective in chronic non productive cough. It too can dry but it is non addicting and safer than narcotic containing anti cough medications.

In brief: Options

Dry coughs can be difficult and interrupt sleep/daily functions.
I tend to use a medication in an inhaler called ipratropium (atrovent). It can be given three or four times daily, is safe and has been shown to be effective in chronic non productive cough. It too can dry but it is non addicting and safer than narcotic containing anti cough medications.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

We often forget that coughing is a protective mechanism; it protects our lungs from mucous leaking down the wrong pipe.
However, if one needs cough medicine (such as to allow for sleep, ) one can take robitussin dm at night only. Don't take more than instructed and see your doctor if the cough worsens, is associated with a fever, or is not improving after a few days. Lots of water as well.

In brief: Depends

We often forget that coughing is a protective mechanism; it protects our lungs from mucous leaking down the wrong pipe.
However, if one needs cough medicine (such as to allow for sleep, ) one can take robitussin dm at night only. Don't take more than instructed and see your doctor if the cough worsens, is associated with a fever, or is not improving after a few days. Lots of water as well.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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