Antitussives

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How can antitussives relieve cold and flu symptoms?

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An antitussive, or a cough suppressant, is a medication often recommended for the treatment of cold and flu symptoms. Usually, a cough resulting from the cold or flu will go away on its own. However, if a cough is keeping you up at night or is uncomfortable, you should consider taking an antitussive. Antitussives help your cough by deterring your cough reflex. Antitussive is sometimes used in combination with an expectorant that helps to thin mucus.

Antitussive drug names include dextromethorphan and codeine. Brand names of antitussives include Hold DM, Triaminic DM, Delsym, ElixSure Cough, Sucrets DM, TheraFlu Thin Strips, Robitussin DM, Buckleys Mixture Cough Suppressant, Vicks Formula 44, St. Joseph Cough Suppressant.

Do antitussives have any side effects?

Usually, you will not experience any side effects while you are taking antitussives or cough suppressants. You may experience side effects like sleepiness, irritability, and dizziness. If any of these side effects become severe, you should speak with your doctor right away.

Who should not take antitussives?

If you are allergic to any of the elements found in this type of medication, you should not take antitussives. Do not use the medication for more than 7 days without consulting your doctor. Additionally, certain medical conditions and medications can increase your risk for complications associated with antitussives. Medical conditions that may affect your dosage of antitussives include fever, chronic cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Medications that may put you at risk for drug-drug interactions include other allergy, cold, expectorant, or cough medications. Before taking this or any other medication, you should speak with your doctor about possible interactions.

How do antitussives interact with other medications?

Certain medications can increase your risk for complications associated with antitussives. Medications that may put you at risk for interaction include other cold, allergy, expectorant, or cough medications. Before taking this or any other medication, you should speak with your doctor about possible interactions. Since antitussives are often taken in combination with other medications, you should make sure that you know all of the ingredients and possible interactions before taking the antitussive medication.

Should I let my doctor know I am taking antitussives?

If you are planning on taking antitussives, you should talk to your doctor. In fact, you should always let your doctor know about any medication you are taking so that you avoid any interactions with other medications. Antitussives, in particular, can react adversely to a variety of different medical conditions and medications. Thus, it is important to discuss the proper dosage of antitussives and all of the possible complications that may accompany it.

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