Antitussives

Antitussives, also known as cough suppressants, interrupt the cough reflex by suppressing the coordinating region in the brain stem, which is responsible for causing cough. Dextromethorphan, codeine, hydrocodone, chlophedianol, and benzonatate are the

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Can a severe cough in the morning in my child indicate an allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years and 8 months old. He has a severe cough nowadays, especially in the morning. I am currently giving him Levolin syrup for his cough. Also, he vomits after a bout of a cough. He has a history of wheezing and was prescribed nebulizers by the doctor. I need to give him...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not unnecessarily start him on antibiotics. It is common in children of this age group to have a cough and cold on and off, due to seasonal variations. He will overcome it as he grows old. Do not start antibiotics unless the cough is associated with fever. Continu...  Read Full »

My 6-year-old daughter has a fever with cough. How to help her?

Query: Hi doctor, My 6 year old daughter was having fever since last night. Fever was between 100 and 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Initially, baby felt cold and her feet were cold as well. But, later on even the feet became hot. I administered syrup Calpol 5 mL once at 10 PM. Child's weight is around 34 kg, sli...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would suggest you to continue giving Paracetamol every 4 to 6 hours for at least two to three days irrespective of fever. As her weight is 34 kg, I would suggest you increase the dose to 7.5 mL of 250mg per 5 mL suspension. Generally, viral fe...  Read Full »

Are antibiotics required for cough in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has a cough for almost 5 days, and I gave him a Sinecod Forte antitusive syrup, which is prescribed by his doctor last time. He is 10 years old, does he need some antibiotics?  Read Full »


Dr. Manu Bharadwaj

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to icliniq.com. You say it is cough with phlegm and persisting for 5 days. Yes, given the situation, I feel it is better to start antibiotics. Tablet Azithromycin 250 mg, once daily, about an hour before eating for 5 days. Also, Tablet Albendazole 400 mg Ivermectin 12 mg, ...  Read Full »

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