Cough Suppressants

Cough suppressants are medications that prevent the person from coughing. Cough suppressants are otherwise called antitussives. They are used in treating dry hacking cough present in association with cold and flu. Cough suppressants act on the center of the brain to control the cough reflex. Dextromethorphan is a common cough suppressant used in providing temporary relief for cough presenting in association with throat irritation.

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What can be done for chronic dry cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I am suffering from cough for almost a month and my abdomen is paining badly due to cough. The cough gets so severe and I end up vomiting, be it early morning or night. I consulted the doctor and was diagnosed with chronic cough. I followed the medicine and it o...  Read Full »


Dr. Abhishek Dixit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chronic cough for more than three weeks needs evaluation. I would recommend to check CBC (complete blood count), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), Mantoux test, chest x-ray, ECG and serum creatinine levels. Chronic GERD - gastroesophageal acid reflux symptoms...  Read Full »

Why is Z-pak not working for a sinus infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41 year old female. I have been sick for almost a month now. I went to my doctor and he gave me Z-pak antibiotic for sinus infection. Normally, Z-pak makes me feel 100% better in a day or two after taking them. Instead of feeling better, I felt worse. I have completed all the Z-pak...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you are experiencing can be due to any of the following. Superadded bacterial infection that will require again an antibiotic, which is better to do a culture of the mucus to detect which antibiotic is suitable. The ongoing viral infection, which is usually s...  Read Full »

Is my treatment for cough the right one?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having cough for two to three weeks now. It is mostly dry and frequent throughout the day. I am getting two to three coughs at one time and then it continues. Currently, I am taking Piriton-CS, Pantocid and Montek-LC. I had bronchitis problem a few years back wherein I used to get ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through all the details you have posted. The medications you are taking are good, but as you were saying that you continue to have dry cough since three weeks some changes need to be done. Avoid cool drinks or cool water. Do gargles with Listerine or Chlorhe...  Read Full »

I coughed up worm-like mucus. Can it be a sign of worm cast in the right lung?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with flu five days back, it started with a productive cough and then progressed to body aches and fever. Body aches and high fever lasted for about 24 to 36 hours, but I have a constant low-grade fever. I started to feel better after three days, but the coughing was so...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is just phlegm and nothing else. Do not worry, such kind of a productive cough is common in viral bronchitis. Your treatment is going right. I would just suggest the addition of a bronchodilator syru...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for persistent cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a cough for the past 20 days. I took many cough syrups but the problem persists. Now I am taking Clavam 625, Pan 40 mg and Grilinctus syrup. Phlegm gets stuck in the throat so I have to cough continuously to clear my throat. I get a cough quite easily and it does not go ea...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are two types of coughing. One is a dry cough which usually follows upper respiratory infections and it resolves over time and some medications could improve it and a wet cough which is most probably due to a chest infection. This is more serious than a dry co...  Read Full »

Can Montral and Levolin syrup be given to children to treat wet cough?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has a wet cough with blocked nose having no fever. The doctor has prescribed medicines like Montral syrup and Levolin syrup and Metaspray nasal spray but no relief until date. I also medicate him with nasal drops of Otrivin. Please advise me whether can he continue with the sam...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your son's symptoms are most probably due to viral upper respiratory infection which is not a serious condition. The medications prescribed are sufficient but you have to watch for fever and the color and amount of excreted phlegm. I suggest you add an expectorant ...  Read Full »

Is cough medicine safe while breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is a lactating mother of 2 months old baby. Since one week she is suffering with bad dry cough. For past 2 days she is unable to sleep. For every 5 to 10 minutes she gets cough. We consulted a doctor and had medicine. But, still there is no relief. I attached the medicines that w...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and the prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Most likely your wife might be having throat infection for which she has not received proper treatment. I recommend her to get a test called throat swab culture sensitivity an...  Read Full »

Is it safe to give Meftal-P and Ambrocof-LS to my infant to cure fever and cough?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is just 32 days old. He is having some cough and cold symptoms. I had a visit to the local physician and was advised to give him Meftal-P, Cefpodoxime Proxetil suspension IP and Ambrocof-LS drops. Please suggest if these medicines are safe?  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Meftal-P is Mefenamic Acid used as an antipyretic to bring down the fever. While Cefpodoxime is a third generation Cephalosporin antibiotic given for lower respiratory tract infection of bacterial origin. Ambroxol-LS is a cough suppressant preparation used for wet ...  Read Full »

My son has cough and running nose. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. Since yesterday, he has a cough and running nose. Yesterday, I gave him Zyrcold syrup.  Read Full »


Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your son is suffering from a cough and running nose from one day. I would like some more information: Is this associated with shortness of breath? Is this associated with whistling sounds? What is the color of the sputum? Does he have a fever or labored breathing? Do...  Read Full »

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