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Cardiopulmonary Syndromes (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI] - Chronic Coughing

Chronic coughing may cause much physical distress.

Chronic cough may cause severe pain, trouble sleeping, dyspnea, or fatigue. The causes of chronic coughing are almost the same as the causes of dyspnea.

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It may be possible to treat the cause of chronic coughing.

Treatments may include:

  • Radiation therapy for a tumor that is blocking the airway.
  • Placement of an expandable stent (tube) to close a fistula caused by esophageal cancer.
  • Draining the fluid of a pleural effusion.
  • Corticosteroids for lymphangitic carcinomatosis.

Medicines may be used to control chronic coughing.

Medicines may include:

  • Medicines to suppress the cough, including opioids.
  • Medicine that breaks down mucus.
  • An inhaled drug for chronic coughing related to lung cancer.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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