Cough preparations can cause problems for
people with other health problems, such as
high blood pressure,
glaucoma, or an
enlarged prostate. Cough preparations may also
interact with other medicines, such as sedatives and certain antidepressants.
Read the package carefully or ask your pharmacist or doctor to help you choose
Use cough preparations with caution if you are older than 60
or if you have chronic respiratory problems.
Read the label so you
know what you are taking. Some cough preparations contain a large percentage of
alcohol. Others contain codeine. There are many choices. Ask your pharmacist to
Do not take someone else's prescription cough
Other symptoms develop, such as moderate to
severe chest wall pain with coughing, trouble breathing, a productive cough, or
You start coughing up blood.
A cough lasts
longer than 2 weeks without other respiratory symptoms.
become more severe or more frequent.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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