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How can I clear phlegm in my cough?

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A cough with phlegm can be a good thing -- it clears all the gunk from your airways. But talk to your doctor if it keeps you from sleeping.

Some doctors say drinking water is the best way to get rid of mucus, but you can also use medications like guaifenesin. This drug thins the drainage so it's easier to move out. The most frequent side effect of this med is nausea and vomiting.

SOURCES:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold: Treatment."
Mayo Clinic: "Common Cold."
MedicineNet: "Cough."
American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cough Medicine: Understanding Your Options."
UptoDate: "The common cold in adults: Treatment and prevention."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold: Treatment."
Mayo Clinic: "Common Cold."
MedicineNet: "Cough."
American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cough Medicine: Understanding Your Options."
UptoDate: "The common cold in adults: Treatment and prevention."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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