Suggest treatment for cough and flu

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Posted on Wed, 17 May 2017 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: My friend is on tour in China. Came down with a really bad cough and flu like symptoms he took a z pack with him however the cough has been so bad he is up all night . Visited a dr who gave him "codeine tablets 30mg"
for his cough. Should he take this medication ...he is 79 years old. ??? YYYY@YYYY
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Dextromethorphan better than Codeine

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for the query.
Codeine is not recommended in my opinion.
In fact he should take over the counter cough syrup with Dextromethorphan.
Warm water helps relief of cough and stop throat irritation
Cough can cause dryness and dehydration so please keep sipping water.
COugh lozenges can help.
Cover the body to be warm.
These measures should definitely work along with Z pack.
Let me know if you have more queries.
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