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What causes persistent cough despite taking Mucinex?

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Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

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Posted on Wed, 23 May 2018 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I have been coughing, sneezing and having a hard time sleeping. My cardiologist who I saw on Tuesday recommended Mucinex Day & Night since I had a heart attack in 2015.but the cough is not getting better.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Better to take anti histamine.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Coughing, sneezing are commonly seen with viral upper respiratory tract infection (URTI).
So better to take antihistamine drug like levocetrizine or fexofenadine.
Mucinex is mucolytic and expectorant drug.
It is effective only in congestion.
It is not effective in dry irritable cough which is common in URTI.
So take antihistamine drugs.
Along with this, also do steam inhalation and warm water gargles 5-6 times a day.
Drink plenty of fluids orally and keep yourself hydrated.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 33 minutes later
Is that a prescription medication or one that can be bought over the counter? It won’t raise blood pressure?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
This will mostly available over the counter.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on HealthcareMagic.
I can understand your concern.

This will mostly be available over the counter.
And no need to worry about the rise in blood pressure.
Better to take Fexofenadine if you get it otherwise Levocetirizine 10mg once daily at bedtime is also fine.
Hope I have solved your query. If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
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