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Can medicines cause recurring cough medicines ?

I was researching side effects of the medication I take cause I am having coughing episodes very often. It starts with a tickling sensation in my throat and then I sneeze. The coughing can last up to 10 minutes. I am taking enalapril, dializiam, and montekaulast ( generic for singular)
Fri, 7 Feb 2014
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Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be due to:
1. Enalapril induced cough.
Under such condition, kindly consult your treating Doctor and discuss regarding change of the medication.
Your symptoms will be relieved with that.

2. Allergic tracheo-bronchitis.
Examination of the throat using a laryngoscope and X ray of the chest will be helpful in clinching the diagnosis.

Management includes:
1.Antihistamine preparations like Allegra & Cough expectorant syrup for symptomatic relief.
2. Montelukast preparations- used as a maintenance therapy to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies.
3. A course of antibiotics may be taken to prevent secondary bacterial attack.
4. Maintain adequate hydration & take a healthy balance diet.
5. Also make sure that you are well protected from cold, dust & other allergens.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.
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