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History of angioplasty, have severe cough with phlegm, feel better with deriphyllin. Can I continue it?

I am male aged 65 who had an angioplasty 2 years back.last month after exposing myself to severe cold weather and dust while I was in India I got a cold with sever cough with more flem. my cardiologist prescribrd to take deriphyllin retard 150 bd for three momnthes .after taking the drug for about one mont i feel better . is it ok to continiue the drug as the doctor prescribed ? ?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Thanks for writing in. I am a qualified and certified cardiologist.
I read your question with diligence.
There are two issues involved here :
Deriphylline helps in bronchospasm and one commonly prescribed drug in cardiac patients is B Blockers which can induce bronchospasm. I hope you showed your previous prescription slip to the doctor who gave you this drug.
Apart from causing increase in heart rate an occasionally arrhythmia this drug in short or medium term has no cardiovascular effect. Personally, I would go for inhaler with mucolytic agent if you need to take for longish duration, which you can suggest that your doctor. In any case please take the drug for the prescribed duration. It is not OK to continue to any drug beyond the time it has been prescribed. I might have misinterpreted last sentence so; what if you actually mean : is it OK to continue the drug as long as it is prescribed by a qualified doctor when it helps you? Yes you can take it. Good Luck.

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Dr Anil Grover
Answered: Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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