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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can chronic cough be treated?

Is there a cough medicine with vicoden? A friend of mine keeps telling me that s what I need. I ve been coughing for several weeks. I tried over-the-counter cough medicines. My doctor gave me one with codeine, which didn t work. Now I m on Tessalon, which also doesn t work. I have these coughing fits that go on and on until I m choking, gagging and spitting up junk.
Tue, 10 Oct 2017
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Hi Dear,

Understanding your concern. As per your query you have symptoms of chronic cough which seems to be due to upper respiratory tract infection leading to bronchitis.

Need not to worry. I would suggest you to avoid use of sharp and spicy food substances. Avoid cold carbonated beverages. Your symptoms will resolve in 1 week. if symptoms keeps on persisting you should consult ENT specialist and take proper treatment. You should get X-ray chest done along with pulmonary function tests. Doctor may prescribe antibiotics at least for 5 days along with decongestants and mucolytic agents. You should do warm saline gargles and take steam twice a day. Start with course of antibiotics Azithromycin 250 mg and anti inflammatory medications.

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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