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What are the side effects of Expectorant?

63 yr old male, with hypertension 140/90, treated with 10mg lisinopril twice a day. Zocor with total cholesterol 175. I have throat congestion that makes my chest tight. Not all the time, but when I do, it makes it harder to breath. Had nuclear stress test with very small minimal blockage. No treatment required. Good physical condition. Expectorant ???
Tue, 18 Oct 2016
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Hey,
Using expectorant will be of use only if you are having cough with expectoration. In Dry cough, expectorant is not of much use. Expectorant may sometimes cause tachycardia ( high heart rate) which can at times be bothersome.
If you are a smoker, try to stop smoking for some days and gradually do try to totally quit it.
You can till than use steam inhalation and anti allergic drugs like levocetrizine to decrease the irritative cough. Lisinopril is good for HTN.

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Dr Sameer Maheshwari
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