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How to treat a dry, persistent, tiring cough

How to treat a dry, persistent, tiring cough

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 Most infections of the upper respiratory tract proceed with a cough. If an infection proceeds without increased productivity of secretion and your respiratory tracts are strongly irritated, you are suffering from a dry, tiring cough.
In order to effectively treat a persistent cough without secretion or mucus, use -cough medications containing butamirate. Syrups and lozenges for a dry cough based on this component inhibit coughing reflexes at the level of the central nervous system and gently widen the bronchial muscles, bringing relief when breathing.
Dextromethorphan and codeine, found in numerous complex preparations for a dry, tiring cough, have a similar effect of inhibiting coughing reflexes. Both codeine and dextromethorphan effectively inhibit coughing reflexes. Additionally, codeine has a mild painkilling and tranquilizing effect.
Before you use a medication with codeine or dextromethorphan for a dry, tiring cough, make sure that you do not use sleeping pills or antidepressant medications. During treatment, do not drink alcohol due to the risk of breathing disorders. Do not operate machinery because these preparations may disturb your coordination, significantly extending the reaction time on the road.
Remember that you can use medications for a dry, tiring cough, only when your cough proceeds without wet secretion. Inhibiting coughing reflexes during a wet cough may result in the development of an infection and even in complications, which can endanger your health and require the use of antibiotics.

If the persistent, dry cough lasts longer than 2-3 weeks and becomes chronic – consult a physician.

This information is provided for your reference only and it is not to be relied upon on its own as instructions for use of this medication. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Other than liability for death or personal injury arising out of our negligence, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise.

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