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my husband just started to cough a lot but the nurse who checks him from hospice says his lungs are clear,but I told her he makes a gurgling sound and I am told this is secretions in the throat which is a new sympton to me. They sent him cough medicne which isnt a prescription .Is there something else I can give him to dry up these secretions? :cry:


Thu May 21, 2009 9:43 am
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I know most can take the Mucinex without side effects, is he sitting up most of the day? I hope! Even at night try using another pillow to slightly elevate him. Good Luck, I hope this doesn't last too long!

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Mary,

This likely indicates that there is dysphagia (swallowing problems). I would recommend asking the MD for a referral to a swallow study.

You can try:
Mucinex (be sure this doesn't conflict w/the cough medicine)
loratadine (Claritan)
humidifier
raising head of bed if it is happening at night

I would also suggest posting this question in the Treatment Options area and/or looking for other posts there on this same topic (mucus, secretions, cough).

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Fri May 22, 2009 12:56 pm
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Robin: doesn't mucinex have the same ingredients as Robitussin (plain quafenisin)? I think that's what I found so I continued using the robitussin (generic) for my DH. I believe the mucinex was more expensive & the generic robitussin works just as well with his "gurgle." Dee


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Dee,
That's why I cautioned on Mucinex and the cough syrup. Not all cough syrup is guaifenesin. Robituson makes a cough syrup for chest colds, and there are other makers of cough syrup that contain DM, not guaifenesin.
Robin


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