Mucinex DM and it seems to help but I am wondering if this is alright. Also please explain how Mucinex works and what happens to the mucous if you take the DM which suppresses a cough. Thank you
Hello. The cough does not sound good to have. Sounds like a visit to your pulmonary or GP to listen to the lungs. I had pneumonia this past summer and the only telltale was a dry cough and increased shortness of breath.
When you have lung damage it is hard to tell if there is an infection. You will feel better knowing after seeing the doc.
As far as where the mucous goes, hopefully you are drinking lots of water to keep secretions loose. A suppressant keeps you from coughing so you can rest. But it is still there in your lungs if that is where the problem is. Hence a chance of pneumonia. If you are just having a cold, your doc can tell you when to take. A lot of over the counter stuff can conflict with other meds. Check with the pharmacist if your stuff goes together.
Sorry about the lungs. I have a major lung problem, too. Try respiratory therapy class if one is available in your area. It will really help to understand what you can do to make life easier. Take care.
It is my understanding that the mucinex should thin the secretions, making them easier to expel - with less coughing. The suppressant (the DM) should help alleviate nonproductive coughing.
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