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Try Home Remedies for Child's Cough or Cold

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – Instead of turning to over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, parents should consider treating their children with home remedies, says a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. Like all medications, even cold and could remedies available without a prescription can cause serious side effects in young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions. Because of the risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2008 recommended that children younger than 4 years old never be treated with over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. Children between 4 and 6 years old should only take these remedies under the direction of their doctor, the academy said in a news release. But children older than 6 can safely take over-the-counter drugs if the dosage instructions on the package are followed correctly. There are safer, more convenient and less costly ways to provide ... Read more

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Health Tip: Who Gets Pneumonia?

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Anyone can get pneumonia, but your age and general health are risk factors for the dangerous infection. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says other risk factors include: Being a child under age 2. The immune systems of young children are still developing. Being an adult over age 65. Having asthma, bronchitis or COPD. Having cystic fibrosis. Having a weakened immune system. Having sickle cell anemia, diabetes or heart failure. Having trouble coughing, following a stroke. Being in a hospital's intensive care unit, especially if on a ventilator. Having had the flu recently. Smoking or alcohol abuse. Read more

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That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

Posted 21 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – If you have a cold that lasts a long time or a persistent cough, you could have bronchitis and should see a doctor, a doctor says. "We see a lot of cases of bronchitis at our immediate care centers," said Dr. Khalilah Babino, an assistant professor of family Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Although most cases are caused by the common cold virus or influenza virus, bronchitis can lead to more serious conditions, such as pneumonia, which require medical treatment, she added. Symptoms of bronchitis – a serious disorder of the lower respiratory tract – include fever, chills, chest congestion and productive cough that lasts more than five days, Babino said. "The cough can last two to three weeks and could be an indicator of a more serious condition. If symptoms persist for more than seven to 10 days or symptoms start to get worse, ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids. Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability. Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications. Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin. Tyramine (found in foods ... Read more

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Many People Underestimate How Long a Cough Should Last

Posted 14 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 14 – You've been hacking and coughing for a week now – isn't it time that the cough was through? Sadly, the answer is often "no," and experts report that many people have a mistaken idea of how long an acute cough should last. This misconception can lead to the unnecessary (and, for public safety, dangerous) overuse of antibiotics, a new study finds. "No one wants or likes a lingering cough. Patients simply want to get rid of it," said Dr. Robert Graham, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "After exhausting over-the-counter regimens for about a week, they visit their doctors with the hopes of obtaining a prescription antibiotic for a self-limited condition [that is] usually caused by viruses," which do not respond to antibiotics, said Graham, who was not involved in the new study. So how long does the average acute cough really last? The team of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Calm a Cough

Posted 23 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

-- If you're plagued with a cold or another respiratory illness that's causing a cough, there are things you can do to help tame the beast. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers these suggestions to help calm a cough: Quit smoking. Steer clear of substances that can irritate the lungs and worsen a cough, such as air pollution, tobacco smoke, allergens and strong odors. Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. Follow your doctor's treatment plan. Take cough medicine, if recommended by your doctor. Run a cool-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer. Read more

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Health Tip: Alcohol Can Interact With Medications

Posted 25 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

-- Over-the-counter medications may seem safer because they don't require a prescription. But they can still interact badly when alcohol enters the mix. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these popular medications that may have adverse effects if mixed with alcohol: NSAID pain relievers, which may lead to gastrointestinal bleeding if taken while consuming as few as two alcoholic drink per week. Acetaminophen, which may cause liver damage when taken with alcohol. Some OTC antihistamines can make you drowsy when taken with alcohol. Decongestants and cough medications that contain the cough suppressant dextromethorphan can increase drowsiness when taken with alcohol. Herbal supplements, such as kava kava, St. John's wort or valerian root, may increase drowsiness if taken with alcohol. Read more

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Health Tip: Before Using Cough Medicine

Posted 12 May 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Even if you're considering using an over-the-counter cough medicine, there are certain warning signs that should prompt you to consult with your doctor first. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list: If you're running a fever. If you're having difficulty catching your breath. If you have a cough that's lasted more than several weeks. If you're wheezing while breathing or coughing. If you have a cough that seems to come and go. Read more

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