Hi Dr Jef -
Neither my husband or myself has EVER smoked a cigarette. ThHe pulmonologist listened to his lungs, looked at his chest x-ray (said it showed very slight pneumonia). and did a lung function test, which he "aced".
His current list of meds: Janumet 50/1000 2 x day, Tricor 145 mg 1x day, (been on these 2 for going on 2 years), Hyzaar 50/12.5 1 x day, Protonics 40 mg 1 x day, Tessalon perals 200mg 3 x day prn. His coughing started after he started the lisinopril 10 mg 1 x day, and simvastatin 20 mg 1 x day at bedtime in 7/09. In late Oct, he stopped taking the simvastatin to see if that was causing the silent reflux. When he tried taking it again, he immediated began coughing. He has not taken either med since around Thanksgiving.
Sorry - forgot to mention that the nurse practioner prescribed Nasonex for him to take prn, and the new Dr prescribed an albuterol inhaler (Ventolin) 2 puffs 4 x day.
She prescribed the protonix as the antacid.
He doesn't just cough at night - he coughs during the day more often than not - sometimes for 10 mintues at a time. He gets a tickle in his throat, and then he coughs. After coughing for a bit, he has to hike and spit up clear phlem. He keeps water or cough drops with him all the time. It's hard for him to even be in public sometimes. The ENT said his sinues and throat looked just fine.