The best medications for a cancer-related cough

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Q: What is the best medication on the market for chronic coughing associated with lung cancer? We have tried over-the-counter Delsym, but we need something stronger for my dad's cough.

A: There are many prescription medicines to try. You can try codeine-based cough medications because codeine is very effective at suppressing cough. Tessalon Perles might be worth a try, and Hycodan, which has hydrocodone in it to help cough.

Talk to your respiratory therapist about nebulized morphine to see if that might help with this cough.

If a lung tumor is pressing on his airway, then palliative radiation therapy to the tumor could shrink it to help with the cough.

-- Answer from Dr. David Cho, an oncology physician on JustAnswer.

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