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I had catarat surgery 13 days ago with the chrystalen lens

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I had catarat surgery 13 days ago with the chrystalen lens implant. I have been using prenisolone Acetate Opthalmic drops 4 times daily, Bromday once daily, Besivance four times daily for the first six days, and cyclogyl four times a day for the first ten days. Last Saturday, which was day 9 I began a slight dry cough. It has progressed until this evening it is almost non stop. It is a clear mucus with a runny nose and drainage into my throat. The last three days I have only applied the prednisolone drops and the bromday drop. I feel that I can taste the drops in my mouth and wonder if they are causing the cough. I know that prednisolone is sometimes used for cough. I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon with my doctor..yet I am concerned about the night and coughing so hard as to do damage to the healing lens. I have not taken the evening dosage of the prenisolone...worried. Do you have any suggestions? Of course, I will be on my doctors door steps in the morning.

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. I think it's okay to miss this evenings dose of prednisolone and thus shouldn't cause irreparable harm. Then you can talk to your doctor about it. Alternatively you can continue to take it, but take some cough medicine and sleep with your head elevated somewhat which should reduce how much of your nasal discharge collects and makes you cough. It's true that many can taste the drops in the back of their throat, but it shoudnt cause nasal discharge with a productive cough, so I suspect you may have an infectious reason for your nasal discharge and cough. Does this make sense?
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Thank you for your information. I was puzzled since the discharge was clear. I will follow your directions and take the cough suppresent. I have coughed so hard that my throat is raw and actually bled somewhat. Hopefully with a good nights rest I will be better. Thank you again.

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