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JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I am a healthy 78 year old woman. I choked when taking some pills tonight. I have stopped the difficult coughing/gagging within 15 minutes but still cough some. Is it possible to have aspirated some or all of a pill without knowing it?
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: not allergic to any medicines. have sensitivity to codeine
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I am on chemo every 5 weeks for myelodysplastic syndrome/neutropenia
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 months ago.

It is extremely rare for cough to decrease significantly if one has aspirated a pill or some pills. The residual cough is due to a cough reflux or persistent mild throat irritation. But if you have fever, chest pain, breathing difficulty or shortness of breath, an x-ray would be recommended to categorically rule out aspiration.

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