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My husband has been taking Mucinex for cough for 4 days and…

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Hi, My husband has been taking Mucinex for cough for 4 days and he is still coughing and vomiting a lot of clear and white mucus. This went on for 2 hours this morning. He is working but... what else can he take to dry up the mucus. Thank you.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?

The cough has been since last Thursday - 6 days. He passed a kidney stone on Friday and did not go to the doctor.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

He has a terrible digestive system but eats basically the same food, pretty bland. drinks water and coke. no coffee or beer , hardly ever drinks alcohol.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Has he acid reflux, heartburn, fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, urinary burning, increased frequency of urination, chest pain?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
He has acid reflux and takes Zantac, no hearburn, or wheezing. He became very sweaty when coughing up the mucus, no chest pain. urination timing is normal.
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok thank you
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

The common causes of cough are postnasal drip (also called upper airway cough syndrome), asthma, and reflux laryngitis / gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These causes are responsible for up to 90 percent of all cases of chronic cough. Less common causes include infections, medications, and chronic lung diseases. Another common cause of chronic cough is nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis.

Reflux laryngitis or laryngopharyngeal reflux or extraesophageal GERD, differs from traditional GERD in that it does not manifest as heartburn.

So first step is to start Prilosec also with Zantac. He should also take antacid like Mylanta.

Instead of Mucinex he may consider taking Dextromethorphan and guaifenesin combination which is one of the best (Robitussin DM).

If these are unable to stop the cough, he needs to get a chest x-ray and spirometry for the evaluation.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Thank you so much.
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