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Symptom Based Treatment Of Cough : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S – Suppressants like narcotic cough suppressants, such as codeine, hydrocodone, or morphine, act in the “cough center” in the brainstem.
  • Y – You can use Dextromethorphan, an over-the-counter, centrally acting cough suppressant with fewer side effects than narcotic suppressants.
  • M – Macrolide antibiotics have been tried in the treatment of chronic idiopathic cough, but with inconsistent success.
  • P – Potential options for treating cough hypersensitivity syndrome include off-label use of gabapentin, pregabalin, or amitriptyline.
  • T – Transient cough suppression can be achieved with inhaled lidocaine, an inhibitor of voltage-gated sodium channels.
  • O – Opioid cough suppressants, like codeine or morphine, are potent but can cause drowsiness and constipation.
  • M – Modifying behavior through specialized speech therapy techniques may be beneficial for cough hypersensitivity syndrome.
  • B – Benzonatate is thought to inhibit neural activity of sensory nerves in the cough-reflex pathway.
  • A – Available cough suppressants, including inhaled anticholinergic bronchodilators, are only modestly effective.
  • S – Some studies suggest a role for behavioral modification using specialized speech therapy techniques for cough hypersensitivity syndrome.
  • E – Empiric treatment of chronic idiopathic cough with inhaled corticosteroids has been tried without consistent success.
  • D – Development of novel cough suppressants, such as neurokinin-1 receptor antagonists, is being explored.


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