Generic Name: DEXTROMETHORPHAN LIQUID - ORAL Pronounced: (dex-trow-meth-OR-fan) Vicks DayQuil Cough Oral Precautions
Before taking dextromethorphan, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
lung problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema)
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use
machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have
phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your
intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about
Asthma in children is an obstructive respiratory condition characterized by recurring attacks of wheezing , shortness of breath, prolonged expiration, and an irritated cough that is a common, chronic illness in childhood. Although the disease can begin in infancy, it is often difficult to diagnose asthma in young children. Nevertheless, these children require treatment. The lung is the main organ of the respiratory system and its main function is respiration (exchange of gases between the environment and the body). Air enters the nose where it is filtered, warmed and humidified. After passing through the trachea (windpipe), the air travels into the lungs through the bronchi (a system of branching airway tubes that become smaller as they reach deeper into the lung). The smallest of the bronchi, the bronchioles, open into balloon-like sacs called alveoli. An asthma attack occurs when these airways narrow and the muscles around them tightly contract (this is called bronchospasm ). The membra...
When I started as a respiratory therapist 20 years ago, one of the first observations I made is that people with chronic lung diseases, like COPD, do not like heat. They often request fans with the breeze blowing right at their faces. Or, better yet, they request the air conditioning be turned to full blast. Studies seem to support these observations.
A study performed at John Hopkins University showed that COPD patients who were exposed to higher indoor temperatures (such as 90°F) were more likely to have lung function decline, have a flare-up, and require rescue medicine. Those exposed to higher outdoor temperatures were more likely to develop more severe COPD (meaning more severe symptoms).
While the study confirms heat has a negative impact on people with COPD, researchers are not sure of the mechanisms involved. So further studies will surely be performed to figure this out. As more is learned we’ll be sure to let you kn...
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