Q: What's the difference between a productive and non-productive cough?
A: A non-productive cough is a dry, hacking cough that is often caused by the minor throat and bronchial irritation that accompanies the common cold, or from inhaling irritants in the air. A productive cough brings up phlegm/mucus and may be beneficial in clearing airways.
Q: How can one dose of Delsym® provide longer cough relief than one dose of other cough suppressant liquids?
A: Delsym is made with a patented time-release formulation that provides cough relief for a 12 hour period per dose.
Q: So many cough and cold medications, including Delsym, warn against use with an MAOI. What is an MAOI?
A: Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) are drugs used to treat depression, psychiatric or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's disease. If you are taking an MAOI drug, consult with your doctor before you take any medicines. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. Do not use Delsym for two weeks after stopping MAOI use.
Q: Does Delsym 12 Hour Cough Liquid contain a fever reducer or pain reliever?
A: No. Delsym contains a single active ingredient, dextromethorphan, which controls cough.
Q: Can Delsym be taken with other medications?
A: If you are taking any other medications, you should talk to your health care provider before using Delsym.
What's Going on When You Cough?
- You might feel a scratchy tickle in your throat. This tickle signals your brain that it's time to cough.
- Your brain tells your lungs to let out a sudden burst of air–surprise, you're coughing!
- Sometimes you can control it, but other times you can't.
- Coughing helps clear mucus and other matter (inhaled irritants) from the throat and lungs. Remember to help decrease the spread of germs by:
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and always putting your used tissue in the waste basket when finished.
- If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Always clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. It is best to wash with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.