• I have had a dry, hacking cough for about a year now. Is there anything that I could be taking for that? I can't seem to find any relief.

    Asked by Cordelia on Friday, September 14, 2012

    I have had a dry, hacking cough for about a year now. Is there anything that I could be taking for that? I can't seem to find any relief.

    I believe this cough is a typical symptom....right?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello! What does your lung doc say? You really need to get a doctor's input, because they are familiar with your condition, your prescriptions, and what might cause more harm than good.

      When my dad had his lung cancer, non-small-cell, they didn't want him to use anything when he had a really productive cough. Other times, he used over-the-counter liquid Robitussin DM -dextromethorphan- (cough suppressant) and cough drops to find relief. It did help quite a bit. It will not work for some coughs. It's really important to get the okay of a doctor though, before you throw new medications into the mix, because you have a lot going on with both lungs.

      A cough that doesn't go away is a symptom of lung cancer.

      about 8 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with GERDS a few months prior to the lymphoma diagnosis. I elevated the head of my bed by 6-8 inches using some blocks...the results were great. Sleep better, less reflux and best of all, no more dry cough!

      about 8 years ago
    • Lillylung's Avatar

      I finished Chemo and Radiation 9 months ago, surgery was one year ago-removed lower 2 lobes on right side. I have a frequent non-productive cough. It can get fairly severe at times. My radiologist recommended an over the counter cough medicine as long as the cough was non-productive. This has been very helpful for me. I only have to take every couple of weeks or so. I do have a lot of issues with allergies lately so I plan on seeing my Primary Physician soon. There is a radiation caused pneumonitis type syndrome that is fairly common that presents with a frequent cough. First and foremost talk to your Doctor about this, both Radiologist and Oncologist and Primary care is need be. Sorry answer is not more specific and helpful but that was my experience and the over the counter cough syrup really has helped.
      Good luck to you.

      about 8 years ago
    • DebbiD's Avatar

      One of my symptoms of lung cancer was a dry, hacking cough, woke me up in the middle of the night and it hurt. I didn't realize that was a symptom and so never did anything. My sister told me I was always coughing like that during the day which I didn't realize. One thing to stay away from is milk and milk products as that produces more mucous. Have you been tested for lung cancer? If not, go to your doctor immediately and let him know about the cough.

      about 8 years ago

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