Posted by: | 2020/01/05


Treatment for chronic cough since 2003

I have seen several doctors and have been on different medications with varying success. For 2 years (I was treated with Azelastine, Flonase, Singulair and Ranitidine which worked for about 1 1/2 years. After that I went on Elavil which worked to subside the cough but the side effect (constant raspy voice) was unacceptable. Then I was prescribed Tessalon Perles (100 mgs a day) and Prilosec (20 mgs a day) but that was ineffective. A couple of months ago when I was about to take a flight to see a relative, I decided to go back to taking a combination of zantac (I had several left over before it from before it was discontinued and unavailable) and my two nasal sprays. After 5 days of this combination I was cough free, I was cough free while on the visit and was cough free for the week after I came home and stopped taking the zantac. Then the cough came back and I am again looking for a medication that can help me. Is it possible that there is a med out there that I could take in combination with my nasal sprays (which I have been using) that is similar to zantac that might work for me?

Expert's Reply


Cough Expert
- 2020/01/08

The crux of the issue is what is the cause of your chronic cough?  Sometimes cough can be multi-factorial and there may be more than one cause.  Thus, it might be chronic post-nasal drip and acid reflux.  I would suggest that you go to an experienced pulmonologist, allergologist, or ear, nose and throat specialist who specialises in dealing with this problem.  Based on the underlying cause/s, effective treatment can then be used.  There are lots of nuances regarding which specific types of nasal sprays, how often they are used, how they are combined different antihistamines, use of immunotherapy, etc., etc.

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