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Please help - Is cough syrup constipating?

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Old 03-01-2007, 08:34 AM   #1
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Please help - Is cough syrup constipating?

Does anyone know if cough syrup is constipating? It does NOT have codeine in it. The two ingredients listed are dextromethorphan (10mg) and guaifenesin (100mg). I took some of this yesterday and had the hardest, biggest, and most painful bm today. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 03-01-2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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Re: Please help - Is cough syrup constipating?


guaifenesin can cause constipation as it is a decongestant and works to dry up mucous and runny noses. If it dries up those things then it will dry you out as well. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids while taking the cold medicine. Not long after I had LIS surgery a few months back, I got a cold and had to take cold medication that started constipating me. That was when my colon/rectal surgeon told me to beware of cold medications, they can cause constipation.

Old 03-01-2007, 06:07 PM   #3
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Re: Please help - Is cough syrup constipating?

What you wrote makes sense to me now that I think about it. Thanks for the input!!! It is greatly appreciated!!!

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