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Will no one rid me of this troublesome cough?

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I've had this cold for two weeks now, and the cough for most of that time, and I'm ready to be done with it.

I gather that I'm not alone in this--sounds like lots of people have had long-lingering colds and/or coughs lately.

Various over-the-counter medications always say to see a doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a week, but I think my colds usually last more than a week. I usually don't go see a doctor until about two weeks in, at which point the doctor invariably tells me that it's a cold and it'll go away on its own.

Ah, well, nothing to be done. Nothing but cough, that is.

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Achoo! I feel your pain. I have been plagued by yucky cough/congestion and even the occasional fever (it seems to come and go) since Thanksgiving! I've been alternating my over-the-counter remedies. Some days I take Dayquil, more recently I have been using sudafed: it has the best decongestant AND I can use it to make crystal-meth! I kind of agree with the claims that phenylephrine doesn't do me much good; I want my pseudoephedrine! The worst part is I'm really stressed out, but I don't feel comfortable taking Ambien (I'm not really sure I'm that comfortable taking it anyway) with all of this other stuff, so I'm not sleeping. I really and truly hope you manage to get rid of this, and have all of my sympathy.


Sadness! It sound like you've got it a lot worse (and have had it a lot longer) than I. Sorry to hear that.

For sleeping, I've been rotating through three remedies: (1) NyQuil gelcaps; (2) a combination of Benadryl and melatonin; (3) cough syrup with codeine. (I'm switching among them because I tend to quickly develop a tolerance for NyQuil and Benadryl, such that they affect me much less if I take them too many nights in a row.) Don't know if any of those would be useful in your situation, but they might fit with the sudafed better than Ambien does? Dunno. I'm not a doctor, of course; just speculating.

Anyway, hope you feel better (and get some sleep) soon!


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