I am 81, never smoked, had asthma as a boy, treated by doctors for asthma many years, and the asthma is under control, but I cough many times a day, and it interferes with my public speaking work. I have had the problem for at least 13 years, though it has become worse with age. My doctor prescribed 600 mg Mucinex-DM (over the counter) every 12 hours, and that has helped enormously. However, the cough does occur occasionally anyway and can be hard enough to make my face red. I wonder if anyone has additional suggestions and whether such chronic coughing can be dangerous to my otherwise healthy condition.
Coughing may be from the upper airways, and not from your lungs. This drainage from the back of your nose and sinuses may become worse when you are speaking. Having a good response with the Mucinex makes this more likely than any problem in your lungs. If the cough is well controlled, I would not add any other medication and have plenty of water around when you are speaking
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