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Are you pre- or post-op? Might make a difference in answers.

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Obviously, our first answer should be "ask your doc."

Assuming you've done that...

For me, post-op I take what I've learned works for over the years. Basically I stick with what worked pre-op: Nyquil at night. during the day for coughing/sneezing Benadryl, Robitussin, or my typical allergy stuff can often cover it. For body ache most NSAIDs do well though narcotics are generally better. I can't do Tylenol.

In the first couple months post-op one must consider a surgery that is in the early stages of healing. Nyquil or syrups would not have been doable. I would have had to stick to pills or plain toughing it out as was the answer to a lot of things in the first couple months.

Before folks jump to their "it's on the do not take list" my doc has no such list. My doc prefers to deal with patients as if they were unique individuals with individual requirements. This individual care is why we have Docs in the first place.

Good luck,


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I would talk to your doc, because it's important to find out what's causing the cough.

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