Understanding Cough and OTC Treatments Quiz

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What is the most common symptom for which patients seek outpatient medical care?


What initiates the cough reflex according to the given text?

Stimulation of bronchopulmonary sensory nerves

What is the duration range for subacute cough according to the classification provided?

3-8 weeks

Which condition is not listed as an etiologic contributor to acute cough?


What is the primary function of the cough reflex according to the text?

To clear mucus and foreign material from the respiratory system

What is the role of the glottis in the process of cough initiation?

It allows air to escape during coughing

Which medical setting does cough frequently lead patients to visit?

Emergency department

Which medication is indicated for the suppression of non-productive cough caused by chemical or mechanical respiratory tract irritation?


What is the primary purpose of expectorants such as Guaifenesin in the treatment of cough?

Loosening and thinning lower respiratory tract secretions

Which medication is a nonopioid with no analgesic, sedative, respiratory depressant, or addictive properties at usual antitussive doses?


Which medication acts centrally in the medulla to raise the cough threshold?


Which medication is toxic if ingested and can cause burning sensations in the mouth, nausea and vomiting, seizures, and death?


Which medication should be avoided for chronic cough associated with chronic lower respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, COPD, or emphysema, or for smoker’s cough?


Which medication is abused for its phencyclidine-like euphoric effect?


Which medication is indicated for the suppression of non-productive cough?


Test your knowledge of the basics of cough, including its types, causes, and over-the-counter treatment options. Explore both medication and non-medication approaches for managing cough, as well as special considerations for certain populations.

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