Over-the-counter antitussive medications for acute cough are among the most frequently used medications globally, but concerns have been raised over the safety profile of, for example, codeine-containing mixtures. Should doctors be concerned about this and, if so, which medicines are the safest?
There is an update of a 2011 guideline developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. It provides recommendations on the pre, intra and postoperative care and management of children under consideration for tonsillectomy.
Cough is one of the most frequently encountered symptoms physicians need to diagnose. A number of cough mixtures are available for prescription, but it is vital to understand the aetiology of cough, the nature of the mixture ingredients and possible side effects.
Dry mouth is a common side effect of certain medications, radiotherapy for head and neck cancer and diseases including Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Often overlooked, dry mouth must be treated to prevent comorbidities like caries and dysphagia.