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Do You Have a Cough That Won't Go Away?

One of the drugs you're taking could be causing it

En español l Q: I'm 67 and in pretty good health. Two years ago, when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the doctor put me on Glucophage (500 mg each morning) to control my blood sugar and lisinopril (10mg each morning) to protect my kidneys. I went on a low-carb diet, lost nearly 50 pounds and am now almost back to the weight I was in college. My blood-sugar tests are in the "excellent" range.

About six months ago I started having coughing spells that seem to keep getting worse no matter what the doctor prescribes to control them. He's tried various antihistamines, antibiotics to treat bronchitis, and lots of different cough medicines. Right now I'm taking amoxicillin (500 mg twice a day), Robitussin AC (10cc every four hours), and Tessalon Perles (every 12 hours). But the coughing spells last so long and are so violent that sometimes I almost pass out from them. I never cough anything up. Can you help me find out what is going on? This is totally ruining my life.
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