• Modern approaches to the treatment of cough

Modern approaches to the treatment of cough


Bentsa T. M.
Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kyiv, Ukraine

Cough takes an important place among the symptoms conditioned by respiratory organ pathology. Mucoactive agents have been the medications of choice for the treatment of respiratory diseases in which mucus hypersecretion is a clinical complication. The main purpose of mucoactive drugs is to increase the ability to expectorate sputum and/or decrease mucus hypersecretion. Mucoactive medications include expectorants, mucoregulators, mucolytics and mucokinetics. Mechanisms of mucolytic, antioxydative and antitoxic effects of acetylcysteine on respiratory organs are considered. The drug is high effective fot treatment of different inflammatory diseases of respiratory tract with increase of bronchial secretion viscosity. The drug can modify the rheological properties of the tracheobronchial secretion reducing its viscosity and accelerating the discharge processes from the bronchial tract, which results in a more rapid recovery of the patient. The article presents the data about indications, contraindications and peculiarities of treatment with acetylcysteine.

Key words: cough, treatment, mucolytics, acetylcysteine.


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