What cough medicine can I take ? I have kidney disease.

In general, cough medications that contain guaifenesin are safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I recommend that you not use medications that contain phenylephrine or ephedrine and are commonly designated with a “D” after the name.  Medications that contain dextromethorphan or “DM” are also generally safe for treatment of cough.  Commonly used brand names include Robitussin, Mucinex and other many others.

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