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Cough management: a practical approach

Overview of attention for article published in Cough, October 2011
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2 tweeters
2 Facebook pages
1 Wikipedia page
1 video uploader


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Cough management: a practical approach
Published in
Cough, October 2011
DOI 10.1186/1745-9974-7-7
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Francesco De Blasio, Johann C Virchow, Mario Polverino, Alessandro Zanasi, Panagiotis K Behrakis, Gunsely Kilinç, Rossella Balsamo, Gianluca De Danieli, Luigi Lanata


Cough is one of the most common symptoms for which patients seek medical attention from primary care physicians and pulmonologists. Cough is an important defensive reflex that enhances the clearance of secretions and particles from the airways and protects the lower airways from the aspiration of foreign materials. Therapeutic suppression of cough may be either disease-specific or symptom related. The potential benefits of an early treatment of cough could include the prevention of the vicious cycle of cough. There has been a long tradition in acute cough, which is frequently due to upper respiratory tract infections, to use symptom-related anti-tussives. Suppression of cough (during chronic cough) may be achieved by disease-specific therapies, but in many patients it is often necessary to use symptomatic anti-tussives, too. According to the current guidelines of the American College of Chest Physician on "Cough Suppressants and Pharmacologic Protussive Therapy" and additional clinical trials on the most frequent anti-tussive drugs, it should be possible to diagnose and treat cough successfully in a majority of cases. Among drugs used for the symptomatic treatment of cough, peripherally acting anti-tussives such as levodropropizine and moguisteine show the highest level of benefit and should be recommended especially in children. By improving our understanding of the specific effects of these anti-tussive agents, the therapeutic use of these drugs may be refined. The present review provides a summary of the most clinically relevant anti-tussive drugs in addition to their potential mechanism of action.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Bangladesh 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Malawi 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 163 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 30 18%
Other 23 14%
Student > Master 21 12%
Researcher 19 11%
Student > Postgraduate 17 10%
Other 20 12%
Unknown 40 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 77 45%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 20 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 2%
Other 14 8%
Unknown 39 23%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 36. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 March 2020.
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