|Q: Mucus caused by Meds in Child
My son takes lithium and depakote daily. He also seems to have
alot of excess mucus. He gags and coughs up phlem alot. Can these
medications contribute to this?
Dear Liz --
Haven't seen that, though I treat adults. Lithium can dry you out, if you
don't drink a lot. Many of my patients carry a jug of water around with
them. Maybe try that? If you're dehydrated, even just a little,
phlegm gets much thicker and stickier. See that his urine is pretty
clear -- i.e. push the fluids until that point -- and see if that helps.
Published March, 2001