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. 

Dr. Phelps

Published March, 2001