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DaynaE

Chronic Cough and Choking Spasms since August 2016

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I was diagnosed with PD February 24, 2017 by my Neurologist. 

One of the most irritating symptoms I have had in the past 6 months

has been a chronic cough. This has been going on daily since August. 

 

Sometimes it is just a cough that can be soothed with cough drops 

Other times, the cough gets severe and I go into a choking spasm. 

 

I am a non-smoker. I do not know if this cough is even related to PD 

or not, but I am thinking it could be. Is this something that can be 

controlled with something other than cough drops? I am using 

anywhere from 10-20 cough drops per day... definitely keeping Hall's 

in business, haha! 

 

Many thanks for any advice that can be given. 

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Thank you for the question.  The times I have seen a cough related to Parkinson it is usually the dopamine agonist medication (e.g. pergolide, rotigotine, pramipexole, ropinerole, others).  If you are on such medicine you may ask your doctor to switch to Sinemet or Madopar.  Also, coughing when eating could be a sign of aspiration and could lead to pneumonia.  Hope that helps.

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