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Can you cure a painful cough?

Researchers have found that a cough medication that treats the flu could help someone with chronic pain sufferers avoid the same painful cough.

The research, published in the journal Pain, examined the efficacy of a cough medications called Rifampin, as well as a treatment that used an alternative form of the drug called Tetracycline.

It found that Rifamix, the cough medication, helped relieve symptoms in patients who had difficulty breathing and those with chronic, painful coughs.

“The findings are exciting, and we believe the combination of the two drugs may be a potential treatment for some chronic pain patients,” said Dr. Eric Jorgensen, a researcher in the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

People who had chronic pain in the past may also benefit from the combination treatment.

“These patients may benefit from an improved quality of life, because they are more likely to have less frequent, chronic coughs,” Dr. Jorgenson said.

Dr. Jurgensen and his colleagues analyzed data from a study conducted at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and the UT Dallas Medical Center.

The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.