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6 yr old diagnosis w/ pneumonia zithromax x5 days finished w/ meds but still has nasty cough. should i take her back or give her something oc?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Give it time: The zmax will remain working in the kids system for another week or more as it is a long acting med. The cough is expected & plenty of fluids & judicious use of cough meds is appropriate.If you detect a set back with decrease in activity & increased work of breathing have her rechecked.
Answered on Dec 31, 2012
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Dr. Susumu Inoue
53 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Call the doctor: Most cough is due to upper respiratory tract infections (URI) due to a virus. Zithromax does not work againt a virus infection. It may prevent secondary bacterial infection. So the chances are that your child has a viral uri. Before you get a medicine otc, i suggest that you call your child's doctor tomorrow and tell him that zithromax did not help. He is in the best position to advise you.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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