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I'm coughing real blood and I've got chest pain. No fever, but constant cough (big smoker). Will amoxicillin take care of it?

I'm coughing real blood and I've got chest pain. No fever, but constant cough (big smoker). Will amoxicillin take care of it?

NO: You need a bronchoscopy and cat scan thorax. Coughing up blood or hemoptysis is one of the possible presenting symptoms for lung cancer. You need to see a pulmonologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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After 5 days amoxicillin cough still frequent and debilitating?

After 5 days amoxicillin cough still frequent and debilitating?

Viral?: If your cough developed during or just after an upper respiratory tract infection, (URI) it is likely non-infectious so an antibiotic may not be helpful. Typically, these coughs are bronchospastic and you may need a bronchodilator inhaler and perhaps a steroid inhaler. These coughs can occur with a viral URI or bacterial and may last for many weeks. Inhalers may increase your comfort. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with strep throat on sunday still not feeling better amoxicillin for 3 days now I have a cough n throat still soar and swollen?

Diagnosed with strep throat on sunday still not feeling better amoxicillin for 3 days now I have a cough n throat still soar and swollen?

Should be better.: Hello!
After 3 days of treatment, you should be getting a little better. It is possible that you have a resistant strain of strep and that you need a different antibiotic. It is also possible that you have something else going on as well - usually strep infections do not cause a cough. I would recommend that you get in to be seen for reevaluation.
Good luck and get better! ...Read more

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I'm on Amoxicillin for 'walking pneumonia' & sinus infect. After 10 days, still have bad headache, sore throat, & sporadic cough. Do I go back to Dr?

I'm on Amoxicillin for 'walking pneumonia' & sinus infect. After 10 days, still have bad headache, sore throat, & sporadic cough. Do I go back to Dr?

I would: You've been patient. It's possible that there is something else that needs attention and relief. Pay attention to your life-style too. Are you drinking enough water, eating healthy, getting good rest? Not smoking or taking too much alcohol is helpful. Symptoms can become chronic and you're wise to keep that from happening if you can. Best! ...Read more

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Just found out that I am pregnant, I've been taking amoxicillin for a bad cold I got. Is it safe to continue taking it? I still have a bad cough.

Just found out that I am pregnant, I've been taking amoxicillin for a bad cold I got. Is it safe to continue taking it? I still have a bad cough.

Not a problem: Amoxicillin is not likely to help your cold if that is what it is, nor will it harm your baby. If you do not really need the Amoxicillin would stop it now. There are several potential side-effects for you (not your baby) that are unnecessary to risk. Good luck and have a great baby. ...Read more

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4yo is on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) day 5 for sinus infection double ear infection. And she's still has a juicy bad chronic cough. And junky nose. When will this end?

4yo is on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) day 5 for sinus infection double ear infection. And she's still has a juicy bad chronic cough. And junky nose. When will this end?

Sinus infections: Often take longer to go away than 5 days. Sometimes they need 2 courses of an antibiotic. Your daughter may also have a concurrent viral infection causing her cough, which certainly can last longer than 5 days. If she is not better after 7-10 days on her medication, or if she is worsening, she should be re-checked by her doctor. ...Read more

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On amoxicillin for sinusitis. I'm on the 8th day and I am still coughing like crazy at night from this sinus infection. When will the cough go away?

On amoxicillin for sinusitis. I'm on the 8th day and I am still coughing like crazy at night from this sinus infection. When will the cough go away?

Better antibiotic: Sinusitis is better treated with Levaquin (levofloxacin) since its tissue availability deep in sinus is better. Amoxicillin is better for soft tissue swelling/infection. Consult with your doctor for treatment of the cause of your sinusitis. Treat the cause, not the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had a barking cough since dec12' had antibiotics, still coughing more tabs augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 625mg still coughing night sweats? Doc said bronchitus!

I have had a barking cough since dec12' had antibiotics, still coughing more tabs augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 625mg still coughing night sweats? Doc said bronchitus!

See doctor: Be sure to follow your doctor instruction for follow up. If you are not better with what you were given, you need to go back so your doctor can do blood test, order chest x-ray for you if need. ...Read more

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6yo was diagnosed in the ER with pneumonia on Sun night, has been on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) since Mon afternoon. Thurs he still has a fever, no appetite, and bad cough. At what point should I take him back to see his doctor?

6yo was diagnosed in the ER with pneumonia on Sun night, has been on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) since Mon afternoon. Thurs he still has a fever, no appetite, and bad cough. At what point should I take him back to see his doctor?

Now will be a good: Time. Your son has been on antibiotics for more than 48 hours and appears to be getting worse. His doctor will likely want to re assess his plan of care. Continue the recommended care though until he is seen for follow up. ...Read more

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I was put on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for a double ear infection which turned into bronchitis. I feel better to a degree. I still have a dry cough. Why?

Residual effect: Bronchitis actually alters some sensitive linings in the lungs & the typical patient can have a cough last up to a month. Most do not but it's common. The cough does not mean you are relapsing or need more abx. ...Read more

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I've had chest pressure for over a month, a cough, congestion, shoulder pain, back pain. Dr. put me on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) & zpack. Still not better. Opinion?

I've had chest pressure for over a month, a cough, congestion, shoulder pain, back pain. Dr. put me on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) & zpack. Still not better. Opinion?

Patience my friend!: Sometimes cough lingers on after acute Bronchitis and URI or Sinusitis is treated with antibiotics. The Inflammation and Irritation of the Bigger Airways, some times Post Nasal Drip tickling the Throat from Congestion and if one has History of Asthma this will last for longer time.
Try Steam Inhalation and Ginger tea. Anti histminics will also help you.
Finally there is noo substitute for PE ...Read more

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Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Stept throat: The most likely thing is that you did not have strept throat unless a culture was done. It is was a strept throat You probably have a viral problem that takes bout 2-3 weeks to get better if you take antibiotics or 13-21 days if you don't. Have others at your work/school had similar problems? Good discussion at Wikipedia for more info. Amox is not drug of choice in US. ...Read more

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Sore throat, dry cough, runny nose and on off fever for 2 weeks. 5th day of 2x 675mg augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) but still hurts to swallow. Do I need prednisolone?

Sore throat, dry cough, runny nose and on off fever for 2 weeks. 5th day of 2x 675mg augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) but still hurts to swallow. Do I need prednisolone?

Continue Treatment: $-5 days into a 2 week course of antibiotics is early. Continue the treatment, and you should be feeling a gradual improvement. If you worsen, contact your doctor.. ...Read more

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I've been on amoxicillin 875mg for 5 days for strep throat. My throat feels better, but my cough has not gotten better at all. Should I be concerned?

I've been on amoxicillin 875mg for 5 days for strep throat. My throat feels better, but my cough has not gotten better at all. Should I be concerned?

Could be your sinus: Chronic sinuses infection can cause such, and few days of antibiotics won't clear it, please see your doctor again, might prescribe you more, a different antibiotic, or whatever deems necessary up to her/his judgement ...Read more

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Had head pressure, tightness in chest, fever & put on 10 days amoxicillin 500mg, 5 days prednizone & now hv croup cough. Why after taking all meds?

You might: Have something more serious, such as bronchiolitis, pneumonia, atypical infection such as TB, or even cancer. Return to your doctor so that he can re-evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old daughter was diagnosed positive for strep. While on amoxicillin, 4 days later bad night cough, 2 days later woke up covered in a rash.

My 4 yr old daughter was diagnosed positive for strep. While on amoxicillin, 4 days later bad night cough, 2 days later woke up covered in a rash.

Penicillin allergy: The 2 are probably not related.
Stop amoxicillin.
Give her benadryl
If the cough continues she will need to see the dr again fit tt and to see if she needs antibiotics for further tt of strep ...Read more

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Its 4 days since my wisdom tooth removed and im having a cough. Is it ok to drink cough syrup together with amoxicillin antibiotic?

Its 4 days since my wisdom tooth removed and im having a cough. Is it ok to drink cough syrup together with amoxicillin antibiotic?

Depends on: Depends on active ingredient in the cough syrup you are taking. To be totally certain, talk to a pharmacist and inform them the exact cough syrup so they may determine if contraindicated. ...Read more

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Told I had bronchitis 7 weeks ago w/ zpack. Got xray, rocephin (ceftriaxone) shot, amoxicillin 3 weeks ago. Cough came back today after leaving for 2 days. What?

Told I had bronchitis 7 weeks ago w/ zpack. Got xray, rocephin (ceftriaxone) shot, amoxicillin 3 weeks ago. Cough came back today after leaving for 2 days. What?

Possibilities....: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways. Sometimes, after having acute bronchitis, bronchospasm occurs and this results in more coughing. This can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers so see your doctor again for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is amoxicillin good for a bad cough and bacterial infection in my lungs and/or chest?, had cough for 2 weeks, on amoxicillin for 2 days now.

Is amoxicillin good for a bad cough and bacterial infection in my lungs and/or chest?, had cough for 2 weeks, on amoxicillin for 2 days now.

No: A bacterial infection in the lungs would be pneumonia. Amoxicillin would not be a good choice for this because many of the bacteria that cause pneumonia are resistant to amoxicillin. A quinolone like levoquin, a tetracycline like Doxycycline or a combination of a cephalosporin like vantin or Ceftin (cefuroxime) plus zithromax would all be effective for community acquired bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I had cough and cold so doc gave me lupitus 100ml syrup, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 625 duo tablets course for 6 days (2 times/day) but the cold and cough hasn't gone! ?

I had cough and cold so doc gave me lupitus 100ml syrup, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 625 duo tablets course for 6 days (2 times/day) but the cold and cough hasn't gone! ?

Do Not Despair: First of all antibiotics are NOT used to treat colds and coughs. Perhaps the lupituss was the wrong medicine. It is possible that you have a post nasal drip which happens a lot after a cold. Perhaps seeing another doctor for a new take would be helpful ...Read more

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Have stuffed up nose head pressure cough and double ear aches. Been taking amoxicillin 3 days now. What else can I do? And what is this I have

Drug failure: I rarely use Amoxicillin any more for infections due to frequent bacterial resistance. On the other hand, I use Amoxicillin clavulanate often because the bacteria are less resistant to it. You should talk to your doctor re. Changing your antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have been taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for strep for 4 days. Felt better but now feeling worse with cough. I have no spleen. Should I go back to the doctor?

Yes: Also make sure that you took the recommended vaccines for people who have no spleen, such as pneumococcal vaccine, good luck ...Read more

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I'm on azithromycin for 3 days for cough, etc. But 2marow I have a dentist apt. For cleaning and need to take amoxicillin because of new knee any effect?

I'm on azithromycin for 3 days for cough, etc. But 2marow I have a dentist apt. For cleaning and need to take amoxicillin because of new knee any effect?

Don't double up: The Azythromycin may be all that you need for both situations. Call the Dentist and discuss ALL the meds you are taking. Let Dentist decide 1. Which antibiotic would be best (DDS/DMD may want to talk tis over with your MD? DO), and also whether Dentist wants to put your visit off until after you're free from whatever is causing you to cough. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor two days ago for sore throat and congestion, I was given amoxicillin but now I chest congestion, phlegm, and productive cough.

I went to the doctor two days ago for sore throat and congestion, I was given amoxicillin but now I chest congestion, phlegm, and productive cough.

Viral Cold?: Antibiotics treat Bacterial infections (i.e. strept, ear infections, sinus infxn, pneumonia). If it's a Viral cold, the symptoms may start with sore throat, o'ccl post nasal drainage can cause throat pain, cold can transition into chest congestion & cough. The Amox will not treat the coughing or prevent if source is Viral. Fluids, warm liq. honey, humidifier, f/u w/ doc if worse & for more advice ...Read more

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I have been sick with a bad cold/cough for 10 days. I'm on prednisone, amoxicillin, albuterol, nose spray & robittusin. I have asthma and a wheeze when I breathe/cough. What can I do to help it?

I have been sick with a bad cold/cough for 10 days. I'm on prednisone, amoxicillin, albuterol, nose spray & robittusin. I have asthma and a wheeze when I breathe/cough. What can I do to help it?

Go to the next level: Your infection may be resistant to the amoxicillin. It's time for antibiotic #2, but it's also time to consider whether the diagnosis is correct. Maybe a chest x-ray is in order to rule out pneumonia. You are on all of the right medications for an asthmatic bronchitis, but just haven't turned the corner. Visit with your fp about what the next move is. ...Read more

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Is augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875 twice daily for 3 days enough to cure an upper respiratory infection with cough producing thick yellowish green mucus and mild fever?

Is augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875 twice daily for 3 days enough to cure an upper respiratory infection with cough producing thick yellowish green mucus and mild fever?

No: Generally upper respiratory infections are viral even when the mucus is yellow/green. Incompletely treating any bacterial infection can lead to antibiotic resistence. If you think you have a bacterial infection, you should consult your doctor and get the proper dose and days worth of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin cure cough?

Can amoxicillin cure cough?

Depends: What is the cause of the cough? If from a community acquired pneumonia, then Amoxicillin could be an effective treatment. However, if the cause is not infectious, then Amoxicillin will not do anything. Find the cause of the cough and treat, don't just treat the symptom. ...Read more

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Is amoxicillin good for a cough?

Is amoxicillin good for a cough?

Depends: What is the cause of the cough? If from a community acquired pneumonia, then Amoxicillin could be an effective treatment. However, if the cause is not infectious, then Amoxicillin will not do anything. Find the cause of the cough and treat, don't just treat the symptom. ...Read more

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Should I continue taking amoxil (amoxicillin) for my cough?

Should I continue taking amoxil (amoxicillin) for my cough?

Yes., .: If you were prescribed this antibiotic by your doctor for your cough, then you need to finish the prescription to reduce the risk of developing resistance. You were prescribed the antibiotic probably for acute bacterial bronchitis so you need to finish the antibiotic course as prescribed. ...Read more

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I have bad cough in my 18 week pregnancy, I'm taking amoxicillin 500 mg, n ketotifen1 mg is it danger for baby?

I have bad cough in my 18 week pregnancy, I'm taking amoxicillin 500 mg, n ketotifen1 mg is it danger for baby?

Category C: Especially if the medication in a topical/local form, it is relatively safe (e.g. risks to the baby are minimal; but not zero). ...Read more

Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


Dr. Philip Miller
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Amoxil (Definition)

Amoxil is a third generation penicillin which is a kind of penincillin type drug (anti-bacterial ...Read more