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

Im 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

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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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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

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