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Doctor insights on: How Much Cephalexin Should I Take For An Upper Respiratory Infection

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Is keflex good for sinus infection and upper respiratory infection?

Is keflex good for sinus infection and upper respiratory infection?

Only: If it is a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections however, are viral and many people mistake a viral rhinnitis for sinusitis and take unnecessary antibiotics. Sounds like you may be considering taking left over keflex. Would recommend against that. Rather consult your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

An infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and otitis media. Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, bronchiolitis, tracheitis and pneumonia. These infections can be caused by a ...Read more


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If I taken Venlafaxine 150mg in the morning and I have been diagnose with an upper respiratory infection, is it okay to take nyquil at night?

If I taken Venlafaxine 150mg in the morning and I have been diagnose with an upper respiratory infection,  is it okay to take nyquil at night?

Medication effects: Your Health is Precious! Please do not use Nyquil with Venlafaxine. Nyquil has dextromethorphan in it. Taking Dextromethorphan with Venlafaxine can increase the risk serious Serotonin Syndrome-confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure. See Psychiatrist to discuss decreasing dose of Venlafaxine, Therapy, other medications-Lexapro or Wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

NONE: Assuming you have a virus, ignore all the noise from people trying to sell you things for this. Soup and other liquids may feel good in your throat. Nose spray can open your nose if severely stuffed. Antibiotics, vitamins, and herbs are all useless for this. Do not smoke. For severe cough there is albuteral inhaler. The less they know, the louder some people crow on this subject. ...Read more

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Upper respiratory infection...what medication s on supplements can take for that?

Upper respiratory infection...what medication s on supplements can take for that?

Keep well rested: If one truly has gotten a cold virus (not strep), it will have to run its course. Some people take extra vitamin C (may upset the stomach) and some take extra zinc (most lozenges have lots of sugar), but how much these things help is uncertain. Avoiding overexertion, such as not running a race, is wise. Anti-inflammatories like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help with symptoms. Adequate sleep helps too. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough that will not go away no matter what i take and it is really bothering me what should I do ? I had a upper respiratory infection 3 weeks ago all other parts of the infection went away but the cough i took some of the meds from the in

I have a bad cough that will not go away no matter what i take and it is really bothering me what should I do ? I had a upper respiratory infection 3 weeks ago 
all other parts of the infection went away but the cough 
i took some of the meds from the in

First, : First, stay away from cigarette smoke. Drink lots of water, to help keep the mucous moist so that it can be expelled (at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day).Consider using an expectorant to help break up the mucuous and get it out of your system. ...Read more

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How many days can we take doxicycline 100mg for upper respiratory infection? And would it be once or 2x a day? Thanks.

Depends: The treatment period and dosing for Doxycycline depends on the severity of the infection. For upper respiratory infections in adults the dosing is usually twice daily for seven days. ...Read more

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How many days are you supposed to take Augmentin for? Can you safely take it for only 5 days? (Used for mild upper respiratory infection)

How many days are you supposed to take Augmentin for? Can you safely take it for only 5 days? (Used for mild upper respiratory infection)

Follow Directions : Augmentin, an antibiotic is good for treating bacterial infections. A mild upper respiratory infection is most likely caused by a virus. Not only is the antibiotic not effective, but you may cause a situation which prevents doctors from prescribing Augmentin when you really need it in future. If it was prescribed for this infection, take the pills as directed. If not, stop after 3 days. ...Read more

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I can't remember if I took my daily Claritin (loratadine) (Loratadine 10mg). I'm also on Zpack for upper respiratory infection. Is it okay to take one?

I can't remember if I took my daily Claritin (loratadine) (Loratadine 10mg). I'm also on Zpack for upper respiratory infection. Is it okay to take one?

Depends: If you can wait that's best. If your symptoms are bad, and you are above average body size, and many hours from the next usual dose - it is probably okay. If you are small or can wait - do. You can take it a few hours early and slowly get back to normal time if you want. Drink some extra water and try to sleep. That will help the URI and you'll be less annoyed. Best! ...Read more

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I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

7-10 days: Most upper respiratory infections resolve in a week to 10 days. Things that will help are pushing fluids, rest, getting enough sleep and possibly extra vitamin C. If he is getting worse or not getting better in a week he should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Following completion of Z-Pack for upper respiratory infection, how long might I expect it to take for lung fluid (mucus, white/clear) to clear up?

Same as w/o Zpak: While I can't speak for your current illness, most upper respiratory infections (URIs) are caused by viruses which don't respond to antibiotics such as Zpaks. As such, you can expect to get well in the same time whether or not you take antibiotics. We typically recommend avoiding antibiotics for URIs b/c that just sets you up for antibiotic resistance (won't work in future). ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get rid of upper respiratory infection if treating with steroids z pac and nasal spray?

Respiratory infectio: The infection may take 5 to 7 days but the congestion and the inflammation may last longer depending on the body's immune system. ...Read more

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What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

It depends: On how long you have had it and how serious it is. If minor symptoms, consider reading the link below for some advice. http://summaries.cochrane.org/search/site/cold if productive cough, fever, etc, see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you get an upper respiratory infection from a puppy?

Can you get an upper respiratory infection from a puppy?

No: This is not likely. Occassionally animal borne diseases can affect humans. Respiratory infections in dogs/cats are not spread to humans. ...Read more

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Can an upper respiratory infection trigger my IBS?

Can an upper respiratory infection trigger my IBS?

IBS: How do you know you have IBS? Certain diagnostic criteria must be met in order to diagnose IBS. These are called the Rome criteria. Look them up. IBS is the most commonly diagnosed GI condition for the same reasons that depression, bipolar disorder, and fibromyalgia are over-diagnosed. When a doctor is being lazy or doesn't have a clue, he still labels you with something, so he can get paid. ...Read more

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Why do we get steroid shot for an upper respiratory infection?

Why do we get steroid shot for an upper respiratory infection?

Not for uri: Steroid shot are usually given by m d in case severe asthma attack or laringitis or severe allergic reactions... ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more