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Will Flucloxacillin Help A Cough
Not likely: Most strains of MRSA are resistant to all macrolide antibiotics like azithromycin. Mrsa is usually sensitive to vancomycin, Linezolid , septra/bactrim, doxycycline/tetracyclines, clindamycin, daptomycin, synercid, (quinpristin and dalfopristin) ceftaroline, rifampin(only used in combination with another MRSA antibiotic). Mrsa would be resistant to other antibiotics in current use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Helps: Appropriate antibiotics will help localize an infection. Hot salt water soaks will also help it come to a head. ...Read more
Do i need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.
Not really: Well, looks like you've got the albuterol in case you need it. Keep in mind that sometimes the body's response to inflammed airways is a cough, so albuterol may help that as well. Sterile saline is available at any corner drug store, wal-mart, target, etc. In fact, many wound washes you find in the first-aid section are just sterile saline. Just read the bottle. Good luck, and see your doctor! ...Read more
Can you give some advice on how to treat bronchitis or a cold when your coughing up phlegms? For an adult and toddler, any advice?
Can a triple antibiotic ointment help a staph infection? Will it help with the pain? Wat can I do to take some of the soreness out of it?
Chest congestion with cough. Week's dose of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and vasican didn't help. Been a month, able to breathe better but phlgem persists. Possibilities?
Cough: Could've been viral to begin with and this is now just a post-viral cough. If it was pneumonia, sometimes the cough can last for weeks afterward. It may be a new process - infection has cleared, but you got a new viral illness. Lots of possibilities. It's reassuring if there's no fever and breathing has improved. ...Read more
If ur Dr. says so: Cough and fever aren't, by themselves, indications for antibiotics. If you have a diagnosis of pneumonia, bacterial bronchitis, sinusitis with post nasal drip causing cough then perhaps. Routinely taking antibiotics for upper respiratory symptoms is one of the reasons why antibiotics are no longer working (bacterial resistance, see http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/antibiotic_resistance ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am having cough and runny nose. Can I take a syrup with a formula, Levocetrizine & Ambroxol Hcl. Will it be helpful for cough ?
Will amoxicillin work for an upper respiratory infection? Persistent cough over a week now with clear phlegm and wheezing. Take pro-air as needed.
Probably not: Antibiotics are to treat bacterial infections and do nothing for allergies or viruses If you are wheezing you should take the proair q 4 hours and see your doctor as you may need an ancillary agent such as an inhaled steroid to calm down the chest inflammation Also some forms of chest infection are not associated with fever so close f/u with your doctor is essential ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more
What are some good OTC medicines or tips for a cold/sore throat before it progresses to bronchitis?
I'm taking a cold and flu medication that contains phenylephrine but I also want to take a Nytol to help me sleep. Is this ok?
Not helpful: Antibiotics are primarily for bacterial infections. A cold is typically viral. However, you can get a secondary infection like sinusitis or bronchitis in which antibiotics would be helpful. This usually occurs after prolonged cold symptoms, congestion or other complications and is characterized by fever, sinus pain, green/yellow discharge and lack of resolution of symptoms. ...Read more
Desperate for pain relief but allergic to most painkillers. is a week-long steroid pk OK, or will it make it impossible to fight my sore throat?
Describe reactions: Few people are truly allergic to painkillers although intolerance is not uncommon. Steroid should not be used for a sore throat. Need to know what the cause of the sore throat is before one can treat it. However local oral anesthetic lozenges may be helpful for an acute problem. ...Read more
What can I possibly take from any pharmacy that is not expensive, that will help me get rid of stuffy nose, fever, and sore throat, and how to avoid.?
OTC: Most combination otc meds (like theraflu) can be quite effective. If you are not sure which is right and if you ask nicely, the pharmacist can often point you to the right type. ...Read more
Can ventolin syrup be given to baby with a bad cough and phlemy chest there is no asthma will it help him to bring up his mucus?
Would not recommend: Cough and cold medicines have been shown to be not be effective for babies or toddlers and can sometime cause side effects. Saline nose spray can help relieve nasal congestion and humification can also be sometimes be useful. If any signs of difficulty breathing or feeding, the child needs to be seen by a health care provider. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Definitely not: Flucloxacillin is an antibiotic, which can only help a bacterial infection. Most coughs are not due to bacteria; even when they are, it would take several days to help the cough. Nobody should ever take any antibiotic without a doctor's evaluation and prescription. Contact your GP about further evaluation of your cough and perhaps a propoer cough suppressant. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Questionable: There is significant variability in the results from research on the impact of zinc on the common cold. Some studies showed no effect and others showed benefit if taken the first day of symptom onset. Do not take zinc intranasally due to the potential for loss of sense of smell. ...Read more
Cough: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more
Is antibiotics the first line of cough treatment for an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, and blood clot in leg?
One of many: To treat exacerbation of copd, yes, but often along with other medications such as atrovent (ipratropium) inhaler, etc. All the other problems require their own treatments. I assume this person is under treatment by a physician for these problems? If not, seek one out immediately. ...Read more
Treat infections: Flucloxacillin is available in europe, it is very similar to Dicloxacillin used in the usa. Both of these drugs are penicillinase-resistant penicillins that can be used to treat bacterial infections due to streptococcus sp. And methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus(mssa), they are not active against mrsa. ...Read more
Not so much: The antibiotic - unlike quinolones which you want to avoid heavy resistance training related to tendon issues. But depending on why you are taking this antibiotic, that may be the reason to avoid heavy exercise. Unfortunately, you didn't mention why you are taking this antibiotic. ...Read more
How long does flucloxacillin take to clear folliculitis? Been given 4 tablets a day for one week. 500mg
It may take: longer than a week, more like 2 weeks ...Read more
How long does flucloxacillin take to clear boils? 1 or 2 weeks? Been given 4 tablets of 500mg to take daily. Not sure for how long to take them
Well : Ask your doctor but anabiotic's for boils are usually given 7 to 10 days. But you really need specific advice from a physician for your case ...Read more
Rx flucloxacillin 500mg x1 four times a day, does it have to be spread over 24 hours (every 6 hours) or can it be less?
Stick to schedule: Most medications have a specific dosage schedule to ensure that you have the correct level of the medication in your blood stream to ensure the best efficacy. While you don't have to be exact on the dosage times, it is important to stay within an hour or less of the time you should be taking the medication. ...Read more
I've been prescribed flucloxacillin 500mg 4 times a day for a week -. I have been taking them every 4-6 hours, are those timings okay?
Yes: This can work to help you avoid working at night time. ...Read more
Probably safe: This is a category b drug, meaning that no damage to the fetus has been reported, although there are no controlled studies. If your doctor feels it is needed it is highly likely to be harmless to the baby. ...Read more
Same class...: Your question creates another... why would you take these two together? Flucloxacillin and amoxicillin are in the same class of antibiotics. Assuming you have been prescribed both by your physician, simply ask what the rationale is for prescribing both - the physician who knows your medical history and reason for treatment is best able to answer this question. ...Read more
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