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I finished my z-pack for bronchitis, but i'm still having problems. Is this normal?

I finished my z-pack for bronchitis, but i'm still having problems. Is this normal?

Possibly...: Sometimes, after acute bronchitis has healed, the airways remain inflamed and this produces bronchospasm so the cough continues. If your doctor diagnoses this, you can be placed on a bronchodilator and a steroid inhaler until the residual cough completely resolves. So, see you doctor for a follow-up visit. If you smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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Am on z pack for bronchitis. When i turn over to left side in bed, my cough gets much worse. Why?

Am on z pack for bronchitis.   When i turn over to left side in bed, my cough gets much worse.  Why?

Pressure on the lung: It is possible that you have more than bronchitis, such pneumonia on the left side. When laying on bed, the bed is exerting pressure on the chest wall and thus pressure on the lung tissue as well. If the areas is inflammed, it is senstive and thus may worsen your cough. Since you are being treated, just take it easy for few days--lay on back or inclined in couch may help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Taking Z pack for bronchitis, I've taken it years ago fine but now I'm hesitant because of the side effects. I'm a healthy girl.What's the chances?

Chances of what?: what side effects are you worried about? And are those side effects worse than the complications of an untreated infection? ...Read more

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I was given methylprednisolone and z-pack for bronchitis with asthma today. I cannot sleep. Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep?

Yes: Most probably your insomnia is due to the methylprednisolone, so take it in the morning. Try to space Azithromycin, take it at night, and the methylprednisolone in the am, as they may interact, all the best ...Read more

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Ear ache, head ache, loss of hearing, dizziness, diareah, blurry vision, fatigue? Just got off z-pack for bronchitis?

Ear ache, head ache, loss of hearing, dizziness, diareah, blurry vision, fatigue? Just got off z-pack for bronchitis?

Z-pack didn't work!: Sounds like you may have a viral infection (which would not respond to an antibiotic). What were your symptoms when this all started? Have those symptoms resolved and these are new? Or did you just not get better? Diarrhea could be from the z-pack. The rest is consistent with viral upper respiratory infection. Go to your doctor or urgent care for recheck. ...Read more

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Just finished the full course of my Z pack.. Still coughing repeatedly.. Was diagnosed with bronchitis?

Just finished the full course of my Z pack.. Still coughing repeatedly..  Was diagnosed with bronchitis?

Cough duration: Studies show that antibiotics do not improve cough severity or duration in uncomplicated bronchitis. The cough typically last 1-3 weeks. Some studies showed inhaled beta agonist therapy decreased cough severity/ duration in some bronchitis patients.Don't forget that there are antitussive medications that treat the cough reflex. Have you tried those? Cough suppressants are a good idea for you. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and i'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! when will it get better?

I have bronchitis and i'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! when will it get better?

It varies: Cough can linger after the causative infection is gone, so the answer to your question is that it can last for a few days or even a few weeks. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis been on z pack for 3 days am i still contagious? still have a little cough not bad though. Supposed to watch my 1 mo old grandson

I have bronchitis been on z pack for 3 days am i still contagious? still have a little cough not bad though. Supposed to watch my 1 mo old grandson

Bronchitis: you should be okay to watch your grandson as long as you practice good hygiene. This means washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer after coughing. No kissing on the baby, sorry Grandma. ...Read more

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Z Pak (Definition)

Z-Pak is a macrolide which is a kind of anti-bacterial ...Read more