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After 5 days amoxicillin cough still frequent and debilitating?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Amox not working

Reasons Amoxicillin (am) not working (1) not enough: some bacteria are relatively resistant to am & need higher dose (2) wrong antibiotic: am not effective against most respiratory bacteria (3) not bacterial: viral infections, mycoplasma & chlamydia infections not killed by am (4) post-infectious like whooping cough (5) not an infection - asthma or tumor. But why ask us? Go back to or call your md.

In brief: Amox not working

Reasons Amoxicillin (am) not working (1) not enough: some bacteria are relatively resistant to am & need higher dose (2) wrong antibiotic: am not effective against most respiratory bacteria (3) not bacterial: viral infections, mycoplasma & chlamydia infections not killed by am (4) post-infectious like whooping cough (5) not an infection - asthma or tumor. But why ask us? Go back to or call your md.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Persistent cough

For cough that persists after treatment of simple bronchitis, the most common cause is "asthmatic bronchitis" where the inflammation causes bronchospasm and wheezing.
The use of an inhaled bronchodilator like albuterol will help. The other potential cause is the possibility of pertussis (whooping) cough with spasms of cough bad enough to make you feel like you're about to pass out.

In brief: Persistent cough

For cough that persists after treatment of simple bronchitis, the most common cause is "asthmatic bronchitis" where the inflammation causes bronchospasm and wheezing.
The use of an inhaled bronchodilator like albuterol will help. The other potential cause is the possibility of pertussis (whooping) cough with spasms of cough bad enough to make you feel like you're about to pass out.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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