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Cold, cough, runny nose. Taking droxyl. Suggest some medicines?

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am affected with cold and cough for one week. currently i am having droxyl 500mg tablet. but am not fully recovered. still i have cold and running nose. Could you please suggest some medicine?.

Posted Wed, 11 Jul 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 21 minutes later


Thanks for the query

You seem to be suffering from upper respiratory tract infection.

Tab Droxyl 500mg (Cefadroxil) is a first generation cephalosporin which alone will not be sufficient to take care of the infection. The complete course of antibiotic is for 7-10 days, depending upon the severity of the infection.

Apart from this, you need use saline nasal spray 3-4 times a day, followed by steam inhalation. This helps in reducing the nasal congestion and cough. If there is watery discharge from the nose you will require pseudoephedrine and if thick discharge is noticed a mucolytic such as bromhexine or ambroxol is required.

Drink plenty of warm water; avoid smoking/chilled beverages/coffee.

Hope I have answered your query; I will be available for the follow-up queries.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Follow-up: Cold, cough, runny nose. Taking droxyl. Suggest some medicines? 25 minutes later
Can i drink T(with milk or without milk) or black coffee?. Could you please suggest some tab or syrup? because still date i never used nasal spray. What is your suggestion for cough? i hope you understand.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 14 hours later

Thanks for writing back

You can definitely take tea but not coffee, as it increases the viscosity of the nasal secretions and worsen your cough.

Cough in your case could be due to the post nasal drip, which causes irritation of the throat. Please use the medications and follow as mentioned in my previous response, you will be alright soon.

Saline (hypertonic salt water) nasal spray is a harmless spray, which can be used at least 3-4 times a day. It helps in relieving the nasal congestion and clearing of the mucus, thus reducing the cough.

Hope this answers your query.

Wish you good health.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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