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Having acute bronchitis. On cough suppressant with expectorant. How long to take medication?

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I have an acute case of bronchitis for about 10 days...chest x XXXXXXX shows bronchitis, initially said to be viral although Antibiotic started 3 or 4 days ago along with prednisone about 3 days ago. Using Cough suppresent with expectorant...some better, but not well and still coughing up some yellow phlegm with difficulty. How long should this last?? Anything I can do to stop coughing spells laying down at night? Thanks
Posted Thu, 28 Nov 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Gyanshankar Mishra 4 hours later
Brief Answer: should subside in 2 weeks Detailed Answer: Hi, Hi, Thanks for posting the query on XXXXXXX After going through your query, I would like to comment the following: 1. A c/o acute bronchitis usually requires a 2 weeks course of antibiotics. 2. Suppresant and expectorant should not be taken together as both have opposing actions. 3. If you are requiring a course of steroids, that means that there may have been some airway hyper responsiveness.If possible get a PFT (Pulmonary function test done). You may require short course of inhalers for control of cough. 4. If there is associated cold, antihistaminics and nasal spray may be required. Sometimes , associated cold is responsible for increased cough in lying down position. 5. Please get yourself clinically evaluated by aPulmonologist in detail. I hope I have answered your query. I will be glad to answer follow up queries if any. Please accept my answer if you have no follow up queries. Regards Dr. Gyanshankar Mishra MBBS MD DNB Consultant Pulmonologist
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