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Is Ampicillin an appropriate antibiotic while having a bad cold along with a cough and runny nose?

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Dr. Noble Zachariah

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :1974

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Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 in General Health
Question: I have had what appears as a strong cold for over a week....coughing (not violent) runny nose which has finally moved to significantly less runny. Doctor in Puerto Vallarta , Mx prescribed Ampicillin (500MG) 2 capsules every 6 hours for the first 24 hrs then one every 6 hours for 10 days as a precaution. It is the first cold I have had in years and the worst one. My age is 82, no medication ,
blood pressure 120/60 and perfectly healthy

Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah 45 minutes later
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Detailed Answer:


Welcome and thanks for your query.

Cold is due viral infection and antibiotics do not have any effect on the virus.

However, sometimes bacterial infection follows in which case the sputum and nasal discharge would turn yellow or green. You may also have a fever.

If so an antibiotic is required and Ampicillin is a fair antibiotic.

I hope it helps!

Take care.

Dr. Noble Zachariah, Internal Medicine Specialist

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