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Should one get a Zpack prescription to overcome cold, chest congestion, headache and fatigue?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jun 2021
Question: my family is going through a cold now. My daughter was prescribed a Zpack. I just got the same cold, chest congestion, head ache, fatigue. should I also get a Zpack prescription?
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No, unless you develop super added bacterial infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for your query.
Cold is a viral infection and normally an antibiotic like Zpack is not indicated . Your daughter would have been prescribed the antibiotic because she may be having a super added bacterial infection which sometimes occurs.
So you don't require to take Zpack unless you also develop a super added bacterial infection.
Do get back to me if you have further questions.
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Should one get a Zpack prescription to overcome cold, chest congestion, headache and fatigue?

Brief Answer: No, unless you develop super added bacterial infection Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks for your query. Cold is a viral infection and normally an antibiotic like Zpack is not indicated . Your daughter would have been prescribed the antibiotic because she may be having a super added bacterial infection which sometimes occurs. So you don't require to take Zpack unless you also develop a super added bacterial infection. Do get back to me if you have further questions.