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Have chest infection. Taking Augmentin 500. Both lungs still inflamed. Remedy?

hi i ve been diagnosed by chest infection been for 10 days on augmentin 500 twice a day got an chest xray still the base of both lungs are inflammated. left with dry cough as it was for 6 weeks before i got green phlegm from nose and throat and the infection started. should i take more antibiotics? and where does that cough come from?
Asked On : Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012
Hello Loritz,

Thanks for posting on HCM,

First I feel that your antibiotics was lowly dosed: augmentin 500mg twice daily for pneumonia makes 1g daily which is small for adult dosage and it could be stepped up to 2-4 grams daily. I suggest you first discuss with your treating health care practitioner and then let he/she be the one to decide whether to increase or not. I personally feel the dosage should be increased to at least 3grams i.e 2 tablets twice daily for 7 days. Also another alternative that your antibiotics should be changed since augmentin has already been indicated and they might be a possible resistance to that already.
The cough is irritation of your respiratory tract due to the presence of an infection. Ones the infection is treated the cough will go.

Hope this helps
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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