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Is Zithromax effective in the treatment of viral chest infection?

Hello, I have an uncontrollable cough that has been ongoing for several days. It produces gray yellow to brownish tinged sputum. I also have been running a fever off and on which fluctuates from 100.2 to 100.4, i have been treating that with acetaminophen and ibuprofen. I have also been using Robitussin and today I was given a prescription of Promethazine. I was told by a doctor at my local Immediate Care facility after listening to my lungs that it was a UPI caused by a virus and antibiotics would not help. My family doctor on the other hand called in a prescription for Zithromax. But that upon reading the information leaflet says it treats only bacterial infections. I am not sure if I should take this antibiotic or not and If I have a bacterial or viral infection.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
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Hi


Antibiotics do not work on viruses. We cannot advise nor prescribe without seeing someone and Zithromycin not only doesn't work on viruses it fails in 30% of staph and many other respiratory infections.

Take Care


Regards
Dr. Matt Wachsman,
Addiction Medicine Specialist
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Is Zithromax effective in the treatment of viral chest infection?

Hi Antibiotics do not work on viruses. We cannot advise nor prescribe without seeing someone and Zithromycin not only doesn t work on viruses it fails in 30% of staph and many other respiratory infections. Take Care Regards Dr. Matt Wachsman, Addiction Medicine Specialist