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Severe cough and greenish sputum due to upper respiratory tract infection. Symptoms worse on taking ambrolites. Why?

I am Shilpa aged 29yrs. I had severe cough due to Upper respiratory tract infection . I was getting greenish sputum . On consulting the doctor, he prescribed me ambrolites expectorant- 3 times a day (2 tsp). On having the 1st dose of it, I experienced severe cough continuously. I couldnt sleep at all and was violently coughing. I stopped the syrup. What could be the reason.
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
Green mucus suggests upper respiratory tract infection is bacterial, however it can also be caused by allergy. Cough is a reflex in response of irritation to air way tract and body wants to get rid of irritating agent. Continuos cough dose not mean Ambrolite (bronchodialator and expectorant) is not working. you should continue your syrup and you may add levofloxacin antibiotic and cetirizine in your treatment after consulting your doctor.
You should drink large amount of water. Honey can soothe throat and suppress cough.
Hope it helps.
Take Care!
Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The job of an expectorant is to liquefy the sputum and facilitate expectoration!
Greenish sputum usually means infection and getting it out hastens clearing.

May be you are allergic to one of the constituents of the preparation.
Changing to a different preparation may help

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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