Antiobiotics or Over the counter?

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Registered: 07-10-2007
Antiobiotics or Over the counter?
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 6:01pm

Sorry, I've been struggling with this awful cold or whatever for 3 weeks now!

 BabyFetus Ticker
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Registered: 12-14-2008
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 7:54pm

i don't know but i have taken both otc meds (was told mucinex was fine for me too) and z-pac (antibiotics). pregnant .and everything's fine. You may need the antibiotics now and otc for symptoms. Hope you get the meds you need!

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 10:49pm
Well an antibiotic will only be helpful if there actually is a bacterial infection. It sounds like there may very well be a secondary bacterial infection, but it's not like OTC vs antibiotics is really a comparable question. OTC treats symptoms. Period. Antibiotics will treat an infection, which will improve symptoms. But if you have a stubborn virus (which do exist ...) taking antibiotics won't be helpful at all.

If you know you have an infection (or have a doctor highly suspect a bacterial infection) there are plenty of category B antibiotics ... so If you really suspect bacterial infection, I'd tend to lean toward antibiotics. But the cough can be the final stages of a virus as well. A good doc will want to know more about your cough and mucus (color, thickness, etc.). And also, they'll want to know if you're running a low-grade fever. Even a very low fever can indicate bacterial infection, so you might check ... if you have one, they'll be more likely to prescribe antibiotics.

Good luck and hope you feel better.
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Registered: 07-16-2009
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 12:18am

As someone else mentioned, antibiotics only help if there is bacteria.