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My son commenced a cold like illness several weeks ago, his

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My son commenced a cold like illness several weeks ago, his cough has become pesistant it is harsh and takes his breath away, consulted his GP who prescribed 5 days Amoxicillin.
Cough still pesists, he says he does not feel poorly but worries that his cough is taking his breath away.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. Did the GP take any cultures or get a chest x-ray? Is your son 44?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My son is 44 years old. GP DID NOT TAKE CULTURES

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Ann. Any wheezing and if the cough is productive of any phlegm is that clear or colored?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

no wheezing, no sputum harsh dry cough that takes his breath and he becomes anxious about this

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Ann. In that case he needs to see the doctor right away or at least get in touch with him. I'd get a chest x-ray to look for pneumonia and, quite frankly, amoxicillin is not a very effective antibiotic for bronchitis or pneumonia--I usually prescribe either a ZPak or Levaquin
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