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What medications can treat a cough from bronchitis?

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If you have a dry cough and cough up little to no mucus, your doctor may prescribe a cough medicine to suppress your cough. He may also prescribe an expectorant to help loosen mucus so it can be more easily coughed up.

Because viruses cause most cases of bronchitis, antibiotics will not usually be useful or necessary. Exceptions would be bronchitis caused by a bacterial infection or bronchitis in a person who has impaired lung function.

From: When a Cold Becomes Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): "Chronic Cough: Causes and Cures." CDC: "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work."

CDC: "Revised Product Labels for Pediatric Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines" AAFP: "Acute Bronchitis
." WebMD: "Kids' Cold Medicines: New Guidelines."

Mayo Clinic: Diseases and Conditions: Bronchitis 

Harvard Medical School: "That Nagging Cough," Sept 2010

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 24, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): "Chronic Cough: Causes and Cures." CDC: "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work."

CDC: "Revised Product Labels for Pediatric Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines" AAFP: "Acute Bronchitis
." WebMD: "Kids' Cold Medicines: New Guidelines."

Mayo Clinic: Diseases and Conditions: Bronchitis 

Harvard Medical School: "That Nagging Cough," Sept 2010

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 24, 2018

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