Active Ingredients: Amoxicillin
I rely on him and the wonderful BLF helpline. What is more, patients taking antibiotics reported significantly more side effects including nausea, rash, and diarrhea, than those given placebo 28..
Professor Little adds: "Our results show that most people get better on their own. But, given that a small number of patients will benefit from antibiotics the challenge remains to identify these individuals.
Guidance from measurements of specific blood biomarkers of bacterial infection might help to identify the few individuals who will benefit from antibiotics despite the apparent absence of pneumonia and avoid the toxic effects and costs of those drugs and the development of resistance in the other patients.
Obviously, if I notice anything different I would let them know. I've left the sample pot in the bathroom now, to try and remind me next time.
I tend to keep doxycycline in and that works for me. I had a problem in that I took amox for a week and then always needed another ab, whereas with others I only need the one course.
I used Amoxicillin for 5 days before when the GP did not know what I had wrong with me, that's standard form GP's as Amoxicillin is a broad spectrum drug but not specific to chest infections.
If you can make a test then I think that's a good thing before taking the drugs, but if like me you cant then that's the reason I have clarithromycin for 14 days and no less of a course.
The participants were randomly assigned to be prescribed either amoxicillin or a placebo, to be taken three times a day for seven days. When they analyzed this data, the researchers found there was little difference in how severe the symptoms were or how long they lasted for, between the amoxicillin and placebo groups.
Even in those aged 60 and over with no other illnesses, antibiotics seemed to offer little benefit over placebo.
The patients were age 18 or older and hailed from 12 European countries. All had had a cough for less than 28 days and were not suspected of having pneumonia.
Doctors assessed everyone's symptoms at the start of the study and study participants kept a daily diary, recording symptoms such as the severity of their cough, the presence of phlegm, shortness of breath, wheezing, a blocked or runny nose, chest pain, muscle aches, headaches, disturbed sleep and fever.
They also rated each symptom, using a scale that ranged from "no problem" to "as bad as it could be. At the end of the week, the researchers found very little difference in the severity or duration of symptoms between the two groups.
Even among people 60 and older, who were in otherwise good health, the antibiotics had minimal effect. Symptoms rated "moderately bad" or "worse" lasted a median of six days in the group that took the amoxicillin and seven days in the group that took the placebo.
British researchers treated 1,038 patients who had also had a lower respiratory tract infection were treated with a placebo for the same period.
A second group of 1,023 patients who an acute lower respiratory tract infection with amoxicillin three times per day for seven days.