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I've had flu like symptoms including a horrible cough for over a week. I went to the doctor two days ago, who said it's possibly bronchitis and gave me promethazine-dm oral for the cough as well as an antibiotic, but nothing has changed in 48 hours. Is there a better cough syrup I can take? The cough is relentless and exhausting!

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?

The cough started 9 days ago, but got better for a few days, then way worse. I also have had a fever off and on, though now it is normal. Also congestion and upset stomach.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

Do you have any post nasal drip?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
If that means runny nose, yes I do.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hello, are you still there?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

That is probably the main source of the cough

I would use an antihistamine like claritin or zyrtec

that should dry it up and help the cough

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I was prescribed Promethazine-DM cough syrup, but it doesn't help at all. Should I switch to Tylenol Nighttime Cold and Flu?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Are my upset stomach and diarrhea likely symptoms of bronchitis, which is what the doctor I saw suspected? Or do I have the flu as well?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

That is probably from the antibiotic

Yes, you can change to tylenol cold and flu

and get some of that anti histamine I suggested

I'm sorry you are suffering so bad!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My upset stomach was present even before i started the antibiotic, though. Do the ingredients in Tylenol Cold/Flu work better than the Promethazine?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

Oh ok. Then you probably do have the flu as well
At least a stomach flu

It doesn't necessarily work better. Just different.

But if you aren't getting any help from the promethazine it is reasonable to change

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