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Medications for Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a type of infection that affects your lungs. It causes inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes - these are the tubes that carry air from your trachea (windpipe) into your lungs. Bronchitis is most often caused by viruses, usually the same ones that cause a cold or the flu, although sometimes bacteria are to blame.

Drugs used to treat Bronchitis

The medications listed below are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Mucinex 5.9 53 reviews for Mucinex to treat Bronchitis
Rx/OTC C N
Generic name:
guaifenesin systemic
Drug class:
expectorants
For consumers:
dosage, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
azithromycin 6.2 190 reviews for azithromycin to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
azithromycin systemic
Brand names:
Azithromycin Dose Pack, Zithromax
Drug class:
macrolides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
doxycycline 5.1 50 reviews for doxycycline to treat Bronchitis
Rx D N X
Generic name:
doxycycline systemic
Brand names:
Doxy 100, Vibramycin, Doryx, Doryx MPC, Monodox, Oraxyl
Drug class:
tetracyclines, miscellaneous antimalarials
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Azithromycin Dose Pack 5.9 17 reviews for Azithromycin Dose Pack to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
azithromycin systemic
Drug class:
macrolides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
guaifenesin 6.7 77 reviews for guaifenesin to treat Bronchitis
Rx/OTC C N
Generic name:
guaifenesin systemic
Brand names:
Mucinex, Mucinex Maximum Strength, Robafen, Altarussin, Guaifenex G, Tussin Expectorant, Amibid LA, Bidex-400, Diabetic Tussin Chest Congestion, Drituss G, Fenesin IR, Guaifenex LA, Guiatuss, Hytuss, Mucinex for Kids, Scot-Tussin Expectorant, Xpect
Drug class:
expectorants
For consumers:
dosage, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
amoxicillin 5.8 15 reviews for amoxicillin to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin systemic
Brand name:
Amoxil
Drug class:
aminopenicillins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Augmentin 6.5 33 reviews for Augmentin to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
levofloxacin 5.5 120 reviews for levofloxacin to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
levofloxacin systemic
Brand name:
Levaquin
Drug class:
quinolones and fluoroquinolones
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Levaquin 5.4 74 reviews for Levaquin to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
levofloxacin systemic
Drug class:
quinolones and fluoroquinolones
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
amoxicillin / clavulanate 6.6 56 reviews for amoxicillin / clavulanate to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic
Brand names:
Augmentin, Augmentin XR, Amoclan
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Zithromax 5.9 40 reviews for Zithromax to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
azithromycin systemic
Drug class:
macrolides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
cefdinir 4.5 43 reviews for cefdinir to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
cefdinir systemic
Drug class:
third generation cephalosporins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
clarithromycin 5.3 142 reviews for clarithromycin to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
clarithromycin systemic
Brand name:
Biaxin XL
Drug class:
macrolides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
ciprofloxacin 5.7 24 reviews for ciprofloxacin to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
ciprofloxacin systemic
Brand names:
Cipro, Cipro I.V., Cipro XR
Drug class:
quinolones and fluoroquinolones
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Amoxil 1.0 1 review for Amoxil to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin systemic
Drug class:
aminopenicillins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Avelox 6.5 29 reviews for Avelox to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
moxifloxacin systemic
Drug class:
quinolones and fluoroquinolones
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
cefuroxime 6.1 12 reviews for cefuroxime to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
cefuroxime systemic
Brand names:
Ceftin, Zinacef
Drug class:
second generation cephalosporins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Cipro 5.5 11 reviews for Cipro to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
ciprofloxacin systemic
Drug class:
quinolones and fluoroquinolones
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Bactrim 5.7 6 reviews for Bactrim to treat Bronchitis
Rx D N X
Generic name:
sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic
Drug class:
sulfonamides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
erythromycin 7.5 4 reviews for erythromycin to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N X
Generic name:
erythromycin systemic
Brand names:
E.E.S. Granules, Ery-Tab, Eryc, EryPed, Erythrocin, Erythrocin Lactobionate, PCE Dispertab
Drug class:
macrolides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim 6.9 15 reviews for sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim to treat Bronchitis
Rx D N X
Generic name:
sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic
Brand names:
Bactrim, Septra DS, Septra, Co-trimoxazole, Sulfatrim Pediatric
Drug class:
sulfonamides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Ceftin 6.0 2 reviews for Ceftin to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
cefuroxime systemic
Drug class:
second generation cephalosporins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
ceftriaxone 6.3 3 reviews for ceftriaxone to treat Bronchitis
Rx B N
Generic name:
ceftriaxone systemic
Drug class:
third generation cephalosporins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Doxy 100 1.0 1 review for Doxy 100 to treat Bronchitis
Rx D N X
Generic name:
doxycycline systemic
Drug class:
tetracyclines, miscellaneous antimalarials
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
beclomethasone 7.3 3 reviews for beclomethasone to treat Bronchitis
Rx C N
Generic name:
beclomethasone systemic
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph

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Alternative treatments for Bronchitis

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Bronchitis. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However, there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Bronchitis.

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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