What antibiotics are used to treat bronchitis?
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 31, 2023.
Antibiotics are not typically used to treat acute bronchitis, which is caused by a viral infection.
Bronchitis, with symptoms of a persistent cough with or without mucus, may last for 2 to 3 weeks, so symptomatic treatment may be needed.
Drinking extra fluids like water, taking mild pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and use of a humidifier may be helpful. Cough suppressants may prevent movement of mucus out of your lungs, so check with your doctor about the use of a cough medication.
If you develop a fever or have a cough that does not improve after 10 days, cough up blood, or have wheezing or chest pain when you cough, contact your health care provider for further evaluation.
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