Skip to main content

What antibiotics are used to treat bronchitis?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on March 31, 2023.

Official answer


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.

Related medical questions

Drug information

Related support groups