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Coughs and Colds
Your most likely diagnosis is acute viral bronchitis. Antibiotic prescriptions are not recommended for acute bronchitis.
It sounds like you are very uncomfortable from your cough, despite over-the-counter medicines.
It may be worthwhile for you to visit with your doctor to discuss medications for cough that are available only by prescription. These medicines include inhalers (such as albuterol), cough syrups that contain a narcotic, or the swallowed anesthetic medicine benzonatate (Tessalon, Tessalon Perles).
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