Q. How fast do antibiotics relieve asthmatic cough?

Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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Hi doctor,

My son is 11 years old. He weighs 22 kg. He has asthmatic type of cough problem.

The paediatrician usually gives him an antibiotic for 10-12 days and still if the cough persists he will extend the antibiotic for another 2-3 days. When the cough remains an issue, he gives Azithromycin 300 mg a day for six days. He says that antibiotics can be given for a month and in special conditions like TB it can be given for six months.

My question is, is there any side effect on continuous antibiotic usage for 15-20 days? He also prescribed Betnelan (Betamethasone) one tablet daily for 6-8 days. Is it fine to give?


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Dr. Anshul Varshney
M.B.B.S., M.D. MEDICINE
Critical Care Physician, Diabetology, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Gastroenterology,

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Antibiotics would help only in case of infection. Antibiotics have role in initial acute exacerbation else not. If he has fever, then we need to give antibiotics.
  • Bronchial asthma requires treatment with antihistaminic drugs and bronchodilator.
  • By giving Betnelan (Betamethasone) you are complicating the issues of your child.  Betamethasone is a steroid and we give steroids only in emergent situation.
  • The steroids are very harmful and would cause weight gain of your child and make him dependent.
  • Give him appropriate treatment under guidance of your doctor.

For further queries consult a paediatric allergy asthma specialist online -->  https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pediatric-allergy-asthma-specialist

 

Thank you doctor,

I will stop Betamethasone immediately. But some doctors give steroids in asthmatic case. One more query is, whether antibiotics have any bad effect in long-term use?

 

Dr. Anshul Varshney
M.B.B.S., M.D. MEDICINE
Critical Care Physician, Diabetology, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Gastroenterology,

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • No, you should not stop Betamethasone immediately. It should be gradually tapered and stopped.
  • You should make sure that antibiotics are not given unnecessarily as every medicine has its own side effects.

For further information consult a paediatric allergy asthma specialist online -->  https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pediatric-allergy-asthma-specialist

 
 
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