Most Respiratory Tract Infections are viral, do not require antibiotics, and will improve within a week on their own. Common treatments for the symptoms include paracetamol or ibuprofen, which help with any aches or pains and fever. You can seek further advice about cough and cold remedies from your pharmacist. Please note that symptoms of a viral cough may take up to three weeks to settle.
If however, you feel that your cough has settled on your chest or if your symptoms are worsening instead of improving, then you may wish to 'Start a Diagnosis' with i-GP or see your own GP.
Possible treatments we may prescribe if clinically appropriate:
- Amoxicillin 500mg three times daily: 5-day course (£0.82*)
- Doxycycline 100mg 2 immediately then one a day: 5-day course (£0.81*)
- Clarithromycin 500mg twice daily: 5-day course (£1.97*)
*Prices shown are cost price of the medication, taken from the British National Formulary 2018, and are given as a guideline. Pharmacies will add a dispensing fee to this which will vary considerably, so it is worthwhile phoning around to compare prices. The medication is paid for at your chosen pharmacy.
Please click on the medication above to read the Patient Information Leaflet for important information about each drug. We use national prescribing guidelines to select which treatment would be most appropriate for your condition.