Common Antibiotic Doesn’t Help Coughs, Bronchitis

It’s the eighth most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S., with 52.3 million prescriptions written for it every year – many in winter for hacking coughs and suspected respiratory infections. But amoxicillin, and its inexpensive generic equivalents, has been so overprescribed for bronchitis, it’s apparently no longer effective, a new study finds. The study, published online this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found amoxicillin (part of the penicillin family) no more helpful than a placebo in treating lower-respiratory-tract-infection symptoms – …

Sinus Infection? Antibiotics Won’t Help

Pounding headache, congestion, runny nose, cough — all symptoms of a sinus infection. If you take an antibiotic, the infection will be over in seven days. Take over-the-counter medication and wait out the symptoms, and it will be over in a week. And that’s exactly what a new study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medication Association, has found. Antibiotics are no more effective at ending a simple sinus infection than just relieving the symptoms with nonprescription …