Medical Q&As

Antibiotics twice - still no better?

I have just finished my second course of antibiotics for a chest infection. However I still have the infection and I also have a dreadful case of cystitis. Is there any medicine available over the counter for this condition, as I do not want to go on antibiotics again?

You really need to go back and see your GP again for re-assessment. You still have symptoms of chest infection and in addition you now have symptoms of cystitis. I donít think that any responsible pharmacist would be happy to provide an OTC remedy given your recent history. I sympathise with your reluctance to take a further course of treatment with antibiotics. However, rather than receiving further treatment it might be better to have a chest x-ray or a sputum analysis in order to establish the reasons why your infection has not resolved. I suggest that you revisit your GP and discuss these options.