Cold And Cough Medication


My son is 5 months old weighting 5 Kg. He is suffering from a cough and cold and he was given Ofloxacin suspension (Brand Name: NEOF) and no improvement after 4 days also. Is it a better medicine for cough and cold? Please advise me on the issue.

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Ofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics known as Quinolone Antibiotics. These antibiotics have been banned in the United States for children for their potential to cause tendon, cartilage, joint and muscle problems and the FDA found that these problems were too risky to give this drug to growing children.

It would be prudent to ask your doctor for an alternative antibiotic to any of the Quinolones, as it is simply too risky to give them to children.

In addition, this is an antibiotic, and antibiotics are only useful for bacterial infections. Since a cold is caused by a virus and not a bacteria, this drug would be useless for him. You should go back to your doctor and ask him for something.

Kerri Knox, RN
San Francisco, CA, United States

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Has a cough and cold med ever been recommended for kids under two? My doctor is saying it used to be recommended and is using that as a reason to titrate a dose now.

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My 2-month-old baby is suffering from a cough. I've taken her to the hospital and she was given ampiflux, piriton and vitamin C, and she still coughs the same way. What should I do?

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