Can over-the-counter medications treat chronic bronchitis?

The most recommended medications used to treat chronic bronchitis are prescription medications - particularly bronchodilator medications and corticosteroids. You can, however, take over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen to help with the pain of your condition, or fever-reducing medications like ibuprofen if you develop a high temperature. It is not recommended that people with chronic bronchitis take over-the-counter cough-suppressing medications, however, as they do not usually treat the condition effectively.

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Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis symptoms include mucus, cough, wheezing and inflammation or irritation of the lining of bronchial tubes. You may also have chills and fever with chronic bronchitis. Smoking is a common cause, but not the only ca...

use. Air pollution may also be a cause. When bronchitis symptoms last a long time, the condition is serious. Antibiotics, inhalers, and cough medicines are all used to help treat chronic bronchitis. Sometimes a course of respiratory therapy is also used.
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