British Lung Foundation

Bad chest infection lasting over a month

Hi I have been diagnosed with asthma over copd

recently I have had a bad chest infection I have been put on Prednisone for 10 days 40mgs and antibiotics Erythromycin 250mgs 2x times daily total of 56tabs

But I still am trying to cough up mucus but I am having difficulty

I am well into the last days of meds and sound like a crackling machine

I am 68

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I think you should go back to GP as it sound like the infection is still there, it could take up to two lots. Get well quick.xx


Cheers was thinking the same 😃


Carbocisteine can help thin the mucus and it often takes two lots of antibiotics to clear an infection so you probably need to see your GP again.


What is Carbocisteine I am not familiar with this tks 😃


It is frequently prescribed for people with chest infections because it works to thin the mucus and so makes it easier to expel. Here is the patient leaflet:

Please ask your doctor if it would be something you could try.


..Oh dear, I have something similar to what you describe Collonlane - mine has been described as " COPD WITH AN ASTHMA OVERLAP " , Ime now permanently on one steroid 10mg every day , the mucus drives me nuts ! - from what you say, I am the opposite, - can't seem to stop bringing the dam stuff up ! ... drives me nuts - seems to build up during the night and then in the morning , the " Niagara " torrent begins ! , have you tried " Carbocisteine " ? - they certainly work to loosen the stuff up and make it easier to bring up , , I now have to carry a little plastic box to collect the gunge when i'me out - it was costing me fortune in paper hankies to collect the stuff !, - when I get home , just wash it out ready for the next " Refill " ! ... it seems we're all different with this dam disease - try not to " Suffer"

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Thanks for the reply must have a word with the Doc

Have a great weekend 😃



Join the club..,something nasty is going about and you and l have got it !!

Two different courses of ABs and a course of are steroids and l still feel rough !!

Fed up with it now 🤒🤒

Hope you feel better soon 🌷



Thanks Velvet 55 same to you have a great weekend 😀


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