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Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD Message Board

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Question - are you still coughing relentlessly? Did you stop coughing while on antibiotic therapy? Do you have any proof of a pneumonia - lung x-ray, etc?

If it isn't pneumonia, I think it may be LPR, laryngopharyngeal reflux. This is a form of acid reflux that leads to extremely excruciating, nightmarish symptoms, including chornic relentless cough. Since it's a result of acid escaping a faulty spincter muscle, no antibiotic can treat it. But anti-reflux medications can.

The standard regimen for treating LPR is 2 doses a day of a maxium-strength Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). For instance, I take 2 doses of Nexium, 40 mg a day, for a total of 80 mg.

You can also take Prevacid, Aciphex or Prilosec. Only use the prescription brands. Stay away from Prilosec OTC - which is not effective at all. It's too weak and not even manufactured by the makers of real prescription Prilosec.

Also visit the acid reflux board, post your symptoms, and see what others have to say. Finally, go research "laryngopharyngeal reflux" and "laryngeal pharyngeal reflux" and gather a little info that way.

My main symptom was a chronic, relentless cough for 6 months that was literally "driving me crazy". Not fun.

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