What is Upper Respiratory Infection?

Upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses or bacteria. They occur in the nose, sinuses, and throat. Symptoms include sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, runny nose, and headache.

Treatment for upper respiratory infection includes taking medication, resting, and staying hydrated. Common drug classes used for treatment are mucolytics, penicillin antibiotics, quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline antibiotics, macrolide antibiotics, lincosamide antibiotics, cephalosporin antibiotics, and RNA synthetase inhibitor antibiotics.

Savings Tips for Upper Respiratory Infection

  • Why Do My Ears Feel Plugged?

    July 27, 2016

    Do your ears feel like they’re under water, or plugged? Often related to allergies or upper respiratory infection, eustachian tube dysfunction is a common cause of congested ears and brings many of you to the doctor. While you are waiting to get an appointment, there are some good non-prescription options you can start off with.

    So what’s happening, why and what can you do about it?

    Why do my ears feel like I’m under water?

    The eustachian tube runs from the middle ear, the air filled chamber, to the back of your nose. See More

  • 5 Important Things to Know About Your Kids’ Antibiotics

    July 11, 2014

    Having a sick child can leave you, the parent, feeling helpless. After spending your morning in the doctor’s office the last thing you need to worry about is your child’s prescription. Here are 5 key things to know when your child is prescribed an antibiotic:

    1.  Not all liquid medications have to taste bad

    All liquid medications already have a predetermined flavor from the manufacturer ranging anywhere from fruity strawberry to bitter mint. See More

  • Can I Get a Z-Pak With That?

    July 05, 2012

    “Can I get a Z-Pak?” is a question asked every day by our patients struggling with an upper respiratory infection. Trust me, I want to help you get better but that’s not always the way to do it.

    The “Z-Pak” (a five-day course of azithromycin) is often prescribed because of its ease of use and because there isn’t much known bacterial resistance to azithromycin. It is important to know that we are guilty of overprescribing and overusing these for infections that are often viral. See More

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Popular Upper Respiratory Infection Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Penicillin Antibiotics 9 See Prices
Macrolide Antibiotics 9 See Prices
Cephalosporin Antibiotics 12 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Upper Respiratory Infection Drug Classes

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