Whooping Cough (Pertussis) (cont.)
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Whooping Cough Treatment
Antibiotics are used to lessen the severity of whooping cough and make the person taking them noncontagious. Antibiotics are most effective if given early in the first phase of the illness.
The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy recommends the following antibiotic treatments: a five-day course of azithromycin, a seven-day course of clarithromycin, or a 14-day course of either erythromycin or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014
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