The antibiotic amoxicillin was not better than placebo in relieving symptoms or duration of cough, according to a study published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Patients who took amoxicillin were also more likely to report nausea, rash and other side effects than those who received placebo. "The main message here is that antibiotics are usually not necessary for respiratory infections, if pneumonia is not suspected," said Dr. Philipp Schuetz, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study.

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