I would inquire further about the patient’s drug history. I would inquire about antihypertensives such as ACE inhibitors, which may induce cough and what causes the symptoms to worsen and how to improve them (Wyler & Mallon, 2019). I would also inquire if other symptoms include earache, sore throat, or even wheezing.
I shall address Mr JD’s illness by focusing on his symptoms. Because the patient is not improving, medical intervention will provide symptom relief. Because of its endurance, the patient’s common cold might be caused by a virus (Wyler & Mallon, 2019). It might, however, be caused by a bacterial sinus infection. Antibiotics will be taken in this scenario due to the signs of a bacterial sinus infection. These drugs will help you get rid of the symptoms you are having.
I will start with diagnostic testing to ensure the patient is allergy-free and has no pharmaceutical sensitivities. Then I will go with Augmentin as my antibacterial of choice. I will give 500 mg of pills every 12 hours and take them as directed. If the illness persists and worsens, I will up the dosage to 875mg tablets every 12 hours (Wyler & Mallon, 2019). I would also take an OTC decongestant, cough syrup, and ibuprofen in addition to Augmentin. Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid make up Augmentin. Amoxicillin is a bactericidal antibiotic, whereas clavulanic acid is a beta-lactamase antibiotic that works in tandem with Amoxicillin and aids in destroying the pathogenic bacteria (Wyler & Mallon, 2019). This medication is administered for 14 days. When taken orally as tablets, it is well absorbed in the GIT. After oral administration, amoxicillin has a half-life of 1.3 hours, while clavulanic acid has a half-life of 1 hour. They are eliminated by urination. Patients with known penicillin sensitivities or a history of liver or renal problems should avoid Augmentin.
Would the therapy be different?
The therapy would be different if the patient were ten years old. According to pediatric standards, if a kid weighs more than 40 kg, their dose should be the same as an adult’s. On the other hand, paediatrics weighing less than 40 kg will receive a far smaller dose than adults. The present weight of the patient is 35.45kg (Rosenfeld, 2016). I would only administer Amoxicillin in this situation because it is a broad-spectrum antibiotic with a high response among paediatricians. It is a bactericidal antibiotic that stops bacteria from making cell walls, killing them. It has a half-life of one hour and is eliminated by the kidney. A dose of 125-250mg per 8 hours is given to children aged ten and higher (Rosenfeld, 2016). Give 20-40 mg/kg every 8 hours to individuals under 40 kg. However, it is not administered to people who have a penicillin hypersensitivity reaction or other sensitivities.
Important patient education
The patient will be informed about the medication’s side effects and what to expect, and how to respond to them. Diarrhoea accompanied by bloody or watery faeces should be reported to a medical facility as soon as possible. In addition, the patient will be taught how to take their prescription to achieve the best possible health results (Rosenfeld, 2016). When patients feel the need to take more drugs, they should do so only with a physician’s approval. Finally, the patient should drink enough water and eat a balanced diet when taking drugs.