I had to dip into the stash the doc recently gave me. The cough morphed into a sore throat, which got progressively worse. I found an old bag of cough drops in the kitchen that I started sucking on, but it was just mild temporary relief. I finally broke and took the antibiotics and within about 10 hours the pain had subsided a bit. Its been about 36 hours since the first pill and the sore throat is virtually gone.