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Lots of medicine prescribed in Japan for persistent cough

Hello,

I have had a cough for 3 weeks.  My throat is tickly and occasionally I cough up yellow phlegm, but the symptoms are bearable and it is just the cough and a mild sore throat - no fever, chest pain etc.  The doctor here in Tokyo took a look in my mouth and ruled out what that test indicates (viral infection?).  Then he said he didn't know why I was coughing and prescribed the following six medications:

Codeine phosphate (antitussive, expecorant)
Kipres - montelukast sodium (antiallergic agent)
Carbocysteine (expectorant)
Azithromycin (anti-bacterial)
Adoair inhaler - salmeterol xinafoate-fluticasone (antiasthmatic oral inhalation)
Tulobuterol (brochodilator)

This seems like overkill to me.  Which, if any, of these should I take?

Thanks very much for your advice
Tags: cough, persistent cough, Cold, sore throat, lots of medicine
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For some more background - I am a non-smoker, exercise regularly, and have an active lifestyle.  I teach children and may have contracted something from one of them - three weeks ago I lost my voice entirely for about 4 days.  There was a mild fever associated with that, but it went away and the voice came back, but the mild sore throat and cough are left 3 weeks later.
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