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can you take antibiotics with cold medicine

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Yes you can take antibiotics with over the counter cold medicines. But, if you only have a cold, antibiotics will do nothing to help and you could ex ... Read More

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
61 years experience Family Medicine
Cold medicine: Yes you can take it as it will not interfere with the antibiotic that you are taking for your UTI
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Why the combo?: If you have a cold, you don't need antibiotics. If you have an infection, talk to your prescribing provider about what OTC meds might be safe.
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A member asked:
Dr. Eric Bouwens
36 years experience Family Medicine
Mucinex (guaifenesin) : Mucinex (guaifenesin) is compatible with all antibiotics. Keep in mind that cold medications can only improve symptoms temporarily and do not activel ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Call your doc: You may need a stronger cough medication to help you.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Beck
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Not helpful: Antibiotics are primarily for bacterial infections. A cold is typically viral. However, you can get a secondary infection like sinusitis or bronchitis ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
NoMalariaProphylaxis: No interaction when you are taking Malaria Prophylaxis. Have to be careful if you are taking Doxycycline as it is an Antibiotic in Tetracycline Family
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Tooth infection: Absolutely, you can take antibiotics for a tooth infection.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
61 years experience Family Medicine
Cold: Feed a cold, starve a fever ! Try Tylenol 500mg two three times a day. If you have Zicam in the pharmacy then one every thee hours will relieve you ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
Blood thinners & Abx: First of all, you don't want to treat a virus (the usual cold) with an antibiotic, because antibiotics don't work against viruses, only against bacter ... Read More

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