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how long should you take antibiotics after an extraction

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debi Williams
26 years experience Dentistry
Follow directions: Follow the directions of the dentist who prescribed the antibiotic. Even though your tooth has been extracted, infection could still be present in th ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
44 years experience Endodontics
Perhaps not at all: If you had swelling prior to extraction, your doctor may want you to be on antibiotics 7-10 days. However routine extractions w/out infection or swel ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Depends: It depends on how bad the infection is. The dentist who is prescribing your antibiotics will determine how long to wait before attempting the extracti ... Read More
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
As directed by DDS: Any antibiotics that are prescribed before tooth extraction should be taken as directed.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
22 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotics: Depending on the antibiotic and the prescription it can bet. 5days and 10days ask the prescribing doctor and follow the prescription, .
Dr. Uttma Dham
23 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotic course: You should finish the whole course of antibiotics. So what ever days was it prescribed for, take that many days.If it was prescribed for five days the ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Antibiotics: Don't take old pills that you have lying around the house. Depending on the extent of the surgery and the presence or absence of pre-surgical infectio ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Eason
33 years experience Infectious Disease
Mondor disease: Mondor disease is a thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins in the breast. It can be mistaken for an infection, but it's not. There is no role for ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
21 years experience Infectious Disease
It depends.: Doctors select specific antibiotics for specific time periods depending on the type of infection. Most antibiotics are given for <2 wks. Antibiotic us ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Antibiotics: That depends upon what you are being treated for and whether the antibiotic is really necessary. The only person who can really answer this is the doc ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Owoc
19 years experience Prosthodontics
Resistance: The question is, why are you taking the antibiotic longer than prescribed? If you continue to take the medication longer than normal, you increase th ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: What antibiotics and its half life. Most antibiotics are taking 2 to 3 x a day. However is important to ask the prescriber.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends : That depends entirely on the infection, ranging from 1 day (chlamydia) to 6 months (tb).
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
44 years experience Urology
Thanks for asking!: If truly a simple, uncomplicated UTI (females)and have been placed on the appropriate antibiotic, 1-3 days of antibiotic will usually kill the bacteri ... Read More

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