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A 35-year-old member asked:

can i reuse refrigerated amoxicillin 2 weeks after finished first dose for reoccurrence of same cold/flu in toddler? terrible high deduc. insurance...

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, but...: If a child had an ear infection or sinus infection that got better but then recurred, a parent can call the doctor and see if a refill is needed, or a new appointment is needed. Liquid amox is considered "good" only for 14 days once it's made up. High deductible insurance has the bad side effect making patients avoid seeing doctors until more severe symptoms (so complain to the employer!).
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Amoxicillin begins to degrade as soon as water is added. It is no good after a week at room temp and 2 weeks refrigerated.Left over meds should be disposed of.You don't treat cold/flu with antibiotics. Many urgent care centers have relatively low cost out of pocket visit fees compared to those filed on insurance.

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