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A 23-year-old female asked:

i was told i could take azithromycin for a wisdom tooth infection. i have a sealed but expired z-pack ... is it okay to take?

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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Told?: In this era of social media, "told" means so may things. Please get it evaluated to make sure you have a treatable bacterial infection and (if so) your doc will give you a prescription for a fresh antibiotic appropriate to your situation. Not all pain is infection related so my advice is to actually address the problem with your wisdom teeth as even a round of abx really only abates symptoms.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Please follow Dr. DeWolf’s very sound advice.
Mar 12, 2018
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
How long exp???: You forgot to include the exp. date!!!!!! !0 years ago? 10 weeks ago? Most, not all, meds are effective long after their expiration dates, which are arbitrary. A more interesting question is the nature of the problem and a question about best therapy.
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
See below: See your dentist for definitive treatment and follow through. An antibiotic will only help on a temporary basis.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Outdated medications: Will not harm you, but efficacy the medication increases exponentially as you pass the expiration date. Antibiotics limit spread of dental infections by definitive dental treatment is required to affect a cure. See a wisdom tooth expert, and Oral Surgeon, for evaluation and appropriate treatment.

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