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What is penicillin usually prescribed for?

What is penicillin usually prescribed for?

Infection: Any infection that is susceptible to it. In recent history, penicillin is used either for strep infections or syphilis.

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Will penicillin that is 5 years old be effective?

Will penicillin that is 5 years old be effective?

Experation dates: Any medication especially antibiotics have expiration dates. It is always prudent to take medications prior to their expiration dates.

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What would doctors prescribe a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

What would doctors prescribe a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

Depends: There are alternative antibiotics to penicillin-type antibiotics. The choice depends on the infection being treated. There is testing available for penicillin allergy. Those with penicillin allergy should see a board certified allergist for further evaluation.

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Does any one know why you was prescribed penicillin g procaine?

Does any one know why you was prescribed penicillin g procaine?

STD maybe: The procaine eases the pain and prolongs the action. Used for stds often.....

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Is it okay to use penicillin for tooth infections?

Is it okay to use penicillin for tooth infections?

Maybe: See a dentist first. They should determine the cause of the infection before any medications are prescribed. Penicillin is used for some infections but taking it before seeing a dentist may make it more difficult for the dentist to determine the source.

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I have a big raised rash on belly, used penicillin today, is that a typical allergic reaction from it?

I have a big raised rash on belly, used penicillin today, is that a typical allergic reaction from it?

Maybe: And you should stop taking it. Whether you indeed have penicillin allergy or not should be assessed by an allergist after you have recovered from your current illness.

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Is amoxacillin more effective than penicillin?

Is amoxacillin more effective than penicillin?

No, but: Amoxicillin is usually prescribed three times a day and does not matter when you eat. Penicillin is normally prescribed orally 4 times a day an hour before you eat. So compliance is harder for penicllin and so Amoxicillin is easier to be in compliance with and thus would be more effective.

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Does penicillin work for severe toothaches?

Does penicillin work for severe toothaches?

Yes...but: If you have a severe toothache, any antibiotic will help...Provided you are getting a strong enough dosage. But this will only limit the time the tooth may bother you. You need to get the toothe fixed (root canal, filling or?) or get the tooth removed. If you don't and that infection returns. It will come back with greater pain and more bone destruction is quite possible.

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Our 3 year old got a shot of penicillin last night due to strep. How long before it works?

Our 3 year old got a shot of penicillin last night due to strep. How long before it works?

24-48 hours!: Strep is easily treated with antibiotics --- usually oral can be fine; rare to treat with parenteral penicilin (unless vomiting), child not contagious 24-48 hours after treatment. When using oral meds, treatment usually 10 days. In same household, strep is only about 25% contagious. Rare in adults, diagnosisi must be made by positive culture and antibiotic treatment.

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I started taking penicillin a day and a half ago for strep class c. I still feel terrible if not worse. How long will it take to kick in?

I started taking penicillin a day and a half ago for strep class c. I still feel terrible if not worse. How long will it take to kick in?

Call your doctor NOW: You really should start to feel better. Depending on the thpe of infection you have, it may have developed into something that requires further intervention such as intravenous antibiotics, or else a drainage procedure of abscess. Regardless, prompt attention is needed, to minimize complications.

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Is penicillin safe to take while pregnant?

Is penicillin safe to take while pregnant?

Meds in pregnancy: You should ask you OB about any medication use in pregnancy. Depending on your trimester some meds ar okay and some are not. Usually penicilllin is considered safe.

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If you take penicillin and benadryl, (diphenhydramine) what can happen?

If you take penicillin and benadryl, (diphenhydramine) what can happen?

See below: These 2 drugs can be taken at the same time. There will be no loss of activity of either drug and no increased toxicity or side effects.

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I had a steroid shot and an antibiotic injection with a penicillin base on saturday today is sunday. I have a flushed face. Is this a side effect?

I had a steroid shot and an antibiotic injection with a penicillin base on saturday today is sunday. I have a flushed face. Is this a side effect?

Probably: Flushing after steroid injection is not uncommon. If it is from the antibiotic, that's a bit more concerning. If you have any trouble breathing, swallowing or feel faint, you should head to the er. It may be the start of an allergic reaction.

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What are the side effects of penicillin?

What are the side effects of penicillin?

Pretty mild: Allergy to this is generally a rash, could be throat swellling. Take afte food, all antibiotics can nauseate you or upset your stomach a bit.

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How long does a penicillin rash last?

How long does a penicillin rash last?

Drug Rash: It can still last a week to two. Must stop the offending antibiotic immediately and contact your doctor if any tongue or throat swelling (anaphylactic reaction) then it is an Emergency and must call 911 and go to ERl

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How long does hives last that are all over body as a reaction to penicillin?

How long does hives last that are all over body as a reaction to penicillin?

Days to weeks: Usually they resolve in a few days. In rare instances hives from antibiotics may take several months to resolve.