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Supposed to take antibiotics 3 times per day... Every ? Hours is that?

Supposed to take antibiotics 3 times per day... Every ? Hours is that?

8 hours?: Generally most antibiotics are taken one hour before food or two hours after food; some are taken with food. You do not need to get up in the middle of the night to take the antibiotic; morning , afternoon and before bed is fine. Please check with your md to be sure which foods to avoid or if yours should be taken with food. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Supposed to take antibiotics 3 times per day. How many hours do I wait in between?

Supposed to take antibiotics 3 times per day. How many hours do I wait in between?

8, give or take: 24 divided by 3 is 8, so an interval of 8 hours is about right. However, with antibiotics, you don't have to be quite that exact, so you can be off by a couple hours. ...Read more

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I have fever so the doctor gave me antibiotics and I am supposed to eat them 1 per day I didnt notic3 and I ate them 3 times per day is that okay?

I have fever so the doctor gave me antibiotics and I am supposed to eat them 1 per day I didnt notic3 and I ate them 3 times per day is that okay?

Take 1 per day: Take 1 tablet per day from now on. It is important to take it the way your doctor directed. Take your antibiotic at the same time every day to maintain a constant level of the medication in your body. The bad thing about taking your antibiotic 3 times per day is an increase in side effects and now your antibiotics will not last as many days as your doctor wanted it to. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Does three times a day antibiotics mean after 6 hrs?

8 hours: 24 divided by 3 is 8. But if it says three times a day, the timing doesn't usually have to be exact. ...Read more

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When a prescription says take two/three/four times a day does that mean between morning and evening or over a 24 hour period? Like for an antibiotic.

Dosing per day: Well in a perfect world we could take the medication on an exact basis -for example 3 times a day would be every 8 hrs in a 24 hr period. This is because medications have a "half-life" in the body which means over time the body will get rid of it, so u have to take it again. Problem is, the daily routine can get in the way-- consider sleeping for example and how much time that eats up. Try ur best ...Read more

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Why did oral surgeon give me 500mg three times a day of antibiotic? Seems like so much. I only had one impacted wisdom tooth.

Why did oral surgeon give me 500mg three times a day of antibiotic? Seems like so much. I only had one impacted wisdom tooth.

Listen to specialist: For antibiotics to be effective than have to be taken in appropriate dose and for the entire course of the medication. Take exactly as directed until all are gone. Your Oral Surgeon has at least 11-15 years post-high-school training to be able to best help you. Trust his/her knowledge and experience. Don't try to second-guess the instructions you've been given. ...Read more

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Taking 200mg metronidazole antibiotic, three times a day. As a hypochondriac i'm worried about neurological damage. How common is it?

Rare: But hard to say how rare it is. Nobody really knows. The kind of study that will provide a numerical estimate of risk has not been done yet. A reference for you in case you want to read more, in particular, read page 77 for a summary of what is known: http://www.Ant-tnsjournal.Com/mag_files/21-2/005.Pdf. ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic clindamycin cause middle stomach pain im on 300mg three times a day with Moderate stomach pain?

Can the antibiotic clindamycin cause middle stomach pain im on 300mg three times a day with Moderate stomach pain?

Abdominal pain : Most antibiotics cause some gastrointestinal symptoms. Nausea and abdominal pain are not rare. See if you can complete the antibiotic course otherwise ask your doctor if other antibiotics can be substituted. You didn't mention why you are on clindamycin? ...Read more

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Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics twice or three times a day ? Does it mean i got a serious case of strep throat if i'm prescribed 3 times a day

Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics twice or three times a day ? Does it mean i got a serious case of strep throat if i'm prescribed 3 times a day

Dosing: Medicines are dosed as to their pharmacokinetics, i.e. How they work to kill organisms. There are those that need only one peak effect and repeatedly. There are those that need constant presence and are dosed more each day especially if the medicine does not hang around long enough. There are once a day meds and there are 4 times a day meds. ...Read more

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If hpylori is found and antibiotics are not an option because of antibiotic misuse three times a few months prior then what?

If hpylori is found and antibiotics are not an option because of antibiotic misuse three times a few months prior then what?

Antibiotics: The treatment for documented H.Pylorii infection is a PPI (proton pump inhibitor)and usually two antibiotics. This is not an easy bug to eradicate because of the environment in the stomach. ...Read more

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I am having the presence of a lot of mucus after a bm. I have been on antibiotics three times since january, can this be related?

I am having the presence of a lot of mucus after a bm. I have been on antibiotics three times since january, can this be related?

It could be: That is one possibility but the mucous could be unrelated. Either way check with your doctor as this could be a very serious (and contagious) infection or an indication of other issues possibly serious, it could be normal too but don't take that chance, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My urine culture report shows me e-coli organisum three times from three months .I had several antibiotics. Should they keep testing for cure if I have no symptoms ?

My urine culture report shows me e-coli organisum  three times from three months .I had several antibiotics. Should they keep testing for cure if I have no symptoms ?

Bactiuria vs UTI: E coli is the most common cause of UTI but also the most common contaminant in urine cultures. The doctors should also do a urinalysis to look for wbcs & epithelial cells to differentiate. The # of organisms also needs to be quantitated. We used to think asymptomatic bactiuria was unimportant but now we know it can lead to issues esp in pregnant/elderly or tell us of urinary tract abnormalities. ...Read more

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Had or have a renal abscess had a drain placed three times in through radiology in I've antibiotics and on pic iv but feel same symptoms been home 3 d?

Had or have a renal abscess had a drain placed three times in through radiology in I've antibiotics and on pic iv but feel same symptoms been home 3 d?

Follow with doctor: You need to follow. Misery with your doctor. Call the office and tell the doctor how you feel. The doctor will help to decide what needs to be done next ...Read more

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I have abdominal and back spinal pain. I practice yoga three times a week and had a bacteria recently taken care with antibiotics ?

I have abdominal and back spinal pain. I practice yoga three times a week and had a bacteria recently taken care with antibiotics ?

Need to see doctor: Based on the very little information you've provided my guess is that you may be having a repeat of whatever that bacteria was the first time. Perhaps, it was resistant to the antibiotic that was tried the first time especially if you were treated blindly without doing a culture. Or you could've just overdid a session of yoga...which I think is EASY to do...Have you been checked for STD's? ...Read more

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White cells in urine three different antibiotics, no symptoms, told no bacteria both times with culture. What can cause WBC in Urine?

White cells in urine three different antibiotics, no symptoms, told no bacteria both times with culture. What can cause WBC in Urine?

WBC in urine: We see this a lot in practice especially in women because of their open system if the patients has no symporms go and do a urine via clean catch usually when repeating with a clean catch WBC are longer present I have all my female patient now collect tHat way now ask the lab to do your urine that way they willl give you a soapy to clean th area and then collect your urine midstream ...Read more

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I got epidydmo orchitis almost one month I went to see doctor several times and did three times ultrosound tests and blood tests and urine tests all these results showed good and the doctor have no idea what to do I took antibiotics for nearly four weeks

See urologist: Common causes of epididymo-orchitis are infections with bacteria, chlamydia and viruses (like mumps virus). Trauma is another cause. Sometimes the underlying infection is in the prostate. Chronic prostatitis can present as testicular pain. These conditions are treated with antibiotics and non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. I suggest you see a urologist at this stage. ...Read more

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If it says to take a certain antibiotic 3 times a day, does that mean i can take it at 9am, 3pm and 9pm? Or do I have to take it in middle of night?

Antibiotic Dosage: Generally, if the rx is written for three times a day, you can take the 3 doses, spaced equally, during waking hours. It is best to call your pharmacist to be absolutely sure, however, because you want to make sure you maintain minimum levels between dosing. In your case, you have 2 six hour cycles, followed by a 12-hour "gap." as long as the concentration is adequate during the night, it's ok. ...Read more

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Can i take rodogyl antibiotic 2 capsules 3 times a day and how many hours should there be between them?

Can i take rodogyl antibiotic 2 capsules 3 times a day and how many hours should there be between them?

500mg tid: You would take Metronidazole 500mg (however many tablets that is) three times a day. 24 hours in a day, which means 8 hours between pills. ...Read more