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I'm on day three of taking Clarithromycin for my severe strep throat and still haven't noticed any improvements. Is this normal?

I'm on day three of taking Clarithromycin for my severe strep throat and still haven't noticed any improvements. Is this normal?

Yes and no: Sorry for the wishy-washy answer, but in reality if you have a "severe" case, it may take a while for you to feel a lot better. That being said, Clarithromycin is not my favorite drug for strep throat. Penicillin is still the gold standard, so unless you have anaphylaxis against the penicillin family, I would ask doc if they could switch you to penicillin or Amoxicillin. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I got strep throat sines aug 13 and i still suffer until now, they gave me amoxicillin and it doesn't work, they but me now on biaxin (clarithromycin) , is that usual.

I got strep throat sines aug 13 and i still suffer until now, they gave me amoxicillin and it doesn't work, they but me now on biaxin (clarithromycin) , is that usual.

Yes: Strep throat, confirmed by throat culture, is usually treated with amoxicillin, but some strep strains may be resistant to Amoxicillin so it reasonable to switch to a different class of antibiotic. Pain or pharyngitis not responding to treatment should be reevaluated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for strep throat which caused extremely mild rheumatic fever to go away on its own after taking 4 tablets of clarithromycin?

If you have: rheumatic fever /strep it is important to take the full course of prescribed antibiotics. You have written in quite a few times about this - so clearly you are worried. Did you self -medicate with the clarithromycin? ...Read more

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Low grade fevor on biaxin (clarithromycin) for 3 days, for strep throat. Today been from 99.1-99.2 should I be concerned? B4 biaxin (clarithromycin) had no fever

No . . .: In the course of strep is pretty typical to get a fever a few days into the illness. However, if your are feeling more pain, trouble swallowing or general sicker, you should seek the advice of your physician in the clinic. Feel better! ...Read more

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Biaxin (clarithromycin) xl safe third trimester? I have strep throat and allergic to penacilin.

Category C: Which means: use with caution if benefits outweigh risks, your doctor won't harm you or your unborn baby, goodluck ...Read more

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I took antibiotic for strep throat which didn't work. Doctor switched me to clarithromycin yesterday. Today I have one hive. Should i be worried?

I took antibiotic for strep throat which didn't work. Doctor switched me to clarithromycin yesterday. Today I have one hive. Should i be worried?

Prob not: One red, itchy, raised spot (hive) is not usually a sign of a systemic alleric reaction. If you are having an allergic reaction, you will know it shortly, the one hive will become many. If that happens, stop the antibiotic, take a benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and call your doc or head to the er. ...Read more

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I have strep throat. Initially treated with Zithromax, but had a reaction of facial swelling, switched to Biaxin, (clarithromycin) on day 5 now and no relief.

I have strep throat. Initially treated with Zithromax, but had a reaction of facial swelling, switched to Biaxin, (clarithromycin) on day 5 now and no relief.

Check with doctor: Even with a positive strep test, most sore throat symptoms are primarily due to viruses -- and viral infections do not respond to antibioticcs; they have to clear up on their own. Still, you should continue to take the antibiotic as directed; or check back with the doctor who prescribed it and follow her instructions. In any case, you should start to improve soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

Not a good choice: Levaquin is a broad spectrum antibiotic and usually preferred for more serious infections. Strep throat is usually still amenable to most first generation antibiotics. Being allergic to penicillin suggests u shd try a cephalosporin which shd help. Resistant to Biaxin (clarithromycin) is unlikely and erythromycins may still work. Relatively safer medications like clindamycin also exist. ...Read more

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I have strep throat. Took 3 pills250 clarithromycin had to stop due to mouth itching. Got through two days of zpack and itching. Enough to kill it?

I have strep throat. Took 3 pills250 clarithromycin had to stop due to mouth itching. Got through two days of zpack and itching. Enough to kill it?

Maybe/maybe not: There are some strains that are relatively resistant to that family of antibiotics. A partial treatment may be too brief and you may remain contageous.You might check back with your doc and see if s/he will send out something else. ...Read more

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How bad is strep throat?

How bad is strep throat?

Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read more

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What is a 'strep' throat?

What is a 'strep' throat?

Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read more

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Is strep throat seasonal?

Is strep throat seasonal?

Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful. ...Read more

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Is strep throat airborne?

Is strep throat airborne?

Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact.Person A puts fingers in mouth,touches doorknob painting it with strep.Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more

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Symptoms of strep throat?

Symptoms of strep throat?

Strep throat: Your throat may or may not hurt. You may or may not fever. Malaise, poor appetite or cold symptoms may be present. Since the symptoms are non-specific it is important to take a throat culture to rule out strep. ...Read more

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How to cure strep throat?

How to cure strep throat?

Two steps: Step one: proper diagnosis= quick strep test with high accuracy
step two: take your medicine on schedule
you will not be contagous after 24hrs on meds but you need to finish them. Comfort measures including ibuprofen, throat sprays or lossenges can also help. ...Read more

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Can I die from strep throat?

Can I die from strep throat?

No you will not if y: If you have been diagnosed with sterp throat you have to be treatedc with ba full course of antibiotics for 10 days to prevent scarlet fever, acute nephritis, rheumatic fever
and spread of infection to ears, sinuses, lungs etc
if you treat properly you will not bhave any problems. ...Read more

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What is done for strep throat?

What is done for strep throat?

If verified- treat: The majority of sore throats are viruses, but if you have verified strep you should have it treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms may improve in a day or two without treatment, but complications would still be possible without proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is strep throat s history ?

What is strep throat s history ?

?: Unsure what you mean with your question. If you mean it's prodrome (early presentation), the symptoms can widely vary and group a beta-hemolytic strep can masquerade as a lot of other illnesses. However, sore throat, sometimes fevers, frontal headache, stomach ache, vomiting and nausea, sandpapery rash are all seen. ...Read more

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Clarithromycin (Definition)

Treats and prevents infections. Also used in combination with other medicines to treat duodenal ulcers caused by h. Pylori. This medicine ...Read more


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more