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Can Azithromycin Treat Strep Throat
Is azithromycin a effective antibiotic to treat strep throat? Also what dosage is recommend doc gave me 250mg is that enough
Usually works: In some parts of the country, and of the world, there is some resistance to azithromycin. In those cases, one can use penicillin, amoxicillin, cephalosporins, etc... For teens and adults the treatment can be a Z-pak, which contains 6 of the 250mg pills. For children, the dose is 12mg per kg each day (once a day) for 5 days. Larger doses of azithromycin may cause a lot of temporary stomach upset. ...Read more
Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin) is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more
Will strep throat go away completely if treated with azithromycin? Is there a chance that medicine will not get rid of infection?
Possibility: Strep should be gone if you took the same dose for 5 days. Sometimes though strep does recover after you finish medicine and strikes again. ...Read more
Can strep throat be treated completely by taking co azithromycin 250 for five days? This antibiotic is harmful to my baby? I am 35 weeks.
Yes: Antibiotics are generally safe for unborn babies. Your doctor wouldn't have given it to you otherwise. Don't worry and rest up! ...Read more
I am being treated for strep throat with Azithromycin. I close my eyes to sleep I am awaken by choking or no air. What can I do to get some sleep?
I'm being treated for strep throat and have had 3 doses of zithromax. It's still pretty painful to swallow. Should I be feeling better by now?
Treatment failure: Yes. When a medicine is not working the physician who prescribed it ought to be notified. ...Read more
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
@4-48 hrs: Infection should generally be gone in 24-498hrs if the medication works and there is no resistance. Mild symptoms may remain for several more days, but not contagious. ...Read more
Usually is: This is a simple and reasonable plan. I prefer the penicillins as a first line treatment but they do require more doses over a longer period. ...Read more
Hello. I was diagnosed with strep throat 3 days ago. Started taking azithromycin 2 tablets 250 mg first day and 1 everyday for 4 days. Not better!
Strep/Zithromax: I'm not surprised. More and more strep are becoming resistant to Azithromycin and it is not considered a very good antibiotic anymore for strep. Penicillin or Amoxicillin is still the treatment of choice by far. You need to call your doc back today, let them know you are not improving on the current antibiotic and request a change or re-evaluation (could you have something lie mono in addition?). ...Read more
I was prescribed Azithromycin for strep throat, took 1st dose w/40 mg Magnesium before knowing not supposed to. How much would that affect absorbance?
One time take: Shouldn't be a problem since you only did it once. Talk with the doctor, maybe they'll want you to take 1 pill extra to make it a 6 day as opposed to 5 day regimen. Frankly, I probably wouldn't. I predict everything will be peachy keen. ...Read more
Cefixime: Cefixime (suprax) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia; bronchitis; gonorrhea; and ear, lung, throat, and urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (zithromax) can be used for strep throat, but there have been several reports in the medical literature of the development of resistance to this antibiotic. ...Read more
Diagnosed with strep throat two days ago and given Azithromycin. She has taken two of the doses and is still showing all symptoms including fever.
Strep throat: With persistent fever and worsening condition despite two days of antibiotics warrants a re-evaluation by your physician. Make sure you are not coming down with infectious mononucleosis! You may have a viral illness along with this. Continue supportive measures, hydration, fever control, good nutrients, bed rest and finish up the antibiotics and get checked again. ...Read more
I was recently prescribed Azithromycin 500mg, 1 tablet each day for 3 days for strep throat. Is this effective in killing the strep infection?
Yes, effective: Your doctor would not have prescribed it if she didn't expect it to be effective. Perhaps you're concerned about only 3 days treatment. However, azithromycin is very long lasting; each dose remains in your system for about 10 days. So this treatment will be active against strep for almost 2 weeks. It will work just fine. ...Read more
Can I break in half and crush a 500 mg azithromycin to give 250mg to my 78 lb 7 year old boy with strep throat? No clinics open today and he's in pain
No: There's no way you can know he has strep throat. Doctors can't either without a test. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and shouldn't be treated with antibiotics. Also, antibiotics have very little effect on the symptoms of strep throat. They're given only to prevent rare complications. ...Read more
If I was prescribed Azithromycin for strep throat 5 days ago and have no improvement. Now I have severe tonsillitis. What do I do? Can I take amox too
Reassessment Needed: While Azithromycin is effective against some forms of strep throat, it does not work for all forms of strep throat. There are also multiple other causes for tonsillitis. Usually if your medication is effective, you begin to feel much better within 2 to 3 days of starting the medication. I recommend you have your throat reevaluated to assess appropriate changes in your treatment or medication. ...Read more
Is it safe to take a motrin ib pill after taking a azithromycin pill 250 mg. Which I'm taking for strep throat?
I took amoxicillin at 6 am today (left over from previous perception). Is it OK to start a Z pak (azithromycin) in the same day. I have strep throat?
I just completed a dose of azithromycin for strep throat. My throat is still sore. It was for 5 days I read most doctors prescribe for 10?
Went to urgent care and the doctor said my 8yr 60lb has strep throat. Gave her 250mg of azithromycin tablets. I was wondering if that is correct?
Not quite enough: 60lbs is 27 kg. Strep dose for azithrmycin is 12 mg / kg. 270+54 = 334 mg per dose per day for 5 days. 250 mg is not enough for strep. ...Read more
I am on azithromycin for strep throat and I have taken 4 of the 5 pills. Each are at 500mg. I cant swallow my spit with so much pain?
Take Antiinflammtory: Medicine like Advil, Aleve or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Try Gargle with warm water, Use Liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or NyQuil or Throat Lozenges to help soothing the Throat. Ginger tea is very good for this symptoms too. And get examined again by your doctor to make sure your Tonsillitis has resolved. ...Read more
Maybe: But strep rarely causes pink eye and azithromicin is not the best drug for strep with a high resistance rate. ...Read more
What to do if I was prescribed azithromycin tablets for strep throat. Will they also help pink eye?
I started Z Pak (azithromycin) 48 hrs ago for strep throat. The throat pain is finally going away, but now my left ear is really hurting. Should I be concerned?
Ear pain: The ear pain is most probably related to the strep throat infection. Give the antibiotic therapy more time to clear up the strep infection. Be sure to take the full course of Z pak (azithromycin). If you do not improve, call your doctor for a recheck. Meanwhile take medication for pain eg Ibuprofen if that works for you. ...Read more
Hello! I have strep throat and started taking zithromax today. Is it okay for me to take nyquil and Coricidin while on this med?
Child has strep throat allergic to omincef and amoxicillin was given Zithromax but it doesn't seem to be helping what R other antiobiotics that help?
Abx for Strep throat: Zithromax is an excellent alternative for Strep infection in those allergic to penicillin, but it generally takes a little more time to see improvement. If symptoms are not responding after 3-4 days of azithromycin treatment, clindamycin is an alternative (more potential side effects). ...Read more
How much resistance of strep throat to zithromax is there in california now? I heard it varies a lot all over the world.
Strep: There has never been a group a streptococcus grown from a person that has been resistant to penicillin.Azithromycin is one of the most widely studied antibiotics for the treatment of group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus infections. Azithromycin has the advantage of simple and short dosing regimen. I am not aware of resistance of strep to zithro. ...Read more
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