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Do people take an antibiotic and cold medicine at the same time?

Do people take an antibiotic and cold medicine at the same time?

Yes: Yes you can take antibiotics with over the counter cold medicines. But, if you only have a cold, antibiotics will do nothing to help and you could experience toxicities and side effects from antibiotic treatment. It will also alter your bowel flora to varing degrees depending on the antibiotic type and duration. ...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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Would it be safe to take antibiotics and cold medicine at the same time?

Would it be safe to take antibiotics and cold medicine at the same time?

Why the combo?: If you have a cold, you don't need antibiotics. If you have an infection, talk to your prescribing provider about what OTC mess might be safe. ...Read more

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Can i take antibiotics and cold medicine at the same time? I'm taking antibiotics for an ear infection, but have just come down with a really bad chest cold. Can i take OTC cold medicine, like Mucinex (guaifenesin) at the same time? #nqlu

Can i take antibiotics and cold medicine at the same time? I'm taking antibiotics for an ear infection, but have just come down with a really bad chest cold. Can i take OTC cold medicine, like Mucinex (guaifenesin) at the same time? #nqlu

Mucinex (guaifenesin) : Mucinex (guaifenesin) is compatible with all antibiotics. Keep in mind that cold medications can only improve symptoms temporarily and do not actively fight respiratory infections. Some cold medicines, like antihistamnes, may actually delay the improvement in a cold. If your symptoms are worsening or extending to a new area you should be sure to contact your doctor to keep him/her aware of your change in status. ...Read more

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Can I take antibiotics for a cold?

Not helpful: Antibiotics are primarily for bacterial infections. A cold is typically viral. However, you can get a secondary infection like sinusitis or bronchitis in which antibiotics would be helpful. This usually occurs after prolonged cold symptoms, congestion or other complications and is characterized by fever, sinus pain, green/yellow discharge and lack of resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take antibiotics for a tooth infection while you have a cold?

Is it okay to take antibiotics for a tooth infection while you have a cold?

Absolutely: If your dentist prescribed antibiotics to limit the spread of a bacterial tooth infection, take them exactly as prescribed. They will have no affect on your cold which is caused by a virus. Know that antibiotics will not "cure" your tooth. You still need to have the tooth definitively treated. ...Read more

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With cold and virus, is it okay to take antibiotics whilst on blood thinners ( xarelto, ) and detralex 500mg?

Blood thinners & Abx: First of all, you don't want to treat a virus (the usual cold) with an antibiotic, because antibiotics don't work against viruses, only against bacteria, which cause secondary problems will sinusitis or ear infections or bronchitis. For blood thinners generally, the manufacturer recommends caution with all antibiotics, but if you need one you should take one and just monitor your blood tests more. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take antibiotics during root canal treatment ? If to take, what are drugs of choice ?

Is it necessary to take antibiotics during root canal treatment ? If to take, what are drugs of choice ?

Not always: Antibiotics are recommended durinr root canal treatment only if it is infected or got inflamed after should the doctor decide to put you under antibiotics the drug of choice in that case would be clyndamycine or similar antibiotic that treats infections of that kind(caused by anaerobic bacteria). ...Read more

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Can I take antibiotics or over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drug for an e. Coli infection?

Can I take antibiotics or over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drug for an e. Coli infection?

Yes: The strains of e.Coli that cause travelers diarrhea can be treated with the antibiotics Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or rifaximin. Antidiarrheal can be taken for symptoms. In the past there was some concern that antidiarrheals would prolong the infection, but that does not seem to be the case. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take antibiotics for uti (infection)along with homeopathic medicines(natural herbs)to cure the disease ?

Is it safe to take antibiotics for uti (infection)along with homeopathic medicines(natural herbs)to cure the disease ?

Would avoid: If you truly have a urinary tract infection (bacteria and white cells in the urine) and your doctor has prescribed an appropriate antibiotic, I would suggest you avoid taking homeopathic medications. While probably benign, some herbal medications can interact with antibiotics and impair absorption or metabolism. Take the antibiotics as prescribed and recheck with your doctor when completed. ...Read more

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I stopped my antibiotic treatment of Bactrim ds two days ago. Is it safe to take Alka Seltzer Plus cold dissolvable tablets.

I stopped my antibiotic treatment of Bactrim ds two days ago.  Is it safe to take Alka Seltzer Plus cold dissolvable tablets.

Yes, safe: And bactrim is already out if your system by now, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, good luck ...Read more

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It is good to take antibiotics if u have upper respiratory infection? And what's should I take medicine

Uri: In general, upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and are not indicated. In your case, since you have pain when swallowing, see your doctor and get a throat culture. If you have strep , then antibiotics like amoxicillen would be indicated. ...Read more

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Woke up with chest tightness have a cold but no cough or fever do I have bronchitis will it go away on its own I have uc so k can't take antibiotics?

Woke up with chest tightness have a cold but no cough or fever do I have bronchitis will it go away on its own I have uc so k can't take antibiotics?

Chest pain: Many possible causes for what you describe, no way to advise particulars with the limited information here. Should go see your doctor to find out if something is wrong and what to do. ...Read more

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I had mitral valve surgery and have had a post-cold bronchitis (cough, sputum, lethargy) for 3 weeks that is not improving. Should I take antibiotics?

I had mitral valve surgery and have had a post-cold bronchitis (cough, sputum, lethargy) for 3 weeks that is not improving. Should I take antibiotics?

See your doctor: Post viral bronchitis and cough can persist for weeks and antibiotics are best avoided. But bacterial superinfection can occur. With your symptoms it would be best for you to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Zpak gave me a nerve disease.Pvcs & twitches.Scared to take antibiotics now. Was given clindamycin for possible tooth infection.How safe is this drug?

Zpak gave me a nerve disease.Pvcs & twitches.Scared to take antibiotics now. Was given clindamycin for possible tooth infection.How safe is this drug?

Safe?: All Meds have side effects, even OTC. Infection potentially more dangerous than the antibiotic. Did you inform your Dentist about your reaction to Zpac? Zpac didn't "give" you a "nerve disease," you had an untoward reaction to the medication. Please discuss this carefully with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Taking Cymbalta+Pristiq(cross-titration), Seroquel, (quetiapine) & Remeron. If I get an UTI & need take antibiotics, will it interact w/ drugs or ECT anesthesia?

Taking Cymbalta+Pristiq(cross-titration), Seroquel, (quetiapine) & Remeron.  If I get an UTI & need take antibiotics, will it interact w/ drugs or ECT anesthesia?

Just inform Drs.: Treating a UTI is very important so just inform the Dr(s) all about the other conditions and Tx. They can make any needed adjustments and advise you of what to expect. Communication is the key. Tell, ask and stay w/ it till everyone is clear. Also query about wayd to minimize long-term use of so much medication. As soon as possible,try to cut back especially if you add psychotherapy. Best! ...Read more