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Dr. Michael Underbrink
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Is a zpack enough to treat strep throat?

Is a zpack enough to treat strep throat?

Yes: Azithromycin (z-pack) is an alternate therapy commonly used for treatment of streptococcal infection for patients with penicillin allergies. This should be enough, but if does not improve in 3-5 days, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][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


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Will strep throat go away completely if treated with azithromycin? Is there a chance that medicine will not get rid of infection?

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

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Dr. Becky White
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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.

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

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Dr. James Ferguson
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I've got strep throat and started z-pak today. Do I have to take the entire pack?

I've got strep throat and started z-pak today. Do I have to take the entire pack?

Yes: The symptoms will improve whether or not you take any medication. The considerable complications that can occur after strep can occur if you do not complete your medication. At one dose a day i would think it is not to difficult to complete the rx.Trying to "save some" for next time can put you at risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Vance Harris
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How much resistance of strep throat to zithromax is there in california now? I heard it varies a lot all over the world.

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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Dr. Donald Colantino
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Hello! I have strep throat and started taking zithromax today. Is it okay for me to take nyquil and Coricidin while on this med?

Hello! I have strep throat and started taking zithromax today. Is it okay for me to take nyquil and Coricidin while on this med?

Pharmacist: Consult your pharmacist as he/she has up to date information on medication interactions. Has your strep throat been confirmed with a positive throat culture? If not it could be a viral sore throat and upper respiratory tract infection which shouldn't require antibiotics. ...Read more

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I was just prescribed Z Pak for reoccurring Strep Throat. Is it safe for me to take an Aleve D while taking the Z Pak?

I was just prescribed Z Pak for reoccurring Strep Throat. Is it safe for me to take an Aleve D while taking the Z Pak?

YES.: Assuming you aren't allergic to Aleve (Naproxen) or similar NSAID medications like Motrin (Iburofen) or aspirin, you can take it with ZPack. You may not need the D part of the Aleve D. It is a nasal decongestant that you might not need and has side effects like jitteriness and sleep disturbance. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for azithromycin to cure strep throat?

How long is it supposed to it take for azithromycin to cure strep throat?

@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

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Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

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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