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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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I feel i have strep throat- doc did not test me for strep- simply said i have the flu. He Gave me zpack. Would zpack treat strep if i had it?

I feel i have strep throat- doc did not test me for strep- simply said i have the flu. He Gave me zpack. Would zpack treat strep if i had it?

Yes: Z-pak will treat strep throat, but the package insert recommends a slightly higher dose for strep, so there is a slightly higher chance of recurrence of the dose pack is used for strep. The "flu" is a viral infection, however, and does not respond to antibiotics. ...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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Is azithromycin a effective antibiotic to treat strep throat? Also what dosage is recommend doc gave me 250mg is that enough

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

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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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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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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

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