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Coming Off Penicillin
Doxycycline: Doxycycline for 2-4 weeks is recommended if penicillin cannot be given, or sometimes ceftriaxone. However, penicillin is by far the best drug. If you had a severe penicillin allergy in the past, then probably penicillin should be avoided. Otherwise, it still might be the best choice for you. Discuss it with your doctor or, even better, an infectious diseases or STD specialist. ...Read more
Penicillin is one of the first antibiotic ever developed to treat infection. Unfortunately, due to it's widespread and indiscriminate use, many bacteria became resistant to this great antibiotic.
Today we still use it to treat many different types of infection caused by bacteria sensitive to penicillin. ...Read more
Penicllin: It depends upon the kind of penicillin. Regular penicillin (given iv) has a half life of only 1-2 hours but intramuscular penicillin types last longer. Procaine penicillin for 1-2 days and benzathine penicillin for about 3 weeks. ...Read more
The term "penicillin" is often used generically to refer to benzylpenicillin (penicillin g), procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin), benzathine benzylpenicillin (benzathine penicillin), and phenoxymethylpenicillin (penicillin v).
Procaine penicillin and benzathine penicillin have the same antibacterial activity as benzylpenicillin but act for a longer span of time. Phenoxymethylpenicilli. ...Read more
Varies: Some reactions are mild, such as hives alone. Others are more serious, with breathing problems and blood pressure drop. Some reactions (like some kinds of rashes) are not actually allergies, but different reactions that may or may not recur when you take the medicine. While it may be easier to just avoid penicillin, if it's important, you can find out if you have a "true" allergy by testing. ...Read more
Penicillin: Penicillin as advanced from Penicillin G to Penicillin V, which is more stable, to other products such as ampicillin, amoxicillin, piperacillin, dicloxacillin, nafcillin, oxacillin - these are all derivatives which are able to kill other bacteria species more effectively than Penicillin G or V. These advances are wonderful. ...Read more
Cold remedies: And stomach remedies may be taken with penicilin ...Read more
Penicillin: This antibiotic changed the world. Initially discovered by Dr. Fleming, from a mold contaminating his bacterial plates, to modern day drugs that save lives every day. It was discovered that 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA) was an important building block for penicillin. This can be modified further to create different forms (such as amoxicillin, pipericillin etc) to best design drugs to kill germs ...Read more