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Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Do antibiotics make you tired?

Do antibiotics make you tired?

Not quite: It's not the antibiotics that make you tired but the infection that they're fighting. It would seem that it's the antibiotics but you don't take antibiotics any other time.

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Dr. Diane Minich Dr. Minich
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Why do antibiotics make you feel so tired?

Why do antibiotics make you feel so tired?

See below: Probably not the antibiotic but rather the infection you are taking the antibiotic for.

Dr. Jose Prieto-hernandez Dr. Prieto-hernandez
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Do most antibiotics make you get tired easily?

Do most antibiotics make you get tired easily?

No: Quinolone like Ciprofloxacin sometimes due the opposite and you feel more energetic So are activators or uppers!

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
27 years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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After typhoid treatment of 7 days I am still feeling chill and tiredness some times (but no fever), should I continue with the antibiotic (from asia)?

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
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After typhoid treatment of 7 days I am still feeling chill and tiredness some times (but no fever), should I continue with the antibiotic (from asia)?

Accurate diagnosis?: The question is how was typhoid diagnosed? If by culture, then maybe it is resistant to the antibiotic prescribed. Another possibility is that you're getting better slowly (a temperature chart would be helpful). If no culture was done or the culture was negative, then maybe it's not typhoid.

Dr. Kenneth Grossman Dr. Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Can taking antibiotic make you tired?

Can taking antibiotic make you tired?

Many reasons: Usually you feel tired due to the infection that has caused you to need the antibiotic. Some antibiotics can cause side affects that could contribute, such as diarrhea. Consult w your dr. If you are overly tired while on certain meds!

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Why do antibiotics make me tired and achy?

Why do antibiotics make me tired and achy?

Doubtful....: Few if any antibiotics have this kind of side effect. I would be more suspicious of symptoms of the infection being treated, or with a psychological reaction to that infection or the drug. Discuss it with the doctor who prescribed the antibiotic. Good luck!

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Does too much antibiotics drugs make me feel tired?

Does too much antibiotics drugs make me feel tired?

Antibiotics: Fatigue can be caused by many factors, and if you are wondering if the antibiotics caused the fatigue it is possible. Underlying infection can also cause fatigue, as can anemia, thyroid disease, cardiac problems, and many other things. To narrow down the diagnosis it is worth seeing your primary care doctor.

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Diagnosed bronchitis 2wks ago (sick for 2mnths), had 2 rounds antibiotics. How long till I feel better? Get tired very easy still!

Diagnosed bronchitis 2wks ago (sick for 2mnths), had 2 rounds antibiotics. How long till I feel better? Get tired very easy still!

Depends: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you.

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Taking antibiotics, makes one feels tired?

Taking antibiotics, makes one feels tired?

Yes: Some antibiotics can sometimes cause a feeling of fatigue. Of course, the infection for which you are receiving the antibiotic could also be the cause.

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I am on an antibiotic for a sinuse infection and I find I feel tired. Should I continue taking it?

Do't stop.: If you have a real bacterial infection of course you should continue. Notify your doc of the symptoms you are having but don't stop unless they tell you to do so. Your tiredness may be coming from the underlying infection.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Can antibiotics make you feel drowsy, sleepy or tired?

Can antibiotics make you feel drowsy, sleepy or tired?

Yes, it can happen: I've certainly experienced it and so have my patients. I think it often is masked by the fatigue symptoms of the condition for which it is prescribed. Also, I think the new exotic super strong antibiotics might be even more likely to do this than the old penicillin. Some innocent bacteria, etc. Get killed by the drug like unintended war casualties and can imbalance your systems a bit. Get well!

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Dr. Vaughn Dobalian Dr. Dobalian
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Take amoxillin 500 antibiotics. Cause me nosebleeding and make me very tired. Should I stop to take it?

Take amoxillin 500 antibiotics. Cause me nosebleeding and make me very tired. Should I stop to take it?

Not from Medication: The fatigue and nose bleeds are probable from your body fighting infection and not from amoxicillin, see your Doctor right away and don't blame the medicine, it is always something else!!

Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What can I do if I have bronchiectasis and am suffering from everyday mucus brownish in color and am tired of antibiotics?

What can I do if I have bronchiectasis and am suffering from everyday mucus brownish in color and am tired of antibiotics?

A hard row to hoe: In bronchiectasis bronchi lose underlying structural support compromising mucous clearance from the lung resulting recurrent bronchitis, pneumonia & progressive loss of lung function. Treatment includes postural drainage, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, mucous thinners & antibiotics. Explore causes: smoking, immunodeficiency, cystic fibrosis, å1 antitrypsin deficiency. Some get lung transplants.

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Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Can echinacea goldenseal help with my recurring sinus and cold issues? Are there any risk? So tired of antibiotics and shots

Can echinacea goldenseal help with my recurring sinus and cold issues? Are there any risk? So tired of antibiotics and shots

Can try it: You can try it. It will help treat your symptoms and is non toxic. Let your doctor know you are using it and if you get worse be checked. All the best, feel better.

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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can antibiotic cipro (ciprofloxacin) make you tired?

Can antibiotic cipro (ciprofloxacin) make you tired?

Not likely.: Not usual, but even placebo makes 10 percent of people tired. Maybe the infection for which you are taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is causing you to be tired.

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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My cough still isn't goin away even tho im on antibiotics I can't even work properly because im always tired and weak should I stop takin antibiotics?

My cough still isn't goin away even tho im on antibiotics I can't even work properly because im always tired and weak should I stop takin antibiotics?

ASk your TX dr.: You should not stop any medication without first discussion with your treating Dr. Make an appt to discuss your treatment as well as to continue to get other possible causes of your cough investigated. Best wihses. L

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have been sick for over 3 weeks;diagnosed with strep, completed 2 rounds antibiotics. Glands are still swollen and am excessively tired. Suggestion?

I have been sick for over 3 weeks;diagnosed with strep, completed 2 rounds antibiotics. Glands are still swollen and am excessively tired. Suggestion?

Infectious mono?: This sounds suspicious for infectious mono, especially as it started with a sore throat; the strep may have been hangers-on rather than the cause. It may also be CMV or even toxoplasmosis; if it could be hiv, alert your physician.

Dr. Anthony Rooklin Dr. Rooklin
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
45 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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About three weeks ago I was on antibiotics for bronchitis. Or phneumonia. I still have a violent cough am extremely tired and now have lime greephlegm?

About three weeks ago I was on antibiotics for bronchitis. Or phneumonia. I still have a violent cough am extremely tired and now have lime greephlegm?

Still infected: The history of continuing cough with the discolored phlegm makes me concerned that you may be only partially treated. I would check with your doctor and consider another course of antibiotics and would choose a different class of antibiotic if in fact another course is to be prescribed as you may have a resistant organism to the first one used.