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How long after going on azithromycin for strep can you go back to work?

How long after going on azithromycin for strep can you go back to work?

24-48 hours: As long as afebrile you can go back to work after 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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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2 zpacks for strep. Throat still red not hurting. Blow nose clear. Tiny pin size white dot on tonsil doesn't hurt. How long before throat isn't red?

2 zpacks for strep. Throat still red not hurting. Blow nose clear. Tiny pin size white dot on tonsil doesn't hurt. How long before throat isn't red?

Red throat.: If you took two Z-packs and you still feel sick in some fashion, then you need a re-evaluation to determine if a different antibiotic may be needed. Or if testing may be indicated. ...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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How long does it take to get over strep throat using azithromycin?

Poor choice: Strep throat is best treated by one shot of benzathine penicillin or 5-day course of cefdinir. For individuals with penicillin allergy, Azithromycin is recommended but at higher doses to be effective. ...Read more

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Strep throat and wanted 2 know how long it'll take to swallow comfortably again (prescribed Zithromax z pack)& is oatmeal and hot wheat cereal ok 2 eat?

Strep throat and wanted 2 know how long it'll take to swallow comfortably again (prescribed Zithromax z pack)& is oatmeal and hot wheat cereal ok 2 eat?

Yes: The reason Y we worry about sore throats caused by group A beta hemolytic streptococci is that, if untreated, 1-3% go on to develop rheumatic heart disease. Unless you are allergic to penicillin it has been found to be sensitive (killed by it) to pen since 1947! Unless you have a problem with oatmeal, eat it. Pain should disappear quickly. Can take Ibuprofen 4 pain in mean time. ...Read more

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I was given Azithromycin 250mg 6 tablets for my sinus infection and strep throat. I've been on the medication almost 3 days but the white/yellowish curd is still there. How long does it take to see results? I'm feeling mildly better. Thank you

Side Effect: Sounds like a fungal overgrowth due to the medication. You need to reconnect with the prescriber and they can go from there.
Using Probiotics, yogurt may help restore the normal flora in the tract. ...Read more

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Zpack for strep, when will I feel better?

Less thana week: Antibiotics aren't very effective at shortening the course of strep throat. They're given mainly to prevent some uncommon complications, such as rheumatic fever or kidney complications. The symptoms almost always go away within a week whether you take antibiotics or not. ...Read more

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Is Azithromycin (7Day zpack) ever prescribed for strep?

Is Azithromycin (7Day zpack) ever prescribed for strep?

Yes: Zithromax (Zpak, azithromycin) is usually effective against strep throat germs, so surely a doctor somewhere has prescribed a 7-day course for treating strep throat. The usual course of Zithromax for strep throat is 5 days, but taking another 2 days should not cause any problems. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with strep via culture. Put on 7 day zpack, finished Sun w/improvement. This a.m. woke w/ large painful swollen right lymph on neck. Help!

Diagnosed with strep via culture. Put on 7 day zpack, finished Sun w/improvement. This a.m. woke w/ large painful swollen right lymph on neck. Help!

Swollen lymph nodes: Are an expected consequence of significant infections, and may not be in and of itself a bad thing. The lymph node enlargement should gradually reduce in size over the next few weeks. If it does not go away, or continues to enlarge, you may need to watch for other symptoms of occult infection, such as oral thrush or another bacterial infection. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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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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Strep test came back negative but took zpack for 3 days nothing happened now I'm on my 2nd day of amoxicillin but still have puss pockets and sore thr?

Strep test came back negative but took zpack for 3 days nothing happened now I'm on my 2nd day of amoxicillin but still have puss pockets and sore thr?

Pharyngitis: Persistent throat infection needs to be reevaluated by your doctor. The 3 days of zpak was less than the optimal duration of 5 days, and if the throat infection is due to a bacteria that is resistant to zithromycin then 2 days of Amoxicillin is too soon to determine failure of the antibiotic. Was a throat culture obtained? ...Read more

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Had strep was on zpack. Back 2day to dr still have 2white spots on throat. Back on zpack. Is it normal 2 have 2 take 2 doses to clear up?

Had strep was on zpack. Back 2day to dr still have 2white spots on throat. Back on zpack. Is it normal 2 have 2 take 2 doses to clear up?

Needs more time: It always takes at least a few days and sometimes a week or more for strep infection sympotoms to clear up with antibiotics. Give it more time. Take all the drug as directed. (Azithromycin [Z-pack]) is very long lasting; 5 days treatment means it will still be in your system and working for another 7-10 days. ...Read more

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I finished zpack Monday for strep. My throat started hurting again today and I realized I didn't change my toothbrush. Can I have strep again?

I finished zpack Monday for strep. My throat started hurting again today and I realized I didn't change my toothbrush. Can I have strep again?

No need, no worry: There was no need to change your toothbrush. It won't have any effect. Anyway, your strep cannot come back this soon; the azithromycin (Z-pak) is in your system for 10 days after the last dose. Speak with your doctor if sore throat continues. ...Read more

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I finished the zpack yesterday for a dental procedure. My throat is very sore, is it possible to have strep even though I just was on the zpack?

Questionable med: Z-pak is not a primary antibiotic to be used for an oral infection. Your dentist should have prescribed penicillin unless your are allergic to penicillin. If allergic, then a prescription of clindamycin should nave been prescribed. ...Read more

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On round 2 of zpack for strep. 2 small white spots on throat otherwise red throat. Not cultured on 2nd trip. Could it be viral?

Viral?: Viral infections are generally self-limited, lasting an average of 3 to 5 days before resolving on their own. Given that you’re on the second round of Z pack, you have been sick presumably for at least five days and probably longer, reducing the chance that this is a simple viral infection. You might need a different choice of antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have strep throat and was prescribed a zpack 5 day dose. I also have a uti which a different Dr prescribed vibramycin 100 mg. Can I take both?

No: I would not take both. Speak with your doctor that prescribed the antibiotic for the UTI and tell them you are already on a zpack or vice versa. ...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. Took 3 pills250 clarithromycin had to stop due to mouth itching. Got through two days of zpack and itching. Enough to kill it?

I have strep throat. Took 3 pills250 clarithromycin had to stop due to mouth itching. Got through two days of zpack and itching. Enough to kill it?

Maybe/maybe not: There are some strains that are relatively resistant to that family of antibiotics. A partial treatment may be too brief and you may remain contageous. You might check back with your doc and see if s/he will send out something else. ...Read more

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Strep symptoms. Took 500mg of zithromax last night. This morning dr wanted swab for gonorrhea. Will it be accurate?

Strep symptoms. Took 500mg of zithromax last night. This morning dr wanted swab for gonorrhea. Will it be accurate?

Maybe...: Gonorrhea can cause sore throat, but it's rare; most oral gonorrhea causes no symptoms at all. A throat swab test will be accurate it it's a DNA test (also called nucleic acid amplification test, NAAT), accurate forup to a week even after treatment. But some labs do culture for throat testing, which could be negative because of the antibiotic. ...Read more

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I got dx w/pharingitis. The strep test was negative, but the NP went ahead and rx a Z-Pak. If this were viral and not bacterial, would meds harm me?

I got dx w/pharingitis. The strep test was negative, but the NP went ahead and rx a Z-Pak. If this were viral and not bacterial, would meds harm me?

Excellent question: There are 2 points I wish to make. First, if you have a viral infection, placing you on an antibiotic may be harmful because you are killing off "good" bacteria in the nasopharynx. Secondly, azithromycin is not a good choice for UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS because this drug is not effective against NTHI. Finally, a rapid strep test only rules out Strep. A regular throat culture better. ...Read more

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Strep isn't getting any better taking azithromycin. Can I start taking amoxicillin too?

Strep isn't getting any better taking azithromycin. Can I start taking amoxicillin too?

Throat: A physician might decide on obtaining a throat culture and sensitivity to see if your bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic that was currently prescribed. He may also decide to switch antibiotics to see if the bacteria is susceptible to another medicine. It would be advised to proceed under the guidance of a physician. Have a great day. ...Read more

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I'm on z pak (azithromycin) for strep. On the 1st day I threw up an hour after taking my dosage. Did I lose that dosage? I'm on my 3rd day, and still don't feel great

Strep throat?: The purpose of antibiotics for streptococcal infections of the throat is not to reduce symptoms (they will seldom alter the normal course of illness), but rather to prevent post-streptococcal complications like acute rheumatic fever. Don't know how the diagnosis was made, but sometimes viral infections can be confused with strep and vice-versa. ...Read more