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How long will it take for antibiotics to start working?

How long will it take for antibiotics to start working?

It depends: What is being treated, is it the right drug, are the bugs resistent, the health of the patient and other factors. No short answer. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Yes the antibiotics I'm taking are levofloxin. Shouldi stop working out?

Yes the antibiotics I'm taking are levofloxin. Shouldi stop working out?

Probably best: That you take it a bit easy, as fluoroquinolones, the antibiotic class of levofloxacin, is associated with tendon problems including rare achillles tendon ruptures. But if your are taking an antibiotic, it tells me you have some infection requiring treatment, and that independent of the antibiotic you are taking, you should be resting - though I wouldn't encouraged bed rest either. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for antibiotics to start working for a toothache?

How long is it supposed to it take for antibiotics to start working for a toothache?

See a dentist: You must treat the source of the infection, not only the symptoms. Therefore, you need to clean out the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria which is the source of the infection. The antibiotics cannot reach the source of the infection. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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I have colitis and the antibiotics are not working and i'm still in pain what do you suggest that i do?

See below: Have stool culture, c. Difficile toxin and ova and parasites checked. See a gastroenterologist and get a colonoscopy to determine what type of colitis you have so that it can be treated appropriately. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Any opinions on the "allicin" in garlic working as an alternative to antibiotics? Products like allimax, etc.

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Chance: If you had a severe infection, would you want something that had been studied to make sure it treats the infection, or something with vague claims and no solid scientific data in humans? ...Read more

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I have a headcold and a constant cough. I am taking an antibiotic but it doesn't seem to be working. What can I do next?

I have a headcold and a constant cough. I am taking an antibiotic but it doesn't seem to be working. What can I do next?

Rest and wait: Probably viral then and sometimes it takes awhile to clear. Otc meds can help symptoms, but won't make it go away quicker. Stay in contact with your doc to make sure you don't have a pneumonia. ...Read more

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What antibiotic to use if keflex isnt working?

Depends.: On what it isn't working for. It isn't ever supposed to work for viral infections like mono, and the second line drug depends on the type of infection for which Keflex failed. ...Read more