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Doctor insights on: Stopping Penicillin

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What happens if you can't have a penicillin shot for syphilis?

What happens if you can't have a penicillin shot for syphilis?

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

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Effect of stopping 1 gram of penicillin V after a day upon realising you don't need it as have no symptoms except tonsil stone?

Effect of stopping 1 gram of penicillin V after a day upon realising you don't need it as have no symptoms except tonsil stone?

Shouldn't stop: This medication is used for strep throat and likely why it was given to you. As you point out a tonsil stone requires no treatment. However if you had a strep test that was positive, antibiotics are needed to lessen the chance of you getting rheumatic fever and subsequent rheumatic heart disease. Incidentally antibiotics may lessen birth control pill effectiveness, so plan accordingly. ...Read more

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What happens if you discover that the infection is viral can you stop taking the penicillin before the 10 days have passed?

What happens if you discover that the infection is viral can you stop taking the penicillin before the 10 days have passed?

Nothing happens: If the infection for sure is due to a virus, stopping penicillin or other antibiotics won't be a problem, and of course would reduce the possibility of side effects from the antibiotic. But check first with the doctor who prescribed it, to be sure it's a virus without a superimposed bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Will penicillin stop tonsil stones?

Will penicillin stop tonsil stones?

NO: Tonsil stones are a mechanical problem which has to do with accumulation of debris in the pits (crypts) of tonsils. Antibiotics may temporarily reduce surrounding irritation or any odor associated with the stones but will not cure the problem. Usually, there is no role for antibiotics in the treatment of stones. ...Read more

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Im on penicillin, and im kind of itchy.I took it in the past no problem.I feel fine, no swelling just some itching. Am i allergic? Should i stop?

Im on penicillin, and im kind of itchy.I took it in the past no problem.I feel fine, no swelling just some itching. Am i allergic? Should i stop?

Mild allergy: Many patients get itchy when taking penicillin. This is a common, mild allergic reaction. You are allergic but do not need to stop. If you ever experience wheezing, throat swelling or shortness of breath you should immediately stop penicillin and see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long or how many days does penicillin or antibiotics last in the body or blood stream after you stop taking them?

How long or how many days does penicillin or antibiotics last in the body or blood stream after you stop taking them?

Different for each: This varies widely, from a few hours (e.g. most oral penicillins, like amoxicillin) to around 10 days (e.g. azithromycin). The quinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin) and tetracyclines (e.g. doxycycline) typically are gone in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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How often can I take danzen 5mg and what is the best med u can recommend to stop post nasal drip. I'm allergic to penicillin. Thanks!

How often can I take danzen 5mg and what is the best med u can recommend to stop post nasal drip. I'm allergic to penicillin. Thanks!

Post nasal drip: I am not familiar with danzen but usually recommend antihistamine like Claritin or even Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for post nasal drip. A physician can write for a nasal steroid which is much more effective. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Bad odor with a discharge, no pain or anything. And a bath and feminine products don't stop the smell. I started taking penicillin v, will it help?

Bad odor with a discharge, no pain or anything. And a bath and feminine products don't stop the smell. I started taking penicillin v, will it help?

Bacterial vaginosis?: The main cause of strong vaginal odor, often with discharge, is bacterial vaginosis -- an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. Trichomonas, an STD, also does this; and other STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia are more common in BV. Feminine products or penicillin won't help and might make BV worse, and can screw up STD diagnosis. Treatment is available -- stop the penicillin and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can penicillin harm your body in any way? I have anxiety, and I"m afraid my heart will stop. Is this irrational anxiety? Not allergic to Penicillin

Can penicillin harm your body in any way? I have anxiety, and I"m afraid my heart will stop. Is this irrational anxiety? Not allergic to 
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Not a problem: Penicillin is an antibiotic. All medications are to be used appropriately. All medications can have side effects. Heart stoppage is not problem with penicillin since you are not allergic. This is an irrational anxiety ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection I'm on penicillin 4Xs a day I just started it 2day I can't get in2 the dentist until next week#40;Tuesday ) will this stop spreading?

I have a tooth infection I'm on penicillin 4Xs a day I just started it 2day I can't get in2 the dentist until next week#40;Tuesday ) will this stop spreading?

Maybe: If your situation is improving you can probably wait. If condition or swelling gets worse you should see a dentist, oral surgeon, or er at hospital asap. Not all infection respond to penicillin. ...Read more

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Should i stop taking antibiotics (penicillin vk500mg) if my tooth infection has cleared?

Should i stop taking antibiotics (penicillin vk500mg) if my tooth infection has cleared?

No: Once you begin a course of antibiotics, always finish taking the prescription as directed, even if the infection appears to have cleared up. This reduces the chance of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When you finish your prescription, ask you doctor if you should have further treatment to prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to penicillin. Was prescribed cephalexin for folliculitis. Stop taking it 3 days ago. Now I have hives all over. Delayed reaction?

I'm allergic to penicillin.  Was prescribed cephalexin for folliculitis.  Stop taking it 3 days ago.  Now I have hives all over. Delayed reaction?

Possible: A small % of people who are allergic to penicillin may also react to cephalosporin such as cephalexin. However, if your reaction did not occur until about 10 days after you started to take the medication, this may well be a true allergic reaction specific to cephalexin. ...Read more

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Day 2 of 10mL penicillin for mild tonsillitis which may have been viral, and I feel sick to my stomach. Persistent diarrhea, vomiting. Can I stop?

Day 2 of 10mL penicillin for mild tonsillitis which may have been viral, and I feel sick to my stomach. Persistent diarrhea, vomiting. Can I stop?

You should consult: with the doctor who prescribed the penicillin. But if you are vomiting, the drug is probably not getting into your system anyway. You need to be treated for the diarrhea and vomiting more urgently rather than mild tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Took penicillin VK 4xday X6days. Every day had chills, joint pain, sore throat and Ill feeling. Dr advised to stop taking. how long til I feel better?

Took penicillin VK 4xday X6days. Every day had chills, joint pain, sore throat and Ill feeling. Dr advised to stop taking. how long til I feel better?

Ill feeling: I really need more information to answer this question appropriately. I am not sure why you were on the antibiotics in the first place. Maybe you had a virus and you will get better soon. If you are not feeling better you will need to get on a nasal steroid to help the sore throat and the ill feeling. Take some Motrin for the joint pain. See how you feel in the next few days. good luck! ...Read more

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31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

Immunity problems: Some immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders don't fit well with named syndromes. Perhaps there is a name for yours, but not necessarily. I agree with the others' advice: Dr. Mahmood re possible IgG deficiency, Dr. Chu about WBC function, and Dr. Legha's comments about doctor shopping. Get an infectious diseases as well as allergy/immunology consultation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is penicillin?

What is penicillin?

Antibiotic: 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

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When does someone get penicillin?

When does someone get penicillin?

Penicillin: is used to treat bacterial infections when the organism is susceptible to it. ...Read more

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Can you dink while taking penicillin?

Can you dink while taking penicillin?

Yes: No problem taking penicillin class antibiotics with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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How long is a shot of penicillin good?

How long is a shot of penicillin good?

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

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What drugs has penicillin resulted in?

What drugs has penicillin resulted in?

Virtually all!: All modern antibiotics were developed based on the success of Penicillin, but they are not all considered the same class as penicillin. ...Read more