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What are the drawbacks of taking z-pack antibiotics?

What are the drawbacks of taking z-pack antibiotics?

Diarrhea...: ...Is the most common. Allergy, cardiac effects, other problems are possible but extremely rare. The biggest concern, of course, is helping bacteria become resistant, but since Azithromycin is never used to treat very serious infections, this is less of a problem than with other antibiotics. ...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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Can i take the z pack antibiotic with Advocare products?

Can i take the z pack antibiotic with Advocare products?

Depends Which Ones: Some of advocare's products are compatible but do not take it with one of the 12 or 24 day challenge products or cleanses. In that case, wait till you are done with your zpak. It is safe to use their probiotic or spark products. Advocare is responsive and advises not to take medications within several hours of using their fiber products. Absorption can be impacted and this is wise advice. ...Read more

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Just finished z pack antibiotic. How long do I wait before getting prolactin test and 24 hr urnine test?

Just finished z pack antibiotic. How long do I wait before 
getting prolactin test and 24 hr urnine test?

Wait a week: Azithromycin may increase measurable levels of prolactin. This drug has a fairly long half-life, so that 5 days of therapy may give levels for 10 days. Waiting one week after stopping should yield levels of Azithromycin that are unlikely to affect prolactin. To be sure, might consider waiting 2 weeks. ...Read more

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On z pack antibiotic and BC. Last 2 days on zpack, is spermicide good backup for BC? When can you be unprotected again?

On z pack antibiotic and BC. Last 2 days on zpack, is spermicide good backup for BC? When can you be unprotected again?

B/U not needed...: Most common antibiotics, such as the Z-pack won't keep your birth-control from working. You can use a back-up method if this makes you more comfortable but it really isn't necessary with the Z-pack. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with strep throat. I subsequently completed a round of z-pack antibiotics. I still have the congestion and a cough which I?

I was recently diagnosed with strep throat.  I subsequently completed a round of z-pack antibiotics.  I still have the congestion and a cough which I?

Viral URI?: How was strep throat confirmed? Over 90% of throat infections are viral, which do not respond to antibiotics. Strep is less common at your age and with presence of a cough. Even with confirmed strep it is possible to have other symptoms linger. A Z-pack is also not the antibiotic of choice, and should only be used in patients with penicillin allergy. Try an OTC cough medicine and decongestant, ...Read more

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I have drug induced liver damage. Just finished a z pack antibiotic, feeling nausea and shaky and a since of mot feeling well what should I do?

Live: Antibiotics commonly cause these symptoms. Take a probiotic or some yogurt; stay well hydrated. If you have other symptoms then you may want to contact your physician on monday. Also if you have a liver history please throw away any product you have with acetominophen in it and promise all of us that you will never take this liver damaging product again. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep yesterday & taken 3 doses of the z pack of antibiotic. fever still keeps coming back every 6-7 hours since Sunday night. ?

I was diagnosed with strep yesterday & taken 3 doses of the z pack of antibiotic. fever still keeps coming back every 6-7 hours since Sunday night. ?

Strep Throat: Pharyngitis is not adequately treated with a simple "Z-Pak". Assuming you are allergic to Penicillin - and can not take the usual preparations of Penicillin or Amoxicillin, preferably Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) would normally recommend a "double- dose Z-pak" ie- 500 mg daily for 5 days, Check back soon with your regular provider for reassessment. ...Read more

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I took a z pack of antibiotics on 9/24/12 have had mood swings head aches and unprotected sex since first week of antibiotics could i be pregnant?

I took a z pack of antibiotics on 9/24/12 have had mood swings head aches and unprotected sex since first week of antibiotics could i be pregnant?

Yes: Any time someone (female) has unprotected sex, she can get pregnant. Recent studies suggest that most antibiotics (except rifampin) do not decrease effectiveness of birth control pills. But it's difficult to claim early pregnancy as cause of mood swings & headaches. If you're concerned, any over-the-counter home pregnancy test can give you an answer 4 weeks after your last menstrual period. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Z Pak (Definition)

Z-Pak is a macrolide which is a kind of anti-bacterial ...Read more