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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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Tonsillitis (Definition)

Tonsillitis is a condition in which there is a swelling of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. Common symptoms include fever, and sore throat, ...Read more


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What happens if tonsillitis does not clear up after a course of penicillin?

What happens if tonsillitis does not clear up after a course of penicillin?

Bacteria resistance: Tonsillitis can have different causes. Antibiotics are indicated for tonsillitis with a positive culture for strep. Some bacteria are resistant to penicillin causing antibiotic treatment failure. If the symptoms have not resolved after appropriate antibiotic therapy then re-check is indicated. Perhaps the cause is not bacterial. ...Read more

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How long does penicillins take to clearly tonsilitis. I'm on day 6/10.?

Depends: Most cases of tonsillitis are viral, so penicillin won't help. It should be used only when lab tests confirm that it's caused by strep. In thoses cases it doesn't really speed recovery; it just prevents complications. ...Read more

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I am allergic to penicillin and I have tonsillitis what should I do if surgery?

Alternatives: There are plenty of non-penicillin alternatives that can be used; Erythromycin is one of the most common. If you really need to be treated with a penicillin derivative, your allergist can desensitize you prior to starting the antibiotic. But it is always best to use an alternative so that you don't run the risk of having a penicillin reaction. ...Read more

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On penicillin for tonsillitis. Been on it before. How long does it take to notice side effects?

On penicillin for tonsillitis. Been on it before. How long does it take to notice side effects?

Side effects rare: Side effects are rare with penicillin. If it's oral, you could have diarrhea after a few days, but not if you had an injection. Most likely you have side effects at all. Overall chance of any side effects is under one in a hundred. ...Read more

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If you are allergic to penicillin , what would be your preferred drug to treat tonsillitis/pharyngitis ?

If you are allergic to penicillin , what would be your preferred drug to treat tonsillitis/pharyngitis ?

Other choices: If it is a bacterial infection, the most common antibiotic would be erythromycin or a similar drug. However, many cases PF pharyngitis are due to viruses and don't require any antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis so am taken penicillin, I have a migraine and my tablets for migraines contain aspirin is that ok?

I have tonsillitis so am taken penicillin, I have a migraine and my tablets for migraines contain aspirin is that ok?

It is OK: There is no drug interactions between these drugs. Always check with your doctor for specific medication interactions. Take care. ...Read more

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I am on penicillin 2000mg for tonsillitis. It's now my fourth day on them and I can smell it in my urine, is this normal?

I am on penicillin 2000mg for tonsillitis. It's now my fourth day on them and I can smell it in my urine, is this normal?

Entirely normal: Penicillin and related drugs (ampicillin, amoxicillin, and others) have a characteristic strong odor, and are excreted in the urine. Therefore, strong urine odor is normal when taking penicillin. No problem, nothing to worry about. But if you remain concerned, discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more