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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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HOW LONG DOES THE ANTIBIOTIC Z PACK STAY IN YOUR SYSTEM AFTER YOU TAKEN LAST ANTIOBIOTIC PILL?

HOW LONG DOES THE ANTIBIOTIC Z PACK STAY IN YOUR SYSTEM AFTER YOU TAKEN LAST ANTIOBIOTIC PILL?

Several days: The antibiotic azithromycin (also known as the z-pack) can last in your system for several days after finishing the course. This is because the drug has a long half-life. ...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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Which antibiotic is better for treating a UTI cipro (ciprofloxacin) or z pack?

Which antibiotic is better for treating a UTI cipro (ciprofloxacin) or z pack?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): Cipro (ciprofloxacin) would have a better chance of curing a UTI than would Azithromycin which is less active against gram negative enteric bacteria and does not achieve high levels in the urine. ...Read more

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I've been taking a Z-pack for 4 days and im scheduled to get a tattoo tomorrow. I am feeling better but can the antibiotic ruin my new tattoo?

I've been taking a Z-pack for 4 days and im scheduled to get a tattoo tomorrow. I am feeling better but can the antibiotic ruin my new tattoo?

Tattoo: I am unaware that a z-pack would cause problems with your tattoo. An ongoing infection could be a problem with wound infection, but if you are getting better that is unlikely. ...Read more

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I was on antibiotics (z pack) the 1st wk of period. I am also on orthotricyclen. Will my bc still be effective? I'm taking the second week now.

I was on antibiotics (z pack) the 1st wk of period. I am also on orthotricyclen. Will my bc still be effective? I'm taking the second week now.

Unlikely interference: it is highly unlikely that the Z pack that you took will interfere with the effectiveness of the ortho Tri-Cyclen, especially since you took it why you were on your menstrual period which is when you are taking the pills that have no Hormones in them. ...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. ?

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'm currently on z pack for my throat. This is my 3rd day on the antibiotic.I have an outdoor hockey game to attend tonight, if i go will it get worse?

I'm currently on z pack for my throat. This is my 3rd day on the antibiotic.I have an outdoor hockey game to attend tonight, if i go will it get worse?

Will what: Get worse? Your throat? Hard to tell what your doctor is treating so it's hard to counsel you about the natural course of the illness. If strep, and it is susceptible to vitamin z then 3 days should be sufficient to be over the worst part. ...Read more

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Could i take diflucan (fluconazole) which is for yeast infections while on the z pack which is the antibiotic?

Could i take diflucan (fluconazole) which is for yeast infections while on the z pack which is the antibiotic?

I would not: Combining these two medications can increase your risk of getting an irregular heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Can the medicine "cold-eeze" cause stomach pain if you're also taking the z-pack antibiotics?

Can the medicine "cold-eeze" cause stomach pain if you're also taking the z-pack antibiotics?

Possible: Cold-eeze is a zinc based lozenge, zinc can irritate the stomach, so food may neutralize symptoms. Also antibiotic not only kills the bad bacteria in your body but the good bacteria, especially in your gut. Consider taking probiotics. I love zinc for cold symptoms. There's some good evidence for this! ...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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What are the side effects of z pack (azithromyacin)?

What are the side effects of z pack (azithromyacin)?

Z-pack SE: Common side effects: diarrhea, nausea and headache. Serious side effects fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting and chest pain. ...Read more

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Zithromax z pack side effects?

Zithromax z pack side effects?

Gastrointestinal: The most common side effects people taking a z-pak experience are nausea and diarrhea. As many as 10% of people who take it get these symptoms. Second most common (about 2%) are itching, rash, crampy abdominal pain, vomiting and lack of appetite. ...Read more

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How long can the side effects from zithromax (z-pack) last ?

How long can the side effects from zithromax (z-pack) last ?

Zithromax Side Effec: Depends on what side effects you have question for, most of GI side effects like loose stools, stomach pain, nausea&vomiting can sometime persist more than week in some cases.Acute allergic reaction with difficulty breathin, tightness in chest& pain, irregular heart beat, rash, muscle weakness, wheezing, vision problemsetc, in some cases may persist>6 days.There are many more side effects, can you be specifi. ...Read more

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How much time can the side effects of zithromax (z-pack) last ?

Azithromycin: Most common side effect of Azithro is stomach upset, mild nausea. Often this can be minimized if taken with some food. Most side effects are short lived, though this can be highly variable, depending on the person and if taking with other medications. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

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Z Pak (Definition)

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