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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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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. Andrew Berry
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Z Pak (Definition)

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