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Diagnosed a week ago for middle ear infx. And finished 3 day z-pack- 500mg. Still having terrible ear pain- when will it stop?

Diagnosed a week ago for middle ear infx. And finished 3 day z-pack- 500mg. Still having terrible ear pain- when will it stop?

See Dr. again: It sounds like the Z pack may not have gotten rid of the infection and you may need another antibiotic. The only way to know for sure is to have your ears re-examined -- and the sooner, the better! ...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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I have a cold and can't hear out of both of my ears. What should I do? I have already been prescribed a z pack and it didn't work.

I have a cold and can't hear out of both of my ears. What should I do? I have already  been prescribed a z pack and it didn't work.

Decongestant: You might try saline irrigation using a neti-pot (ask your friendly pharmacist), or get some Pseudoephedrine or nasal steroid spray or all of the above. If this does not work see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I am on my 2nd day of z-pack and have developed a new symptom ,ear pain, if this is an ear infection will z-pack still help?

I am on my 2nd day of z-pack and have developed a new symptom ,ear pain, if this is an ear infection will z-pack still help?

If...: If you are having an ear infection Z-pack could also help as long as this is related to a bacterial infection. If viral or related to something else it will not. If not better after a few days or pain is severe see your doctor again for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Was rx'd z pack 250 for sinus w/ear infection. After 5 days no improvement. Was then rx'd augmentum 875. Safe to take with z pack still in my system?

Sinustis.: Zithromax is not a good medicine for sinus infection. Bugs causing this type of infections are resistant to this medicine. This medicine may cause arrhythmias and other heart problems.Recent guideline stresses upon not to use it for infections which can be treated with other antibiotics. Augmenting is an excellent choice. You can take it safely. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with an ear infection: prescribed amoxicillin, took it. Didn't work after a week. Prescribed a z pack, took it. A week later it still hurts?

Diagnosed with an ear infection: prescribed amoxicillin, took it. Didn't work after a week. Prescribed a z pack, took it. A week later it still hurts?

Otitis media: Infections can be caused by viruses and bacteria. Given your poor response to the antibiotics several things could have occurred. You may well have killed the bacteria causing the inner ear event...but the inflammation from the infection takes longer to resolve. Its also very possible that this was a viral infection..therefore no antibiotics will work. ...Read more

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Been sick for 7 days hacking green mucas, cough is gone but now have a lot pressure around nose and eyes and ears are stuffed. Took z pack 5 day nohelp?

Sinus infection: Sounds like a sinus infection despite the z pak which occasionally does not cover it, most sinus infections will resolve on their own, try a decongestant/mucous thinner combination like Mucinex (guaifenesin) d for instance and give it some time. ...Read more

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41, had c diff after a z pack. terrified what i will do if i need antibio again. i tend to get ear & sinus infections. are antibios ok in the future?

41, had c diff after a z pack. terrified what i will do if i need antibio again. i tend to get ear & sinus infections. are antibios ok in the future?

Abx OK.: You may not have C diff again with repeat antibiotics. BUT you should only be given antibiotics for proven infections. Anyone who gets recurrent ear and sinus infections requiring antibiotics should be evaluated by an ENT or Infectious Disease doc to prevent unnecessary treatment. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection. I took a z pack bc i'm allergic to amoxicillin. Now i still can't hear. What now?

I have an ear infection. I took a z pack bc i'm allergic to amoxicillin. Now i still can't hear. What now?

Decongestant: You do not say if you were seeing a doctor. It would always be helpful to be examined by a professional. You might try a decongestant to open up the throat end of the eustacian tube which drains from the middle ear. If this does not work see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have fluid behind the ear drum and i have taken fluticasone, Zyrtec, (cetirizine) and sudafed, none of its working would be ok to try a z-pack?

I have fluid behind the ear drum and i have taken fluticasone, Zyrtec, (cetirizine) and sudafed, none of its working would be ok to try a z-pack?

Fluid behind the ear drum: Sounds like allergies and you have been trying appropriate treatment. Take a Z pack only if prescribed by your physician for possible ear infection. ...Read more

Z Pak (Definition)

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