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I am taking azithromycin (as z-pack) for a sinus infection; finished course this morning and I am improved but still congested. Will it keep working?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Long half life

Zithromax is a unique medicine that is taken for a shorter duration but continues to work for many days after taking the last pill.
If one's symptoms continue to improve, no problem. If one's symptoms worsen after the last pill, time to see your doctor again.

In brief: Long half life

Zithromax is a unique medicine that is taken for a shorter duration but continues to work for many days after taking the last pill.
If one's symptoms continue to improve, no problem. If one's symptoms worsen after the last pill, time to see your doctor again.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: No

Although Azithromycin is the most commonly used antibiotic prescribed in the us by general physicians, it is rarely recommended by ENT physicians.
It has no effect against nthi (non-typable haemophilus influenzae), a very common bacterial cause of acute otitis media and acute sinusitis. 98% of acute sinusitis is viral. Is the diagnosis correct? Could you just have a viral infection?

In brief: No

Although Azithromycin is the most commonly used antibiotic prescribed in the us by general physicians, it is rarely recommended by ENT physicians.
It has no effect against nthi (non-typable haemophilus influenzae), a very common bacterial cause of acute otitis media and acute sinusitis. 98% of acute sinusitis is viral. Is the diagnosis correct? Could you just have a viral infection?
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

If you are improving, the medicine stays in your system at a therapeutic level for a few days.
However although it stays in longer, the level is not therapeutic. Do not forget to keep hydrated and use nasal saline.

In brief: Yes

If you are improving, the medicine stays in your system at a therapeutic level for a few days.
However although it stays in longer, the level is not therapeutic. Do not forget to keep hydrated and use nasal saline.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Z pac stars working after you finsh the pills- for the next five days.
But z-pac is a over used drug , resistance is about25-40 %. If you are not a smoker and chronic respiratory/ dm , do not work in medical facility; it will work.

In brief: Yes

Z pac stars working after you finsh the pills- for the next five days.
But z-pac is a over used drug , resistance is about25-40 %. If you are not a smoker and chronic respiratory/ dm , do not work in medical facility; it will work.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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