Post # 1
So, I have a stupid question and I don’t know if any bees can help me out, but the pharmacist didn’t offer anything.
I went to the doc about a week ago with a sore throat. She gave me a prescription for azithromycin but told me to only take it if I notice patches on my throat (strep). No patches yet, but my throat is still sore.
I never filled the prescription because I wasn’t sure if I needed it. Now I’m wondering if I should just fill it and follow the course with the meds to see if they help.
That might be a stupid idea, I don’t know. I guess my question is, what happens if I take antibiotics and I don’t need them? Nothing?
ETA – If you look at my post history I look like I am a super insane hypochondriac. I’m not, I swear! Just been having a rough 2012 so far health-wise.
Post # 3
I develop antibiotics for a living.
Do not take them unless you actually have strep throat (aka the patches). Why they didn’t swab your throat and do an actual strep test is beyond me – that’s actually really irresponsible on their part. Taking antibiotics without having an infection causes both resistant bacteria, and changes the microflora in your intestines, which can do anything from cause discomfort to open you up to disease when new bacteria repopulate the intestine.
Are you having drainage at all? It is allergy season and drainage from your sinuses can cause bad sore throats.
Honestly, if it were me, i’d go back and demand a strep test from the doctor. It was really irresponsible of them to not do it in the first place.
Post # 4
@berybery: just call your doc.
Side note….alot of people get sore throats this time of year due to their allergies from the post nasal drip they experience. Make sure that’s in check. I know the pollen where I am at is crazy right now.
Post # 5
@crayfish: Thanks, exactly what I was looking for! I doubt I have strep – I think it’s probably allergy related. I was just getting nervous because the doctor was basically like, “You decide!” and then I was really unsure because seriously…I’m not trained in this stuff!
The clinic is really hit or miss, I guess it was a miss day for attentive doctoring. Or maybe I came across all smart and professional like and she thought I could handle meds on my own. I can’t, I need help from the bee haha.
I’m not going to cash in the prescription, I’ll wait it out and survive on Halls and head back to my GP if it’s still bothering me in a few.
Post # 6
@August252012: Thanks – You’re probably right about it potentially being allergy related. Was just kind of weirded out because I was basically told to take them when I diagnosed myself with strep haha. I’m not going to use them, it’s not worth the possible risks mentioned by the PP.
Post # 7
I agree with @crayfish: If you don’t have signs of a bacterial infection, you don’t need antibiotics.
Gargle with salt water for a viral caused sore throat- 1 tsp of salt in 8 oz warm water – you can do this hourly and it will help.
Post # 8
You should go get a strept culture done. Sometimes you can have strept without the spots and the reason strept gets treated isn’t because it hurts your throat, it’s because if it goes untreated it can cause other health complitcations. Demand a strept test, and NOT just the rapid, those are only like 60% reliable or something. Of course many other things can cause sore throats, but if it’s strept you need the antibiotics to help make sure you don’t get any complications. On a side note, unless you’ve recently (last 1-3 months) been on penicillin or have an allergy to it, typically pen v k is the treatment of choice for strept.
Post # 9
@memorialbride13: agreed. I just went to urgent care 2 days ago for a sore throat, and even though I didn’t have white patches it turned out it was strep and they gave me antibiotics to take right away.
Post # 10
I just wanted to say how amazing it is that we have so many different bees of so many professions here who can point us in the right direction.
And kind of scary that the doctor just send you on your way with minimal information! Like you said, you’d basically have to diagnose yourself! Sometimes I feel like they get so used to what they’re seeing every day that some things end up not taken seriously.. I mean, antibiotics are not like an aspirin you take when you feel a headache coming.
Post # 11
You should use raw honey to soothe the throat, and thyme with green tea helps strep throat. RAW honey is a natural antibiotic.
Post # 12
@SurferB: Oh that’s interesting… I didn’t know that! Would you get raw honey at a natural foods store?
OP, if you think it’s allergies, try an antihistamine first and see if that helps clear it up. If it’s truly allergies then that would be a better place to start.
If you do have to take antibiotics, you can take probiotics directly after completing the course. This will help the good bacteria in your body build up much quicker! Antibiotics are wonderful things, but I do avoid taking them unless absolutely necessary. Drug resistant bacteria are scary things…
Post # 13
@subbywife11: Yes, exactly. Make sure it hasn’t been heated and it states “raw” on the jar. (:
Post # 14
I am supposed to take antibiotics daily, but I don’t, in my opinion they should be taken when you are really sick, or else when you really need to take them they won’t be so effective.
Post # 15
This doctor’s practices scare me. Just saying. Antibiotics are a big deal and should never be used if unnecessary or (while I’m already on my soap box) stopped until medically directed to do so– no people (not op or anyone on this board) you cannot stop taking them just because you feel better. Uffda, that was much (= sorry for the medical vent.
OP – As others said, if you don’t have anything confirming you have strep, don’t take the pills. I am so glad you asked (=, very responsible of you.
Post # 16
I agree with all the PP who are stunned by this doctor’s behavior. How irresponsible! I would wait until you get an actual diagnosis, the fast test takes minutes so I don’t see why they didn’t do that.
It’s doctor’s like this that I want to mail a big old stack of MRSA research to and tell them to go fly a kite. :/