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tonsils and pain killers and anti-biotics

Jenelle_James is off-line
08 August 2010 14:27
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i'm all confused, managed to get an appointment today for out of hours surgery, i have tonsilitus which i havent had for about 7 years, anyway i was given penicillin vk and forgot to ask if it was ok to continue taking paracetamol as and when i need it, does anyone here know if its ok?


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08 August 2010 14:47
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Penicillin is an Anti-Biotic and Paracetamol is an Analgesic so your fine to combine hem as long as you stick to the prescribed limits
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08 August 2010 14:48
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I would guess that it's a big no-no. I'm allergic to penicillin so I take paracetamol instead - therefore I think they're equally potent/effective. Try checking on the net-doctor site or ring NHS direct.


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14 August 2010 04:35
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Huh?
Penicillin is an antibiotic, that is a chemical which kills bacteria and hence gets rid of the infection.

Paracetamol is an analgesic, it blocks the pain receptors in the brain and so reduces the amount of pain you feel.

Taking paracetamol in the place of penicillin is not going to reduce the infection, just numb the pain that you feel from it.

In answer to the OP, there is absolutely no problem with taking the two together within their prescribed limits.


14 August 2010 04:58
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Ask a doctor or a qualified medical person. ............. Not an Internet forum, any Internet forum. Jesus H. emoticon



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14 August 2010 11:40
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Quote from Nick_Giles
Ask a doctor or a qualified medical person. ............. Not an Internet forum, any Internet forum. Jesus H. emoticon
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Or try a trusted online resource like NHS Choices


14 August 2010 11:53
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Best person to ask is usually a chemist, i always find them to be helpful.

Shouldn't be a problem, i've done it before, until they figured out i was allergic to penicillin.

EDIT - As a tonsilitis veteran i also highly reccomend the numbing throat sprays, again check with a chemist as to what is in them though.


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14 August 2010 11:57
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sorry guys but i posted this at a time where no chemist was open so nobody to ask, since so much rubbish gets posted on the forums i didnt see why it would be a problem me posting this,

all better now tho i just took the damn stuff in the end lol


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10 September 2010 14:34
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Quote from melrobson02
I would guess that it's a big no-no. I'm allergic to penicillin so I take paracetamol instead - therefore I think they're equally potent/effective. Try checking on the net-doctor site or ring NHS direct.



I'm allergic to penicillin too so the drs used to prescribe me Erythromycin (I say used to because I had my tonsils whipped out last year )

It's NEVER about not taking antibiotics, you have to be careful because if you take them too regularly, your body becomes immune to them and won't work!
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21 September 2010 08:17
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Quote from xxKimagexx
It's NEVER about not taking antibiotics, you have to be careful because if you take them too regularly, your body becomes immune to them and won't work!



Not quite. Your body doesn't become immune to antibiotics, it is the bacteria which the antibiotic is supposed to kill which develops a resistance to the antibiotic. So even other people over-using antibiotics is a problem, because the bacteria that they pass on to you has become resistant (e.g. MRSA).



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