tonsils and pain killers and anti-biotics

tonsils and pain killers and anti-biotics

12 posts
8 Aug 2010
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?

Posted 8 Aug 2010
Mark_Time
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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

Posted 8 Aug 2010
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.

Posted 8 Aug 2010
Edited by melrobson02 8 Aug 2010
EdT
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EdT
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.

Posted 14 Aug 2010
Nick_Giles
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Ask a doctor or a qualified medical person. ............. Not an Internet forum, any Internet forum. Jesus H. emoticon



Nick

Posted 14 Aug 2010
EdT
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EdT
Nick_Giles

Ask a doctor or a qualified medical person. ............. Not an Internet forum, any Internet forum. Jesus H. emoticon
Nick


Or try a trusted online resource like NHS Choices
Posted 14 Aug 2010
Edited by EdT 14 Aug 2010
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.
Posted 14 Aug 2010
Edited by JadedRed 14 Aug 2010
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

Posted 14 Aug 2010
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!
Posted 10 Sep 2010
EdT
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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).
Posted 21 Sep 2010
cziiki
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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.
that's just nutty! paracetamol reduces inflamation and pain. penicillin slows down bacteria so your body can defend itself against infection. there is no relation between the actions f these two. go to your doctor straight away! I am also allergic to penicillin (went blue as a baby) so I know there is a huge range of antibiotics you can take nowadays. They totally mess with you gut flora though and might one day give you Crone's disease so avoid unless essential to save your life!
Posted 21 Sep 2010
Also - change your toothbrush once your infection is gone.
I had tonsilitis 15 times in 12 months a few years back (had my tonsils out after that!!!).
My doctor mentioned that changing my toothbursh may help.
Think about it...

Toothbrush -> Mouth.
Mouth = Bacteria from infection
Bacteria from infection -> Toothbrush
Toothbrush -> Mouth again....

It's logical but something that not many people think about!

Hope you get better! x
Posted 21 Sep 2010
Edited by HannahAshlea 21 Sep 2010
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