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How long do antibiotics take to kick in?

(4 Posts)
Lollypolly Thu 13-Jan-11 12:03:42

I went to the doc yesterday with pretty painful earache. As he couldn't see the eardrum due to a swollen ear canal, we prescribed antibiotic tablets - amoxycillin 500mg - to be taken 3 times a day for 7 days. I've had 5 doses now but no improvement. Sitting here in pain, popping panadol. When can I expect to feel better? hmm

thumbwitch Thu 13-Jan-11 12:08:05

I was told recently that antibiotics are not routinely prescribed for children's ear infections in Australia any more because they only reduce the infection duration by 1-2 days at most (so from 4-5 days, down to 3-4).

maybe tomorrow you'll feel better - but I woudl take a better painkiller if you can, with an anti-inflammatory - like ibuprofen or aspirin. Panadol isn't going to reduce the inflammation as it's not an anti-inflammatory.

Lollypolly Thu 13-Jan-11 12:15:50

Thanks thumbwitch - will look out for ibuprofen tomorrow grin

thumbdabwitch Fri 14-Jan-11 12:06:54

Hope you're feeling better today, Lollypolly!

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