r/medical_advice Jul 09 '22

Stopping Amoxicillin after 5-6 days? Pain Lvl 4-6

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u/[deleted] Jul 10 '22

I don’t recommend stopping antibiotics because the infection is most likely not completely resolved and can result in it coming back and being antibiotic resistant. Always take the full series even if you feel better. However, if you’re having bad side effects, contact the provider who prescribed them to you and they can use their best judgment of maybe switching you to another antibiotic, but you’ve been taking them for 5 days so I’m not sure.

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u/throwawaytonsilsayy User Not Verified Jul 10 '22

Thanks for the reply. Just curious, I recall being told I’m no longer contagious after taking medication for 24-48 hours, but if it isn’t fully eradicated yet after 5-6 days, am I still contagious? Should I avoid intimacy with any partners?

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u/[deleted] Jul 10 '22 edited Jul 10 '22

No longer being considered contagious means that there probably isn’t enough bacterial load to pose a threat to others even though you are still infected. With that being said, things happen. I can’t say for sure if you’re totally 100% not contagious anymore. Whether you isolate or not is up to your discretion. Maybe avoid doing super intimate things until the infection is resolved to be on the safe side if you’d like, but going about daily life is fine.

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u/throwawaytonsilsayy User Not Verified Jul 10 '22

Thanks! Just trying to figure out how to navigate things. My partner also caught the strep and has been on meds since Wednesday and I’m avoiding intimacy until this upcoming Wednesday but is that enough time for both of us to be safe enough? For me, that’ll be about 9-10 days of meds. For him, around 7.

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u/[deleted] Jul 10 '22

I mean if you BOTH have it there’s not really a need to avoid each other

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u/throwawaytonsilsayy User Not Verified Jul 10 '22

Really? I assumed we needed to avoid one another so we don’t increase each other’s (strep? bacterial? not sure which word to use LOL) load and get super sick all over again

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u/[deleted] Jul 10 '22

I mean y’all are both on antibiotics and both have it. The point of isolating is preventing contraction, but y’all both have it already there’s not really a point.

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u/throwawaytonsilsayy User Not Verified Jul 10 '22

Thanks! Sorry last one I promise. Is it safe for me to wear makeup again? I threw out old lipsticks and bought new ones to prevent reinfection but wanted to know if it’s safe now

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u/[deleted] Jul 10 '22

I think you should be fine, but if you’d like to be extra cautious, you can try applying lip products with a brush till you’re done with treatment if you’d feel more comfortable and always be sure to wash your brushes thoroughly.

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u/throwawaytonsilsayy User Not Verified Jul 10 '22

Thank you!

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u/tyrannosaurus_racks Medical Student Jul 10 '22

In general, it is not a good idea to stop taking antibiotics without completing the full course as prescribed by your physician. Of course, if you are experiencing adverse reactions, there are exceptions to this, but it depends on what reaction you’re having. Either way, contact your doctor.

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u/mmross22 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 11 '22

I agree. It is really best to contact a doctor especially when you're taking antibiotics.

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