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Ear Infection... Help? user banned
7th Apr '13

Noah just got put on zpack for a nasty ear infection because he's allergic to penecillin. Two questions:



1. He's now complaining his other ear hurts too... just started his dose today. Will it take care of both if the other one is getting infected?



2. I just googled zpack to check the spelling and I'm finding all this terrible information about how it can be dangerous... are there alternatives?? Help please!

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
7th Apr '13

1. It will take care of both if the other one is infected, too.

2. Any medicine is potentially dangerous. With him being allergic to penicillin, that reduces your options a bit in what can be prescribed. He will most likely be fine. My son is allergic to azithromycin, so other than THAT, he did fine on it. I've been on it many times, too.

If you are REALLY uncomfortable about it, you could ask for an alternative, but I doubt they'd be any different, really.

user banned Due October 22; 17 kids; Dildo, 4998 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" 1. It will take care of both if the other one is infected, too. 2. Any medicine is potentially dangerous. ... [snip!] ... If you are REALLY uncomfortable about it, you could ask for an alternative, but I doubt they'd be any different, really."


I'm just really paranoid... all these studies on how the death risk is higher than other antibiotics... If I asked for an alternative because I'm uncomfortable with it do you think they'd give one or turn me away? :\

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting Mama Milk Machine!:" I'm just really paranoid... all these studies on how the death risk is higher than other antibiotics... ... [snip!] ... antibiotics... If I asked for an alternative because I'm uncomfortable with it do you think they'd give one or turn me away? :\"


Most likely they'll accept that and prescribe another, or they will discuss it with you until either you are comfortable with it or they prescribe another. They may refuse but I don't see that as terribly likely.

Your insurance might not want to pay for another unless it is simply not working or your son has a reaction, though, so be aware of that possibility.