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Strep Throat/Cough - Z-Pak Tashara: Just Me 34 kids; Melvindale, Michigan 14137 posts
15th Apr '13

It's been a long while since I've asked a question here...and yes I know, there's always google but I'd like answer from real experiences....

I have never been prescribed this before...The Z-pak. I have a bad cough and strep and it's the pits. My doctor is calling this in the pharmacy for me but I want to still be able to work. Yeah, yeah, pretty selfish of me. But I sit kind of away from everyone else and I HAVE to come to work (long story another time another day perhaps). Anyway, has anyone ever had this medication? Does it make you drowsy or anything? Will I still be alert enough to work and take care of my LO's? I mean they're 12 and 4 and my oldest is pretty great about keeping an eye out for his little sister, but I still need to be alert, kwim? Especially with DH working overtime all this week plus going to class on the nights he doesn't.

Thanks in advance ladies.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29537 posts
15th Apr '13

You will still be able to work and take care of your kids. :) Feel better!

user banned Due October 22 (boy); 17 kids; Dildo, 4998 posts
15th Apr '13

My two year old was just recently on it for a double ear infection because he's allergic to penicillin. It did nothing for the ear infection but it made his belly hurt really bad, gave him chest pains and made it hurt when he poops. I was told these symptoms can and probably will last for the next month by the pedi. He finished his five day prescription a few days ago and his belly and chest still hurt and he's afraid to poop because it hurts.



No Zpack ever, ever again. :evil:

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
15th Apr '13

No drowsiness but as with other antibiotics it may have an effect on your stomach and intestines. Wash your hands a lot as strep is very contagious. No kisses or breathing in faces.

Turtley Mikey Due October 31; 2 kids; California 50611 posts
15th Apr '13

First time I was prescribed it was in November when I had pneumonia. I had a five day. It ended up giving me a yeast infection, needless to say, I was pretty miserable. Then last month I had bronchitis bad and I was prescribed something similar to the z-pak and luckily that didn't give me another yeast infection.

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting Mrs. God of Thunder:" First time I was prescribed it was in November when I had pneumonia. I had a five day. It ended up ... [snip!] ... had bronchitis bad and I was prescribed something similar to the z-pak and luckily that didn't give me another yeast infection."

Yeast infections are pretty typical on antibiotics. I always ask for a diflucan if I get an antibiotic, because I ALWAYS get a yeast infection.

Turtley Mikey Due October 31; 2 kids; California 50611 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting [JadeLee]:" Yeast infections are pretty typical on antibiotics. I always ask for a diflucan if I get an antibiotic, because I ALWAYS get a yeast infection."



Yep, and usually I ALWAYS get one. Except this last time. I kept waiting, but it never came.