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Old 04-11-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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given bactrim for strep?

I went to the doctors today and tested positive for strep. Being that I am allergic to pcn and doxycycline I was given Bactrim. From what I read Bactrim does not treat strep throat. Has anyone else ever been given Bactrim for strep?

Old 04-11-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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Re: given bactrim for strep?

Lots of antibiotics will treat strep - it's just that some are more (or less) effective than others. And penicillin-based drugs are preferential for strep cases. My mom is allergic to penicillin among other drugs and they always have difficultly finding something she can take.

In any case, I can't remember for sure, but I want to say I have taken Bactrim for strep. I took lots of different antibiotics because I got such frequent infections that they would try different medications in hopes that one of them would knock it out better. I would just take it and if you aren't feeling significantly better in a few days, then it would be time to call the doctor and let them know how it's working so they can try something else. But I imagine they gave you what they thought would be most effective considering your allergies. Hope you feel better soon!

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