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Old 06-23-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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2. Each bacteria will have a specific antibiotic (in some cases, a few antibiotics) to which it's most susceptible, so an antibiotic against one bacterial infection may not be effective against another - which is one reason why it should be prescribed by a clinician.
This is good in theory, but every time I've ever had a doctor prescribe antibiotics for me, they evaluate symptoms and then just write out a prescription for amoxicillin. Nobody is testing the bacteria to see which antibiotic to prescribe, just prescribing a broad spectrum antibiotic and telling me to come back if I don't feel better in a week. (In other words, if that antibiotic doesn't work, come back and we'll see if we can knock it out with something else.)
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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There is a really bad, hard hitting for about 48-72 hours gastrointeritius going around and there are also a LOT of folks dealing with some kind of upper resp issues...it is really weird for this time of the year for both. I have been a nurse here for a LOT of years and have not seen both so prevalent at the same time this time of the summer ever that I can remember....
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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Y'all stay far away from me... I have an international flight in 3-weeks!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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I know it's a weird time of year but has anyone noticed people coming down with the flu? My grown daughter is having a heck of a time with nausea and problems that are keeping her in the bathroom a lot. At this point she is dehydrated and felt badly enough to go to the ER and I am just waiting to hear from her.
The exact same thing happened to me 2 weeks ago. I became extremely nauseated and so dehydrated that I passed out. Got some fluids in my system and then had hypothermia. Took me a while to get better, but I'm good now.

Sorry your daughter has to go through that. I believe what I went through was due to food poisoning or a stomach bug.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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This is good in theory, but every time I've ever had a doctor prescribe antibiotics for me, they evaluate symptoms and then just write out a prescription for amoxicillin. Nobody is testing the bacteria to see which antibiotic to prescribe, just prescribing a broad spectrum antibiotic and telling me to come back if I don't feel better in a week. (In other words, if that antibiotic doesn't work, come back and we'll see if we can knock it out with something else.)
They usually don't test it, because it takes too much time and you need to start the antibiotics ASAP. So, they make an educated guess. It's not always right, but it's generally based on specific symptoms, time of year, knowledge of what's been identified lately, and knowledge that a particular antibiotic will work against the organism they suspect.

And yes, if they have a hard time narrowing it down, then they will prescribe something broader and hope it works.

But, though it may seem that your doctor is just prescribing randomly, most likely (hopefully!) they are actually doing so based on quite a lot of information. If your doctor is prescribing randomly, or suggesting any illness requires antibiotics, then find another doctor!

(note, in a hospital, testing does occur, though antibiotics will be prescribed as described above, to get your started. But in a regular doctor's visit, likely they won't take the time to test)
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