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Old 03-10-2011, 09:37 AM
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Default Anyone else keep some Cipro in the house?

I'd like to keep a stash of emergency antibiotics in the house. I know this was a big a few years ago with the whole Anthrax scare.

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Chronic prostitis infections, now cured. I hope I never ever see another dose of Cipro in my life.
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Keep in mind that antibiotics have a shelf life.

With as antibiotic-happy most Physicians are these days, I don't see why you would need to keep any "on hand". Besides, cipro may not be the best fit for whatever bacteriological infection you may *think* you have. Go to a Doctor if you have a baceriological infection.
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The chronic overuse of antibiotics have caused a lot of issues over the last 20 years
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Cipro is very expensive. We'd like to keep some in the house for my diverticulitis and her UTI's, but due to the shelf life and price its kind of worth the gamble. I can buy it in bulk, but the price there is staggering. I do keep Amoxicillin and Clindamycin at the office, but we go through that pretty quickly with our patients.
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Originally Posted by ringleader View Post
cipro is very expensive. We'd like to keep some in the house for my diverticulitis and her uti's, but due to the shelf life and price its kind of worth the gamble. I can buy it in bulk, but the price there is staggering. I do keep amoxicillin and clindamycin at the office, but we go through that pretty quickly with our patients.
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The chronic overuse of antibiotics have caused a lot of issues over the last 20 years
No doubt it does, but that wasn't my question. We get enough in our food anyway..

I just wanted some sort of heavy duty antibiotic on hand.
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Originally Posted by GMILLS88 View Post
No doubt it does, but that wasn't my question. We get enough in our food anyway..

I just wanted some sort of heavy duty antibiotic on hand.
You know something your not telling us?
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I recommend Scotch.

In an emergency, Vodka will do.


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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
I recommend Scotch.

In an emergency, Vodka will do.


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Seriously! But I would replace Scotch with anything else besides Scotch.
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Cipro is evil...made me sick as dog...
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Originally Posted by RingLeader View Post
Cipro is very expensive. We'd like to keep some in the house for my diverticulitis and her UTI's, but due to the shelf life and price its kind of worth the gamble. I can buy it in bulk, but the price there is staggering. I do keep Amoxicillin and Clindamycin at the office, but we go through that pretty quickly with our patients.
Can you buy the liquid amoxicillin I got as a kid in the bubble gum flavor?
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
Chronic prostitis infections, now cured. I hope I never ever see another dose of Cipro in my life.
Amen!
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Originally Posted by RingLeader View Post
Cipro is very expensive. We'd like to keep some in the house for my diverticulitis and her UTI's, but due to the shelf life and price its kind of worth the gamble. I can buy it in bulk, but the price there is staggering. I do keep Amoxicillin and Clindamycin at the office, but we go through that pretty quickly with our patients.
Cipro is now available generic and very cheap (it is actually one of the free publix antibiotics). Has a fairly narrow spectrum. I usually keep some septra around if the wife has a UTI or I have a SSI which will mostly likely be CA MRSA considering how much I have been exposed.

Somehow Clinda, while available generic, is quite pricy. Amoxicillin is also on the free Publix plan.

http://publix.com/pharmacy/Free-Antibiotics.do
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Cipro is evil...made me sick as dog...
When ever I had to take it I would have to eat 3-4 yogurts a day. If not I'd be spending hours a day in the head
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I usually end up with a nasty sinus infection somewhere around every 18 months (usually coinciding with a 10+ hour flight and in fact I feel one coming on now) ... Next time I'm in a country with antibiotics on the shelf I'm stocking up, would be interested if anyone knows the actual shelf life for common antibiotics, my understanding is that package date is pretty conservative.

Since I don't "have a doctor" for me it's usually a few days of misery until I drag myself to a walk-in clinic, and then it's about a 70/30 chance that they'll just give me an antibiotic or send me on my way with some sudafed telling me that antibiotics are bad.

My impression from looking online a while back is that you could probably fly to mexico cheaper. I did learn from the internet though that online pet stores sell FISH antibiotics... (don't ask me if you'll grow gills or not)
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Where can you get it?
My wife gets chronic UTI's and cant find a Doc with an understanding that sometimes she needs a script without making an appointment and coming in. We were in Dallas last weekend and she literally started having symptoms on flight over. Got there and called the Docs office after hours and they wouldnt call in a script. Had to get some from a relatives stash (we were there for a family reunion).
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Where can you get it?
My wife gets chronic UTI's and cant find a Doc with an understanding that sometimes she needs a script without making an appointment and coming in. We were in Dallas last weekend and she literally started having symptoms on flight over. Got there and called the Docs office after hours and they wouldnt call in a script. Had to get some from a relatives stash (we were there for a family reunion).
That's too bad. Female UTI is one of the few, if only, conditions where patient initiated abx is acceptable. Maybe I should provide a reference or two your wife could provide to her physician (note that I allow some of my female patients with recurrent UTI and my severe COPD patients to keep abx on hand). That said, in general abx are overused particulary for upper respiratory trace infections. Guidelines suggest not using abx with the first 7-10 days of bronchitis or sinusitis as most infections are viral and will resolve regardless.
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I keep a supply of various antibiotics but I can write my own Rx's. As some of the above posts illustrate many Americans are very shortsighted regarding their reliance on the system as we know it. History shows that things change very fast once change starts.

Unfortunately history also shows that people like doctors are the first ones disrupted (killed) in a social uprising.
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That's too bad. Female UTI is one of the few, if only, conditions where patient initiated abx is acceptable. Maybe I should provide a reference or two your wife could provide to her physician (note that I allow some of my female patients with recurrent UTI and my severe COPD patients to keep abx on hand). That said, in general abx are overused particulary for upper respiratory trace infections. Guidelines suggest not using abx with the first 7-10 days of bronchitis or sinusitis as most infections are viral and will resolve regardless.
I would love to have some info to take to her Doc. Too many trips to the walk in clinic have occurred because she cant get a script to keep on hand and cant get in to see her Doc due to scheduling or weekends/holiday. These thing seem to have a way of happening on Friday afternoons.

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