Is Z-Pak an Effective Treatment for Strep?


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According to WebMD, Z-Pak is a macrolide-type antibiotic that is used to treat strep throat and numerous other bacterial infections. It is not effective against viral infections such as the flu and common cold.

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According to WebMD, side effects of Z-Pak use include upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Rare but serious side effects include changes in hearing, eye problems, trouble speaking, muscle weakness and signs of liver problems. Many people who use this medication do not experience serious side effects.

Do not use Z-Pak during pregnancy unless expressly instructed by a physician. Consult a doctor prior to taking this medication while breastfeeding because it passes into breast milk.

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