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From: "Becky/Bryony"
Date: 2008-07-15 10:51:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Reaction to Biaxin

First let me say, I am not a vet. If any of the vets are of a
different opinion, I would certainly listen to them. However, I
worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 7 years, and any time we
prescribed antibiotics, they were to be given WITH food. In human
medicine also, antibiotics should always be taken with food. They
can cause nausea, diarrhea, and just basic stomach upset, which food
can help. It sounds like that may be what happened.

I know anytime I've taken an antibiotic without food, I feel pretty
sick for a couple of hours afterwards. It occasionally happens with
food, also (especially if it's a strong antibiotic), but it's not as

Are you certain the pharmacist said the antibiotics, and not the
sucralfate? The sucralfate should be given on an empty stomach, so
that it can coat the stomach lining (usually around 30 minutes before
feeding, I believe). You do need to separate the sucralfate from the
other meds by at least an hour, or the antibiotics won't be absorbed.

Again, please remember that I am not a vet. I look forward to
hearing the vets' takes on this, especially if protocols have changed.


--- In, "Tressie" <tressiedu@...> wrote:

> The pharmacist said the antibiotics had to
> be given on an empty stomache. Vet suggested separating the doses
> because they were pretty hefty doses (i.e. .56 cc of Amoxicillin
> and .8 Biaxin for an .8 kg ferret.
> I started her with the Biaxin, which she loved. Unfortunately, an
> hour later threw it all up with bloody mucous. My question, could
> she be allergic to it? I don't want to give it to her if it will
> cause her to vomit.
> Help! Should I go back to the dreaded Metronidazole/Amoxicillin
> combo??


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