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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2008-07-15 14:14:40 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Reaction to Biaxin


The pharmacist stressed that both antibiotics should be given on an
empty stomach. She wondered when the best time might be to give the
sulcrate but was very clear on the antibiotics. I expressed concern
at the time that given the large dose, on an empty stomach might
further upset an already upset stomach. Not only did she say that
shouldn't be a problem but suggested I give both antibiotics at once!
However, I opted to follow my vet's advice and separate them by
giving them several hours apart.

Given others advice, when I do go back to the antibiotics I will give
them with food! Lord preserve us from well meaning professionals who
sometimes do more harm than good.

I will also follow Sukie's and Dr. Williams advice and wait for her
tummy to heal before tackling the Helicobacter.

Thank you Becky and everyone who has given me such prompt responses.
I don't want to lose this little girl and with all your input I am
now hopeful she can recover.


--- In, "Becky/Bryony"
<mysticswords@...> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> food, also (especially if it's a strong antibiotic), but it's not
> severe.
> 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
> feeding, I believe). You do need to separate the sucralfate from
> other meds by at least an hour, or the antibiotics won't be
> Again, please remember that I am not a vet. I look forward to
> hearing the vets' takes on this, especially if protocols have
> Becky
> --- In, "Tressie" <tressiedu@> wrote:
> > The pharmacist said the antibiotics had to
> > be given on an empty stomache. Vet suggested separating the
> > 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,
> > hour later threw it all up with bloody mucous. My question,
> > 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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