Ivor O’Connor

December 25, 2008

Strep Throat

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 8:38 pm

Apparently I’ve got it. I don’t get much more than a cold every year or two. I have not had to take antibiotics in probably 15 years. So this is a novel experience. I’m surprised how cheap seeing a doctor is. I paid only $65 to see the doctor and get diagnosed. The antibiotics were only $40. I got middle-of-the-road antibiotics. The doctor told me there were three basic antibiotics I could get. The best would be around $300 and gave me the impression the cheapest would be around $40 and the type I chose would be a little over a hundred at Costco. Actually the $40 I did pay at costco covered Sudafed for $12 to clear up the sinuses, lidocaine to make it easy to swallow for $10, and the actual antibiotics called Clarithromycin for $15. Why do people get $1000 a month insurance when the prices for doctors and drugs are so cheap?

I should probably look up Clarithromycin. The doctor said the three antibiotics he could offer had different “efficay” rates from a low of almost 50% to something around the 90% range. Ok, there’s a good wiki entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarithromycin. I was a bit worried while reading the initial description but further on they do mention Strep Throat. Also it looks like this drug could be dangerous if I had any allergies at all.

It would be nice if I could find the efficacy rates of the various antibiotics for Strep Throat. I see things like:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strep-throat/DS00260/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

Antibiotics. If you or your child has strep throat, your doctor will likely prescribe an oral antibiotic such as penicillin, amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox), azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), clindamycin (Cleocin) or a cephalosporin (Keflex, Ceclor). Penicillin may be given by injection in some cases — such as if you have a young child who is having a hard time swallowing or is vomiting from strep throat.

These antibiotics reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, as well as the risk of complications and the likelihood that infection will spread to classmates or family members.

One of the interesting things is how the doctor speaks his own language. I had a hard time following much of what he said. Next time I go hopefully I’ll at least do some research on antibiotics so I can follow when the doctor starts talking about them.

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