Fish antibiotics safe to take?

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by Xerxes, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    Alright... so I have a tooth abscess and my dental appointment isn't until wednesday. I can feel it flaring up and have no time to visit the doctor. It's going to be majorly inflamed tomorrow without some antibiotics.

    Is it safe to take fish medicine? I bought some powdered maracyn (200mg erythromycin, not ideal antibiotic for an abscess, but it'll do.) Only problem is I don't know what other chemicals are in there. I just need something to tide myself over until wednesday. Is this safe?
     
  2. Enmos Staff Member

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    It may not work at all.
    And it's most likely not tested for side effects on humans.
    I'd not take it if I were you.

    Hang in there dude, I know what it's like.

    Edit: Also, it's not without reason that they always say finish your antibiotics treatment (sorry, couldn't find the right word).
    Not that it would matter much in this case.
     
  3. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Most dentists handle emergency services for their patients - give them a call.
     
  4. Enmos Staff Member

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    Not for that they don't. At least not where I live.
     
  5. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    wouldn't it be better to take meds meant for a mammal instead of a fish?
    But I think taking meds meant for an animal is incredibly stooooopid!
     
  6. Enmos Staff Member

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    Xerxes, are you still there.. ?

    :runaway:
     
  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    You have no time? :shrug:

    If I were having a problem with a abscess or pain in my teeth, I'd find time to take care of it. My health takes priority over anything else, except family, to insure that I am OK and can work without discomfort or pain. You are being foolish if you do not go right away to see the dentist.
     
  8. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    or a vet
     
  9. John99 Banned Banned

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    well lest see:

    no one ever died from abcess but i would say taking fish meidaction can be lethal. if you were going to do something drastic cut it open with an Xacto knife. not that i recommend that either but in the gum region i would bet you would have a mixture of pleasure and pain. thats if the abcess is very close to the surface.
     
  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    People in the past HAVE died from having abcesses! Before there were dentists people couldn't get their teeth fixed properly and in many instances died becose of infections that set in. That was only a few hundred years ago as well.
     
  11. John99 Banned Banned

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    you are right. i should have said untreated, i would think it would take a long time for an abcess in the mouth to kill someone. maybe even years.
     
  12. Enmos Staff Member

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    Nice advice, that can get you blood poisoning.
     
  13. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks for the advice. Still alive and haven't taken the fish powder yet. It's surprisingly not inflamed so far.

    Out of stubbornness thinking it would heal, I've dealt with repeated infections in that tooth for almost 4 months, think I can hang on two more days even without antibiotics.
     
  14. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    LOL :p
     
  15. Enmos Staff Member

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    Yea, it will not heal. Believe me I've been there.
    Also, the chance that antibiotics alone will cure it decreases the longer you wait. I would see a dentist today if I were you.
    They may have to do a little 'operation' anyway though.
     
  16. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    firstly septic shock can and does kill. you can die from a paper cut that isnt properly treated, an abscess certainly can.

    secondly if you just need something to help till you can get into treatment (couple of days) then try a combination of an anti inflamtary like ibprofin (definitly not for a long time with an infection because you are hampering the bodies own fight) , a narcotic like codine and a local antasetic like bonjella (sorry dont know the generic name but if you ask for a product for teething children)
     
  17. joepistole Ordo Ad Chao Valued Senior Member

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    Asguard is right, infections do need to be resolved. Taking fish medicine is likely not going to help as you have to have the correct dosage. And my guess is you are much bigger than your fish tank.

    As Asguard mentioned, dosage is very important. If you undertreat you breed a more drug resistant strain which will be not only more difficult for you to resolve but for others who may catch the same bug down the road.

    The best advice is to get to a dentist as soon as possible so that you can be treated properly.
     
  18. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks for the kind warnings. Heh, you guys scared me a little.

    Long story short I tried getting to the doctor but they were all closed, and I certainly wasn't going to wait three hours at the hospital, so I used the antibiotics - which tasted absolutely horrible for the record. The fish meds did a decent job keeping the infection down until seeing the dentist today.
     
  19. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Staff Member

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    Don't blame us if you start growing scales and fins, and find breathing outside of water difficult.

    (Please note while this is a Science related website, we do like to joke on occasion... and this would be one of those occasions)
     
  20. joepistole Ordo Ad Chao Valued Senior Member

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    Well the whole story sounds a little fishy to me :)
     

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