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HELP PLEASE! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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To any healthcare friends out there, HELP? Two years ago, I was hospitalized for 5 days (a bowel obstruction). As usual, I was given a broad spectrum antibiotic called Zosyn (which can only be given via an IV). Oddly enough, that antibiotic almost corrected an unrelated problem and would probably have completely corrected it had I remained hospitalized long enough to complete the usual "7-10 days" for such an antibiotic. Unfortunately, once home, the problem, while almost gone, 'came back' since I was no longer receiving the Zosyn.

So here's where I need HELP: What ORAL antibiotic comes the closest to Zosyn that I could take now? I just completed 10 days on Bactrim, but it did little. I would assume I need something in the same "family" as Zosyn? Anyone know or have any ideas? Please?

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knitty_woman From: knitty_woman Date: May 12th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did some searching of Zosyn, but couldn't quite come up with a current alternative. Is there some reason you can't ask your physician? The Bactrim was ineffective either because it wasn't the right medication, or because the infection was resistant to it. Either way, your doctor needs to hear about that, and about the prior success with Zosyn for your bowel obstruction. If the infection isn't the same as the one you had previously, the Zosyn, even in IV form, might not be effective anyway.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 13th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

I answered you

off journal, Suzanne! :)
patk From: patk Date: May 12th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Aly,

I'm not in the medical profession but just did a little digging on the topic. Zosyn contains piperacillin and tazobactam - bot substances don't work if given orally (hence the IV). Alternatives that can be taken orally depend on the diagnosis, there doesn't seem to be the "one" oral antibiotic that has the exact same broad spectrum effect as Zosyn has. The following site lists some (though not all) alternatives.


I know, that's not exactly the information you want/need but starting with the diagnosis/sickness you need to battle and then looking for Zosyn alternatives effective against exactly that might be one way to proceed if you don't get a more helpful answer.

alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 13th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, Pat!

That helped. I think I found the one to use. *fingers crossed*

Edited at 2014-05-13 02:50 am (UTC)
patk From: patk Date: May 14th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thanks, Pat!

I hope it works. :-)
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