I picked up a middle ear infection two weeks ago and 36 hours ago my doctor prescribed me 250mg of Amoxicillin. Since starting the course my infection has got much worse and I am now totally deaf in both ears. Should I go straight back and see him or is it best to just keep taking the pills?
Amoxicillin for middle ear infection?
- 7 Jul 2016 by Mudmantwoshoes
- 20 November 2019
- infections, otitis media, amoxicillin, doctor, prescription, ear
Also, this is the first time that I've had an ear infection, can I expect to get my hearing back once the problem has cleared?
250mg 3times/day is a very low dosage for an adult. The usual dose is 500 mg 3 times/day or 875mg 2 times/day. However, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to this drug and you probably need augmentin 875mg twice daily or a drug called cefdinir 300mg twice daily. Either one of these (as well as many other antibiotics) will destroy the bacteria that are causing this. You need to go to the physician and check out if you have a ruptured ear drum which could be contributing to the hearing loss. You really need to get back to the physician immediately to be diagnosed and assessed again so you don't have permanent damage. Take care of yourself let me know what happens.
Hi there can I ask what happened in the end as I’m going through this now. I’ve never experienced so much pain in all my life, I’m in agony screaming the place down! It’s been 5 days now and I’ve not been able to go into work. I can’t hear a thing and I’m worried sick. Thank you!
A belated thank you to Sementac for your informative response. I have only just seen it three years after you posted. Sorry to hear that you have a similar complaint NikNak30. It doesn't sound like you have the same problem as me as I wasn't in pain. The antibiotics did work for me in the end along with inhailing hot water mixed with a few drops of oil of eucalyptus to help drain the infection from my middle ear. I am not a doctor but, from what I understand, a sudden loss of hearing is classed as a potential medical emergency and, without prompt action, permanent hearing loss is possible so best to seek out professional advice as soon as possible.
- Amoxicillin Information for Consumers
- Amoxicillin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amoxicillin (detailed)
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