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Hi - recently Ive had a staph infection and have been prescribed Staphylex (flucloxacillin) 500 mgs 4 times per day. Just before the staph thing, I'd also been diagnosed with urinary tract infection and had been prescribed a different antibiotic, but lost the script.

My question: would the flucloxacillin take care of the urinary tract infection as well as the staph? Or do I need to go back to doc to get original anti-biotic for the urinary tract infection?

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Hi,

I am uncertain if the flucloxacillin would take care of the urinary tract infection as well as the staph.  I would call your doctor and have him/her resend the original script for the antibiotic you lost the script for to the pharmacy by phone call or fax or email.  Or, you can call the pharmacy and have them call your doctor's office.  The only person who can decide if you can use one antibiotic for two conditions is your doctor.


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Nanaz  

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Nanaz Khosrowshahi

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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.

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I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

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American Pharmacists Association 2007

Education/Credentials
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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