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What exactly does the dosage of an antibiotic 4X a day entail? Surely I don't have to

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wake myself up in the night, do I?

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jewelfool1284406141.631472 PostsRegistered 12/26/2009

How about breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime? That's much more convenient!

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Doc-Mom1284406230.1616317 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006

Check with the pharmacist.

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lovemygigi1284406333.0735095 PostsRegistered 3/12/2010

Ideally, yes, but unless your doc or pharmacist pointed out that the medication had to taken that way there is no need.. Just take it as early as you can upon rising then divide up the doses until bedtime, which would be your dose of the day.

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57babe1284406339.348638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

Every 6 hours, but take it very late at night and very early in the morning. Then take two during the day. The antibiotics do work best if you take them every 6 hours on the button. This is what my doctor has told me.

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Marp1284406347.9813480 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Western NC

You really should schedule them as close to every six hours as humanly possible. They are most effective when there is a consistent level in your system. Also you should check to see if they can be taken with food and whether or not dairy and/or other foods should be avoided. Effectiveness is diminished if not taken correctly.

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lovemygigi1284406421.715095 PostsRegistered 3/12/2010

Good point, Marp.

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close enough {#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Just don't fudge on finishing the whole prescription {#emotions_dlg.wub}


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Missey11284406458.913174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA

For me it would depend what I was being treated for. If it is serious, yes getting up at night would be appropriate. Call your pharmacist. Or if the time span does not matter do as the last poster said B,L,D and bedtime.

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JustJazzmom1284407943.3829819 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

I would also check if it needed to be taken with food and also ask your doctor too. Finish the antibiotics completely. Do not stop taking the meds once you start to feel better. This can create super bacteria if you stop it before the entire amount is taken.

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beach-mom1284408129.7310527 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic

I agree with the others. I would definitely stick to every 6 hours, even if I had to set the alarm to take it. I would also finish the medication, even if I felt 100% better!

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SophiaMarie1284409204.5136732 PostsRegistered 3/17/2010

You can also go to Drugs d o t c o m and type in the name. You'll get the correct info there too.

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doxiemom 41284409387.22327472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL

Every six hours, and yes you need to take it as directed.....if you do not, it is just a waste of time.......So I am sorry you have to get up during the night, but please follow instructions as prescribed......

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hyacinth0031284409647.497769 PostsRegistered 11/8/2005

You could check with your doctor or pharmacist. Antibiotics work best if kept at a consistent blood level. That means 4 times a day is every 6 hours or thereabouts. If this is a serious infection, I wouldn't even question an every 6 hour schedule. Figure out an every 6 hour schedule that works best for you. Some examples are 12-6-12-6, or 11-5-11-5, 9-3-9-3.


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judaline1284410638.3616857 PostsRegistered 8/26/2006 East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Thank you, all. While the pharmacist was filling it he was saying to take it 4X a day (I didn't think to ask when). I said, '4X? It's nothing serious!.' He laughed and said, 'that doesn't mean anything.' Then I said, 'guess I'll have to go buy some yogurt.' Laughed again! 'Then he said, 'you can if you want to, but it's not necessary with this medication.' So, not having the bottle next to me, I think it's cephlexin or something like that. I think I will do the 6-12-6-11, just because it suits my lifestyle. Thanks.

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SophiaMarie1284410809.866732 PostsRegistered 3/17/2010

Cephalexin (generic for Keflex) I had a feeling it was Keflex.

Judaline - if you want to read about it, this is the package insert that comes with the pills. Sometimes the print is too small, so they put it online.

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Cindy Shop­per1284410968.32310677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007

You can actually do 8am, 1pm, 6pm, and 11pm or 7am, 12noon, 5pm, and 10pm.

4 times a day does not mean it has to be every 6 hours. You need your rest for pete sake! This timing is how we do it in the hospital. You are welcome to check with your doctor or pharmacist.

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sfnative1284412503.8037223 PostsRegistered 4/23/2007Portland, OR

With regard to taking your antibiotic, please do the smart thing and reference your physician or pharmacist, only - not this board.

And, when you ask your question, do ask if it should be taken with food.

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Luv2Decora­te1284412674.2276767 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

Just drink a lot of water in the evening, you will HAVE to get up in the middle of the night... so that is a perfect time to take your medicine! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

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Burnsite1284414835.3838030 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

Hi, Judaline, I am probably a nut, but to me 1 every 6 hrs means just that and I do get up to take it.

Antibiotics stay in the system a long time, so it's just a precaution, but I fall back to sleep easily, and so to me it is not worth it to mess with the instructions.

ETA: All prescription bottles now say, I think, whether a medicine is better taken with or without food, etc. And I wouldn't trust my pharmacist if I had a major question: that is why I have a primary care doctor.

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GrannySher­ry1284418738.216720 PostsRegistered 1/26/2010Proud So. Cal. South Bay native now in WA state

I always have. You don't *have* to but I prefer to.

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Brabls1284418942.3514740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007
On 9/13/2010 Luv2Decorate said:

Just drink a lot of water in the evening, you will HAVE to get up in the middle of the night... so that is a perfect time to take your medicine! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

I am up so mch during the night, every 6 hours isn't a problem! Not funny, but it is hilarious.

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Rap21284419003.32713235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

I have a med that I take three times a day. I try to take it at 8:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and midnight. I don't think a variance of an hour each way matters. I usually get up between 11:00 p.m and 1:00 a.m. to go to the bathroom anyway. That's when I take the third dose.

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happy hous­ewife1284419216.87734389 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

Antibiotics need to be taken every six hours so YES you do need to get up and take one. The best times are 6 - 12 - 6 - 12 then at least you can sleep from midnight to 6 AM.

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Zaksgrrl1284434370.2339844 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008In the sun but willing to go into the dark

Equally spaced 4 doses during your waking hours.

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RubyinNE1284434749.9277460 PostsRegistered 8/16/2009Nebraska

You received some good advice. Take one early, and then space it out during the day into the late evening. Maybe the last dosage could be at 11 or 12 midnight. Sleep is important and recuperative too.


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