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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can pleurisy be treated?

What if you cannot take NSAIDS for pleurisy. Was diagnosed with it last Sat. at local ER. Dr. gave me pain Medstar with ibuprofen and narcotics and IV Rocefin but made me have cramps and diarrhea for 3 days. Ended up having to do a stool culture it got so bad. Still have oral antibiotics but afraid to take them (Augumenton) because diarrhea might start again but hurting.
Thu, 22 Nov 2018
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If the doctor prescribed antibiotics for the pleurisy you are experiencing very likely he is considering infection as the cause of it.
Use of antibiotics is the most important treatment in this case as it fights the cause, the infection.

NSAIDS would help relieve pain but not treat the cause. Any other pain killer would do the same, relive pain but to help with the cause you need the antibiotics if the cause is infectious.

I would recommend you to see the doctor related to this and explain the side effects you are experiencing and how to adjust the treatment that it is effective but also well tolerated by you.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Antoneta Zotaj
General & Family Physician
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