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Antibiotics before tonsillectomy

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: June 25, 2020 4:49 AM
Anonymous 10 months

I am going to have a tonsillectomy next Thursday. Today I went to my doctor’s office for a pre-op appointment and he prescribed me antibiotics because I had tonsillitis 3 times in a row in the last 2 and a half months and we don’t want to postpone the surgery due to another episode of it. However, I forgot to ask if I need to take it now until the surgery day or if it’s just something prescribed in advance.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 10 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question

Perioperative antibiotic prescription may slightly reduce fever post tonsillectomy, although the clinical benefit of this is unclear. The indication on how long you should take this antibiotic is best answered by your attending doctor as various issues such comorbidities, allergy status and health history have to be taken into consideration before deciding on prescriptions like antibiotics.

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to the doctor who prescribed you this medication. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online for a second opinion as a more detailed medical history is needed. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.


Last Updated: Thu Jun 25 2020 04:49:55 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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