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Cure for the Cleocin Nastiness

July 28, 2011

So the Big One has had strep throat for six weeks now. We’ve been on amoxicillin twice, followed by cefdinir and now finally cleocin.

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When she was given the cefdinir I was kind of grossed out by it. It was a milky white color and by the end of the 10 days the stuff smelled rancid. It honestly smelled like rotten eggs after the first couple days. I checked, double checked and triple checked to make sure it was supposed to be stored at room temperature. I was certain that anything that smelled progressively worse really ought to be refrigerated or something.  But nope everything said room temperature. Anyway once she finished this round of antibiotics I hoped we would be good to go.

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Well five days after she finished, her fever spiked and she threw up. So back to the doctor we went. The doctor prescribed cleocin. She warned me that it was a “serious antibiotic” that should surely wipe out this darn strep. She also warned that it would more than likely cause “severe stomach issues.”

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Great.

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I was overjoyed as we headed to the pharmacy. Once we picked it up, I was a bit more nervous when the pharmacist gave me three bottles of medicine along with three packets of lemon-lime flavorings. I knew this was a bad sign.  I asked about using FLAVORx to make it taste better, the pharmacist said it was fine to do, but of course the Kaiser pharmacy doesn’t offer it.

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No worries, I called Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego’s outpatient pharmacy when we got home. The pharmacy tech that I talked to told me they could flavor it, but “really nothing is going to mask the flavor of that stuff.”   After I smelled it, I immediately understood what I had been warned about. The stuff smells like week-old cat pee. It is pure nastiness.

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Great.

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The pharmacy tech did suggest strawberry or chocolate syrup.  I also did some googling to see if others had problems with the flavor of this stuff. Yep, there were a few other suggestions out there.  This blog cracked me up and also prepared me for what was to come.

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We tried many of them unsuccessfully. Now the Big One was an amazing trooper through this experimentation. We tried strawberry syrup, chocolate syrup, Tang, crushed up Smarties, the lemon lime stuff from the pharmacy and even straight up medicine with several chasers – water, Oreos, Smarties, chocolate milk and lemonade.

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Each time we tried something new the Big One grimaced and shook her head, “NO!”  I even turned to my Facebook friends for any and all suggestions. Most of them we had already tried. Except for one… snow cone syrup.

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I figured it was worth a try. The stuff is so sugary sweet it just might work. So we bought some grape snow cone syrup.  I dosed out the medicine and then filled the medicine cup to the rim with the syrup. The Big One carefully picked it up and gulped it down.

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We waited.

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And waited.

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She didn’t grimace.

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She didn’t shake her head.

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She just shrugged her shoulders and said, “better!”

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So there you have it. If your poor child is ever  put on this nasty medication, snow cone syrup is the way to go.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 3:15 pm

    Ewwww!! Poor pumpkin!! I hope THIS is the round of antibiotics that makes her better!

  2. July 28, 2011 5:30 pm

    We just got a snow cone maker and have a few bottles. Hopefully I’ll never need to find out if that works as well as smarties.

    Thanks for the link!

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