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Antibiotics - Overview

An antibiotic is a type of compound used in medications to treat infections caused by bacteria when the bacteria is thought to be susceptible to the antibiotic utilized. Through Assurance Care, people who might need an antibiotic medication can connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe an antibiotic if it is safe and clinically appropriate to do so.

Antibiotics Medication Prescription Online
How Antibiotics Work

Antibiotics can work in different ways. Some antibiotics kill bacteria outright. Other types of antibiotics stop bacteria from replicating or growing. Antibiotics work best when the sensitivity of the underlying bacteria is known. Unfortunately, this is difficult to determine at times. Also, some bacteria are resistant to different types of antibiotics, rendering them useless for treatment. Antibiotics should only be used to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective against infections caused by viruses and do not work against fungi like fluconazole (Diflucan), ketoconazole (Nizoral) and nystatin do.

Antibiotic Medications

Antibiotics can be taken orally, intravenously and topically. Prescription antibiotic medications are frequently used to treat different kinds of infections. Examples of prescription antibiotic medications:

  • Altabax
  • Amoxicillin
  • Ampicillin
  • Augmentin
  • Azithromycin (Z-Pak, Zithromax)
  • Bactrim
  • Ceclor
  • Cefdinir
  • Cefixime
  • Cefpodoxime (Vantin)
  • Cefuroxime
  • Cephalexin (Keflex)
  • Ciprodex
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
  • Clindamycin (Cleocin)
  • Dicloxacillin
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin (Erygel)
  • Fosfomycin (Monurol)
  • Gentamicin
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • Methenamine
  • Metronidazole (Flagyl, Metrogel)
  • Minocycline
  • Moxifloxacin (Avelox, Vigamox)
  • Mupirocin (Bactroban)
  • Nitrofurantoin (Macrobid, Macrodantin)
  • Penicillin
  • Polymyxin B
  • Prevpac
  • Rifaximin
  • Tobramycin
  • Xenleta

Antibiotic medications can all cause side effects. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach ache. All antibiotic medications can cause a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction when used and should be avoided if there is a concern or a history of an allergic reaction. The consequence of antibiotic resistance is always a concern which is why antibiotic prescriptions should be written thoughtfully. Anyone planning to take an antibiotic should direct any questions and concerns to one’s medical provider and pharmacist prior to use

Antibiotics - Uses

Antibiotics are used in treating many types of conditions in medicine. Antibiotics can be used to treat conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), acne, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, cellulitis and other conditions.

Antibiotic Prescriptions Online

One cannot simply buy antibiotics online as antibiotic medications require a prescription from a medical provider before a pharmacy can dispense them in the United States. Assurance Care can connect people who might need an antibiotic prescription with a medical provider who can prescribe a medication when appropriate to do so.

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