These magic pills treat various conditions, and are one of the most frequently used and important medications. This antibiotics guide will help you to take them wisely. Anyway, always consult your doctor every time you think you need antibiotics.
Antibiotics guide: WHEN?
First of all, let’s figure out when are antibiotics used, and when not. First of all, they kill bacteria. So, they are not the right choice for most sore throats, cough, colds, and flu.
Top conditions treated with antibiotics:
- pink eye (conjunctivitis);
- ear infection (otitis media);
- skin or soft tissue infection;
- strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis);
- traveler’s diarrhea;
- upper respiratory tract infection;
- urinary tract infection.
Antibiotics guide: HOW?
While antibiotics are used correctly, they are usually safe, and have just few side effects. However, side effects may be even life-threatening. So, be especially careful taking these drugs if your are old, pregnant, have kidney or liver diseases, or excess weight. In addition, be careful giving them to infants.
Antibiotics guide: WHICH?
Your doctor will find the right one for your case and condition.
Top original (brand name) antibiotics:
- Bactrim, Bactrim DS;
- Flagyl, Flagyl ER;
Top generic antibiotics:
- sulfamethoxazole (trimethoprim).
For example, Amoxil (amoxicillin), one of the most popular drugs of this type, stops the growth of bacteria. So, this penicillin-type antibiotic is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is also used along with other medications to treat ulcers caused by bacteria.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Seems like your doctor will recommend you to take the drug orally with or without food, every 8 or 12 hours. Usually patients have to drink plenty of water of other non-alcoholic fluids while using this medication.
It is extremely important to continue taking the drug, even if symptoms disappear in a few days. Also tell your doctor immediately if your condition persists or worsens.