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i have seen some people splitting antibiotic capsules and putting the powder on wounds. is this practice recommended?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
No: Antibiotics that can be used topically are provided as creams and ointments like bactroban (mupirocin) or neosporin (polymyxin , Bacitracin and neomycin). Antibiotic powder from capsules will be ineffective in wounds and could produce antibiotic resistance and topical reactions.
Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
No: Take the full course of antibiotics as directed by the health care provider usually your doctor. Review directions carefully with the pharmacist. Do not share. Do not split, crack, snort or inject the capsule. Do not give to infants or pets. Do not use expired antibiotics. There is an epidemic of antibiotic misuse. Great question!

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