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Antibiotic (Overview)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get rid of the infection.


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What's the antibiotic that should not be used in gillian barre syndrome?

What's the antibiotic that should not be used in gillian barre syndrome?

Aminoglycosides: Rare but potential for additional neuromuscular blockade with amino glycosides. Aminoglycosides are contraindicated in myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Overview)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get rid of the infection.


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What exactly does triple antibiotic protection do?

What exactly does triple antibiotic protection do?

See below: Depending on which illness you are being treated for, the choice of multiple antibiotics increases coverage of the multiple classes and kinds of bacteria that may be involved in your disease process. Also, multiple antibiotics can be used when the particular bacteria is partially resistant to one class but when more than one class is included, the resistance is overcome. ...Read more

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Will my son's strange reaction following antibiotics last.

Will my son's strange reaction following antibiotics last.

No: Most children who use antibiotics do not get any reaction. Kids who do get reactions may get rashes, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting (other reactions are uncommon). Reactions usually go away shortly after the antibiotic is stopped. Any child who has some sort of "strange" reaction should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: topical antibiotic?

What is the definition or description of: topical antibiotic?

Topical antibiotic: A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best coverage to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Tip)

Taking Antibiotics

Do ask the pharmacist about interactions with your antibiotic and other medications. ...See more

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Please describe a good antibiotic to treat an ear piercing infection?

Topical or oral?: Usually you can get away with a topical antibiotic to treat these infections. Something like bactroban locally usually does the trick. However, if the infection is severe enough to warrant oral antibiotics, then keflex, Bactrim or Augmentin might be reasonable choices depending on how much MRSA is prevalent in your community. Your doc should know this and pick accordingly. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors prescribe antibiotics as much as they used to?

Why don't doctors prescribe antibiotics as much as they used to?

Many reasons: 1) Several diseases we know now, are caused by non-bacterial microbes, therefore antibiotic (abx) are ineffective, 2) Using a lot of abx have led to the development of multidrug-resistant bacteria 3) Very little new abx are being developed due to costs associated to get government approval to use it, 4) We now appreciate that serious infections and side effects can occur with abx use. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Tip)

Taking Antibiotics

Antibiotic allergy tendencies can sometimes be inherited. ...See more

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Why is it that every time I am prescribed antibiotics with the "basics" it works for awhile and then I have to get a stronger one?

Infections: If you have frequent infections you need to have your immune system checked by an immunologist. You also build resistance with repeated courses of antibiotics and need stronger ones. ...Read more

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