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What the different between broad spectrum and macrolid antibiotic? which one more strong side effects ?
Tough comparison: Broad spectrum is a relative term. For example, the macrolides have a broader spectrum than penicillin, and the quinolones have a broader spectrum than the macrolides. A broader spectrum will kill more types of bacteria and is useful when the organism one needs to kill is not known precisely. Broader spectrum drugs will also kill more natural gut bacteria and are more likely to cause diarrhea. ...Read more
With the increase of drug-resistent strains of different infectious diseases, is the future of antibiotic use bleak?
No: The future of antibiotic use in general is not bleak as newer ones are likely to be discovered (even though it's getting harder to do so). What is bleak is the prospect of existing antibiotics, whose efficacy continue to wane as more bacetria develop resistance to them due to their abuse and misuse. ...Read more
Does different brand names of medication work differnt i mean are some brands stronger than others like different makers of the drug?
Drugs: The same dose of the same drug regardless whether brand name or generic should achieve about the same results. There might be subtle differences in absorption due to filler but overall should be very close. ...Read more
Depends on antibiotc: Although you generally get a god blood level quickly with an IV infusion, some meds when given over time have GI absorption that permits an excellent tissue level by oral as well as IV route. This is specific to the properties of the antibiotic. Often the newest super drugs are developed for IV use initially as they are needed for resistant strains in ICU settings.Oral forms may come later. ...Read more
Multiple: #1 they help heal the infection for which they were prescribed. #2 allergic reaction #3 diarrhea or stomach aches. Each medication comes with a package insert that will tell you all the side effects that have occurred with that medication. They report even the slights things...But overall the three listed are the most common. ...Read more
Do any other antihistamines of as strong or stronger antienetic power as phenergan (promethazine)? Or are all their antienetic properties just dose dependent?
Could antibiotics like meropenem been taken intranasal instead of taking them intravenous for example with devices like the mad 300?
Could vs should: In order for a med to be given intranasally by an atomizer like mad300, the med must be approved for intranasal use. Approval factors include safety to nasal mucosal membranes, solubility of med, ability of med to get into blood, and amount needed. Absorption can be affected by nasal disease (eg allergies), so not the best way to give antibiotics or some other meds requiring specific doses. ...Read more
Not much: These are not antibiotics. These are antifungals and there really is not much difference between the two except maybe price and how they are taken. ...Read more
Depends: This would depend on which antibiotic you are taking and how your individual system handles it. Most side effects are minimal, maybe upset stomach. If you are having any itching, or hives call the dentist immediately. The pharmacist is a good person to talk to about any medications you are taking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Streptomycin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic given IV or im and used to treat tuberculosis and enterococcus. Tetracycline is a bacteriostatic antibiotic still in common use today to treat many types of infections. E.Coli are bacteria that are a normal part of the bacterial flora of all mammals including man. Shiga toxin producing e. Coli from cattle cause bloody diarrhea and hus. ...Read more
Antibiotic: This obviously depends on the particular antibiotic, but all have some degree of toxicity or have the potential for inducing allergic reactions, to say nothing about altering your normal bacterial flora and leaving you susceptible to secondary infections like candidiasis and clostridium difficile colitis and others. Only do this if clinically necessary. ...Read more
Colitis (sigmoid) adverse reaction to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and/or Flagyl, are there alternative courses of treatment that maybe aren't so harsh?
Is 2 x 250mg of cefixime and 2 x 500mg of azithromycin strong enough to kill Gonnarrhea or chlamydia? I'm from the UK.
Had 7 courses of antibiotics in 8 weeks to treat UTI none of which have worked? Are all these antibiotics damaging my body?
Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics for skin infections (folliculitis, acne) instead of iodine? Are there long-term side effects of topical iodine?
During loose stool I'm taking antibiotic course... of ciprophloxin. . Can I take entrogermina along .. the probiotic. . Or no?
Okay to take: Okay to take probiotics along with ciprofloxacin. ...Read more
How do you know when you antibiotics are too strong for you or when they are incorrectly prescribed.
Never too strong: Antibiotics are never "too strong" although they are often prescribed "incorrectly" for viral illnesses which won't respond. Best examples are colds, bronchitis & sinusitis which normally will resolve in a week w/antibiotics and 7 days w/o antibiotics. We should also try to chose appropriate antibiotic ie narrow spectrum for infection, rather than broad spectrum option. Work closely w/ur FamilyDoc ...Read more
How long does colitis last I've been on a strong antibiotic for a full week now but im still having pain?
Assuming that: Your doctor found a bacterial colitis and he is treating you for it with antibiotics, you should be seeing improvement after one week. If you are not, it is time to consider other causes of colitits, such as c. Difficile colitis, ulcerative colitis, parasites, etc. Go back to the doctor and ask for referral to GI specialist if necessary for possible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. ...Read more
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?
I have been taking strong antibiotics on and off since last two years for hidradenitis suppurativa. Will they have any negative impact on my health?
Anti inflammatory: Hidradenitis suppurativa is an inflammatory condition. We use oral antibiotics, typically the tetracycline group, to suppress inflammation. If it is sufficient to suppress your flares, then it's fine to stay on it. Some doctors rotate treatment with other anti-inflammatories. All drugs have potential long term side effects. Being followed closely by a doctor is important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeast is common: It is common for women to develop vaginal yeast infections after antibiotic use. Unless you have symptoms like thick white discharge and itching it is not necessary to treat for yeast. If you have symptoms try an over the counter yeast treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of antibiotics is strong enough to clear staph completely ? I have tried a lot and it still comes back
MRSA?: If the staph you are describing is methicillin resistant staph a. (MRSA) then only very specific antibiotis are effective. Not sure where your infection is " recurring". Certain other conditions like diabetes can affect your body's immunity and thus recurring infections can occur. If you are taking medications that can affect you immune response, the same can occur. ...Read more
I have had pneumonia for a week and was just diagnosed today antibiotics. I'm taking levofloxacin 500 mg once a day. Is that a strong enough dose?
Levaquin (levofloxacin): Levofloxacin is approved for pneumonia and an excellent antibiotic. It is potent with broad coverage bacterial killing power. The dose 500 mg every 24 hrs is standard for an adult with normal kidney function. It is unusual for a 27 yo to have bacterial pneumonia, though it happens. Lung infections in otherwise healthy adults can be "atypical": caused not by bacteria but by Mycoplasma. Ask doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Got strep 1 wk &given amox antibiotic. back next week & still had strep,given stronger anti. Should we concerned? family history test to find cause?
They could be: a carrier and seeing an ENT may help. ...Read more
Right tonsil has been enlarged for more than a month. Strong antibiotic for 10 days 2 weeks ago. Went down a bit. Tonsil still enlarged. Why and help?
Infection: This is most likely due to infection or cryptic tonsillar debris. However with persistent pain, fever and inability to open mouth completely this could represent an early abscess. Less likely tumors also form within the tonsils. Persistent asymmetry should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
I had a miscariage a week ago @ 7w. I was given strong antibiotics as a precaution. How long do we have to wait before it is safe to have intercourse?
Been having acute kidney pain for over 2 weeks, was on antibiotics for 7 days, still having kidney pain on and off, comes on strong and radiates to ab?
Acne: We do not use Dianette in US as it is not FDA approved and it is also banned in several European countries due to high risk profile. Dianette is a BC pill with progestin and anti-androgen activity, it is very different than antibiotics. Acne is not caused by infections. Antibiotic can only treat temporary secondary infection of a comedone, it does not treat or prevent acne. Why tag Accutane? ...Read more
Rethink weak/strong: Instead of thinking in terms of weak/strong - think about what types of bugs vanc is appropriate for. When doctors say an antibiotic is strong we usually mean 1) it's very good at treating the type of bug you have, 2) it might have more side effects than other common antibiotics. Vancomycin is used for MRSA or c.Diff infections and b/c given iv, can have more side effects than, say penicillin. ...Read more
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