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What is the difference between an antimicrobial, an antibacterial and an antibiotic?

What is the difference between an antimicrobial, an antibacterial and an antibiotic?

No real difference: Originally, an antibiotic was a compound produced by a living organism (fungus, bacteria, etc) that inhibits or kills other organisms. However, that is no longer a rigid definition. An "antibacterial" obviously works against bacteria, but not other types of pathogens, like parasites or fungi. So in theory, "antimicrobial" is the broadest term, but usually they can be considered synonyms. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Why has urex been recalled?

Why has urex been recalled?

Not sure it has: Urex is a good antibiotic in use for years. It is still listed in my computer PDR, which is updated constantly. ...Read more

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Is the drug urex and its generics no longer on the market?

Should be available: Brand name for methenamine (generic name) same as Hiprex which is available. ...Read more

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Unfamiliar with methenamine hippurate 1 gm tablets. What are they?

Unfamiliar with methenamine hippurate 1 gm tablets. What are they?

Methenamine: Methenamine is a compound used as fuel by campers for heating food, as a food additive, and in the lab to stain slide preparations. In medicine, it is used for urinary tract infections, especially resistant types. ...Read more

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Looking for people who have experience with and knowledge of methenamine hippurate?

Looking for people who have experience with and knowledge of methenamine hippurate?

Methenamine: Methenamine is a compound used as fuel by campers for heating food, as a food additive, and in the lab to stain slide preparations. In medicine, it is used for urinary tract infections, especially resistant types. ...Read more

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Why was I given a different antibiotic for c. Dificile?

Why was I given a different antibiotic for c. Dificile?

The 1st didn't work: Clostridium difficile can be "difficile" to treat and might not respond to the first round of antibiotics (usually Metronidazole or vancomycin) it some times takes weeks of antibiotics to treat this infection, in fact. Stick with the new antibiotic and good luck! ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for c diff?

Best antibiotic for c diff?

Just two: 1st stop the antibiotic that caused it. Sometimes that's enough. The usual starting is Flagyl while more severe cases require oral vancomycin. There are several other antibiotics occasionally used. ...Read more

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Can i take vitamin C while taking antibiotic?

Can i take vitamin C while taking  antibiotic?

Yes: You don't say which antibiotic but I am unaware of any adverse interactions between vitamin c and any antibiotics. If you are on an antibiotic you have an infection and vit c generally helps our immune system fight infections. I advise 1-2000 mg 2-3x/day for most people with infections. I also recommend probiotics during and after antibioitics, esp. One with scachromyces boulardii like florastar. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about antibiotic resistant c. Diff infection?

Can you tell me about antibiotic resistant c. Diff infection?

Hard to treat: This often requires long courses of antibiotics (~30 days) and sometimes requires cycling through multiple antibiotics. For example, some patients will take one antibiotic for 2 weeks, a second antibiotic for 2 weeks. Your pcp can help you with this. Most importantly, to prevent spreading c diff, wash hands with warm soap and water for 30 seconds. Hand gel doesn't work on c diff. ...Read more

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Can i put antibiotics cream on my C-section incision? Just curious

Can i put antibiotics cream on my C-section incision? Just curious

Yes, : Yes, it is safe to put antibiotic cream on a c-section scar. However if you have any redness, discharge, if it is opening, or bleeding, then you must see your OB immediately. ...Read more

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Had miscarriage. My doc prescribed antibiotic 2x5days. What does it for? I haven't had d&c..

Had miscarriage. My doc prescribed antibiotic 2x5days. What does it for? I haven't had d&c..

Unclear: It is not clear from this limited information why you have been given antibiotics. I would contact the doctor who prescribed them to you and ask for clarification ...Read more

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Should a patient take imodium (loperamide) ad in conjunction with antibiotics, while being diagnosed with c. Difficile?

Should a patient take imodium (loperamide) ad in conjunction with antibiotics, while being diagnosed with c. Difficile?

NO: Imodium (loperamide) or Lomotil cause retention of the c. Difficile toxin and worse injury to the colon. They can cause toxic mega colon and death and should never be used when c. Difficile is suspected. ...Read more

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Yellow watery discharge 2 weeks post d&c, no odour is this normal? taken all my antibiotics, no sexual intercorse either

Yellow watery discharge 2 weeks post d&c, no odour is this normal? taken all my antibiotics, no sexual intercorse either

Not unusual: hi nattashac its quite possible the fluid is a sign of healing if there is no odor, and no increasing pain. Should dry up over the next few days, if not, followup with the practitioner who did the d and c. watch for a fever as well. good luck. ...Read more

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Confused about c-diff, on antibiotics. I thought u get it from contact w/ the germ, why won't handwashing, not touching face, etc. help stop it?

Confused about c-diff, on antibiotics. I thought u get it from contact w/ the germ, why won't handwashing, not touching face, etc. help stop it?

Misunderstandings...: The exact source of Clostridium difficile (C diff) usually isn't known. It probably usually is contracted from other people, and handwashing is very effective in preventing it. "Touching face" has nothing to do with catching C diff. Most of the time, healthy people get no illness from C diff, although being on antibiotics that suppress other intestinal bacteria increases the risk. ...Read more

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On antibiotics 2 weeks, soft mushy stools, told it can happen. Just now noticing stronger odor. Have appt- does an odor always mean c-diff? Scared

Please get lab test: C diff doesn't always have an odor, but your symptoms are concerning. I'm curious what antibiotic you have been on and why. It is important to get stool testing for C Dif and treatment immediately. Please contact the Doctor Who gave you the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Methenamine Hippurate (Definition)

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