1 doctor weighed in:

Are analgesics and antibiotics considered systemic? I am being asked what body systems are involved with certain medications for my homework and i cannot find these categories in my body-systems material. Can you help?

1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Yes,

Yes, if you take them by mouth they are.
Antibiotics and analgesics can also get into the blood stream when given intravenously or rectally. Analgesics and antibiotics that are not systemic might include certain eye drops or ointments, topical medications that go on your skin, spray in your nose or something that is swished in the mouth and spit out.

In brief: Yes,

Yes, if you take them by mouth they are.
Antibiotics and analgesics can also get into the blood stream when given intravenously or rectally. Analgesics and antibiotics that are not systemic might include certain eye drops or ointments, topical medications that go on your skin, spray in your nose or something that is swished in the mouth and spit out.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vikram Patel
Board Certified,
34 years in practice
970K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors