Antibiotics (Zithromax, Cipro, Erythromycin, Tetracycline, Doxycycline)
Antibiotics are drugs that inhibit the growth of bacteria or kill it. The term appeared in 1942 and started to be used for any antagonist microorganisms that stopped the growth of other microorganisms. Antibiotics are very powerful and serious drugs and can be used for bacterial infections, certain fungal infections and parasites. As for the causes of most infections, they may be caused by either viruses or bacteria. Bacterial infections usually include would and skin infections, sinus infections, ear infections, strep throat, urinary tract infections. Viral infections include colds, most ear infections, coughs, sore throats, bronchitis, flu and stomach flu. In some cases sought and sore throats may be caused by bacteria, but these are just the exceptions to the rule.
Using antibiotics when you do not need them can lead to developing antibiotic resistance, which means that the bacteria in your body will not be responding to the treatment and will keep multiplying. Instead of taking antibiotics to treat viral infections (that they won't be efficient against anyway), you can talk to your health care provider about the remedies available to relieve the symptoms of your illness, such as sore throat and stuffy nose.
Antibiotics must be taken exactly as prescribed (this is actually a recommendation for any medicines you are taking) and the treatment must not be stopped until you have used all of the medicine you have been prescribed. You have to go through a full course of treatment as in case you stop taking the medicine suddenly only the weakest bacteria may turn out to be killed, while the remaining part will grow resistant to the effects of this particular medicine and it will stop being efficient. As a result, a relapse of infection can occur. When you visit your doctor to treat some condition that is presumably bacteria-induced he will prescribe a certain antibiotic, as many of them are narrow-spectrum.
For instance, if you have got earache it is most likely caused by a certain kind of bacteria and your health care provider will know which kind of bacteria it is most likely to be. If you have pneumonia, in most cases it is also a certain kind of bacteria. Since there are so many kinds of antibiotics these days you will also have a choice between more expensive and cheaper antibiotics etc.
The best way to deal with a problem is by preventing it from happening. This is exactly what you can do – avoid the necessity of ever taking antibiotics by taking good care of your health. It's important to keep good personal hygiene – washing your hands with soap regularly is a simple yet very efficient way of doing it, especially after visiting a public bathroom or being in some place where you have to touch handles, doors, other people and some foods, for example, raw meat and poultry.
However, if you have got an infection and your doctor established that it was caused by bacteria you may be prescribed one of the following most popular antibiotics available: Trimox, Zithromax, Cipro, Myambutol, Cleocin gel, Noroxin, Levaquin, Ethionamide, Omnicef, Flagyl ER, Erythromycin, Chloromycetin, Prograf, Stromectol, Keftab, Vantin, Zyvox, Isoniazid, Septilin, Ampicillin, Cleocin, Cefixime, Chloramphenicol, Brand Amoxil, Sumycin, Floxin, Bactrim, Cefadroxil, Ceftin, Amoxil, Augmentin, Cephalexin, Terramycin, Biaxin, Minocin, Roxithromycin, Lincocin, Tetracycline, Minocycline, and Doxycycline.
In case you have been prescribed tetracycline or any other antibiotic from the list above, it's important that you follow all the recommendations of your doctor, even if they are different from the information on the label. The instructions of your doctor related to how you are supposed to take tetracycline and how often you are supposed to take is are based on your condition and the kind of antibiotic you need. If your health care provider thinks tetracycline should be combined with some other antibiotic – make sure you do as prescribed, just do not combine your tetracycline with other drugs on your own and without your doctor's knowledge.