The range of medications available at Health&Care Mall pharmacy is very wide and is thoroughly selected to meet the requirements of customers. The section for Antibiotics includes a few dozen drugs that are most commonly prescribed as a treatment for bacterial infections of different genesis. In this article, we are going to learn more about Top 3 Antibiotics: Zithromax, Amoxicillin, Tetracycline.
What is the difference between antibiotics and other types of drugs?
The notion “antibiotic” can be used for a vast number of medications with various chemical properties. They all have in common the following feature: these drugs can stop the growth and multiplication of bacteria. It should be mentioned, that there are hundreds of bacteria species surrounding us and inhabiting our bodies.
An interesting fact: the total weight of bacteria, normally inhabiting the intestine, is more than a kilo (or two pounds)! All these microorganisms perform a lot of useful functions and are vital for normal body performance. One of the most essential functions is protection from hostile bacteria and support of normal balance of microorganisms within the body.
Use of antibiotics
The most complicated aspect in the use of antibiotics is that they kill both pathogenic and useful bacteria, so the indications for their prescription should be seriously considered by a healthcare provider. Antibiotics should be sold only by prescriptions. The reason for the use of antibacterial drugs is the doctor’s conviction that the inflammatory process is caused precisely by bacteria, not by viruses or fungi, since viruses are resistant to antibiotics, and at the same time most intestinal and catarrhal infections are of a viral nature.
The second problem associated with antibiotic therapy is that not all drugs in this group are effective for all types of bacteria. Therefore, the selection of a specific drug is based on the symptoms typical for a specific kind of bacteria to cause. But even in this case, no one can be completely sure that the antibiotic will help, since a lot of microorganisms have developed resistance to their effects over the years of using and misusing antibacterial drugs. Information on the frequency of resistant strains of specific microbes to specific drugs is constantly updated and sent to doctors. Using these data, medical experts make recommendations on drugs, dosages and treatment plans.
Naturally, patients themselves are unable to correctly choose an effective drug, so it is better to follow the advice of a healthcare provider. Uncontrolled use of antibiotics, especially powerful ones, increases the number of resistant strains of pathogenic microbes. To treat diseases caused by these strains, medical industry requires more and more powerful antibacterial agents, often with stronger side effects.
Another important thing to keep in mind is the necessity to complete the treatment course of antibacterial drug without interruptions and giving it up. It often happens that after one or two days of intake, the fever disappears, the symptoms become less disturbing or disappear, and the patients feel like giving up the medicine.
This is strictly forbidden in any case, as it may lead to a chronic course of the disease, the development of complications, a new outbreak of the disease. Another problem of such an approach is decreased efficacy of the antibiotic for the same bacteria, so the patient must use a more powerful one (with higher risks and more serious side effects).
What are the most popular antibiotics at the online pharmacy?
One of the most prescribed antibiotic drug that showed high effectiveness for a considerable number of infections is Tetracycline. This is the generic name; a lot of brand names exist on the market too.
Tetracycline is used to treat bacterial infections of the intestines, skin, respiratory and urinary tracts, genitals and other systems of the organism. The most common uses of Tetracycline include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. This drug is effective in the treatment of severe acne.
Tetracycline helps a lot to control major epidemic diseases, such as plaque, malaria, cholera and many others. Patented in 1950-ies, its first commercial use happened after a lot of testing and research in 1978.
This medication in included on the list of the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. The WHO list helps to make medications available to the developing countries and provides a price and availability control worldwide.
As all other antibiotic drugs, tetracycline has some side effects from the side of gastrointestinal tract. There are some other side effects that are specific for this drug, they are listed in the instruction to the medication.
- Zithromax (Azithromycin)
This antibacterial drug is semi-synthetic, i.e. Zithromax is a modern, structurally reorganized erythromycin, such an enhancement improves the acid resistance of the drug 300 times. Azithromycin was first manufactured in 1980.
Zithromax is used to treat many bacterial infections including ear infections, respiratory tract infections, some skin and intestinal infections and STD (sexually transmitted diseases). In some cases, healthcare providers may prescribe Zithromax for other types of diseases or in combination with other drugs.
This medication usually implies oral or intravenous administration once a day. The dosage may vary depending on the case. Possible side effects are quite common for all antibiotics and include gastrointestinal tract problems.
Using Zithromax during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be considered by the doctor. Zithromax cannot be used by people with liver problems and infants under 6 months. People with contraindications to Zithromax (Azithromycin) can benefit from natural remedies with antibacterial properties.
This medication in included on the list of the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. The WHO list helps to make medications available in the developing world and gives recommendations on the price for these medications worldwide.
Amoxicillin is a semi-synthetic antibiotic of the penicillin group. Its pharmacological properties are close to ampicillin, but Amoxicillin features better bioavailability when taken orally as it has high resistance to acid.
The drug was developed by Beecham company in 1972 and was sold under the name Amoxil, however, the patent for the drug has already expired, and today other manufacturers sell it under other names (both brand and generic).
Amoxicillin is most commonly prescribed to treat respiratory tract diseases caused by bacteria. Also, a very popular reason for using Amoxicillin is Helicobacter pylori infection. In this case Amoxicillin is used in combination with clarithromycin and lansoprazole. Amoxicillin antibiotic can also be prescribed in case of some skin or urinary tract diseases.
Amoxicillin can be found on the list of the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. This drug is considered very important worldwide.