Antibiotics can’t kill viruses, but they do kill some bacteria. Antibiotic drugs include metronidazole, cefoperazone, furazolidone, daptomycin, tigecycline, amoxicillin and erythromycin.
Q: Is penicillin an antibiotic?
A: Yes, penicillin is one of the many types of antibiotics on the market today. Penicillin is in a group of antibiotics originally produced from Penicillium moulds but most in clinical use today are chemically synthesised.
Q: Can antibiotics make birth control pills less effective?
A: Antibiotics won’t change how well your pill works with the exception of rifampin. Topical antibiotics are not absorbed into the bloodstream, so they won’t impact the effectiveness of your birth control prescription.
Q: What are negative side effects of taking antibiotics?
A: Issues with digestion are the most commonly reported side effects of taking antibiotics and may cause nausea, and stomach pain. If you experience any problems with antibiotics or any other medication, consult your healthcare provider immediately. Our pharmacists are also available during store hours to answer your questions. Although antibiotics kill harmful bacteria, they sometimes kill the good bacteria that protect us from fungal infections. Some antibiotics also cause photosensitivity, so this is a question to ask your healthcare provider when antibiotics are prescribed.
Q: Do antibiotic creams heal abrasions?
A: Bacitracin and Neosporin creams and ointments are common over-the-counter topical antibiotics used in first aid to help prevent infection from minor wounds and scrapes.
If you have any questions about antibiotics, ask your healthcare provider or call one of our pharmacists, who would be happy address your concerns. Summerland PharmaChoice Pharmacy staff and certified healthcare specialists are available to assist you with your home health care needs. We have everything you need in a local community pharmacy, from health care products to prescription services and over-the-counter medicine. We provide in-store and in-home consultations, delivery and consistent follow-up care.
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