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Antibiotics (also called antibacterials) are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They work by slowing down the growth of bacteria that cause contagious diseases. Antibiotics should not be misused as this may result in the emergence of antibacterial-resistant bacteria.

Asked in Birth Control, Birth Control Pill, Drug Interactions, Antibiotics

Do antibiotics affect the birth control pill?

Study after study shows that there are no clinically significant drug interactions* between the vast majority of antibiotics and the birth control pill. Anecdotal evidence from health care providers has led some to recommend using a backup method of birth control for a week after using antibiotics. Long-term use (as for acne) does not increase the risk of pregnancy. There are a few antibiotics, such as rifampin and griseofulvin and some HIV medications, that do interact. The safest approach is to check...
Asked in Birth Control, Birth Control Pill, Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics

Does Amoxicillin affect the Birth Control Pill?

Amoxicillin and other antibiotics can make the BCPs less effective. Most suggest a barrier method like condoms. Because our bodies are all so different there is no real way to measure this. What is enough to cause one woman to get pregnant may not have an effect on another. Microorganisms in your gut can alter the drug, it gets sent back to the liver, which changes it back, and the cycle starts over meanwhile the drug is effective. If you take antibiotics...
Asked in Antibiotics, Chickenpox

Are antibiotics used to treat chickenpox?

Because chickenpox is a viral disease, antibiotics are ineffective against it. Your doctor will give you antibiotics if secondary infection has occurred -- that is, if the chickenpox bumps show signs of infection with bacteria. Antivirals can be used to treat chickenpox in severe cases, but do not cure the infection. The virus remains in your body for life. ...
Asked in Antibiotics

What is the treatment for STDs?

STD treatments vary depending on the conditions you have or are experiencing. If you name the STD I can tell you what the doctor will most likely prescribe. Each STD is normally treated with a different drug; whether it is from a bacteria or a virus. TDs, if a bacteria, are treated with antibiotics; if viral they are treated with antiviral medications. STDs are treated with antibiotics or antiviral medications. STDs are treated with prescription medications. The STIs not caused by a virus...
Asked in Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care), Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics

Is it safe to take antibiotics while pregnant?

There are many drugs, that fall under the category of antibiotics. Some of them are safe during the pregnancy, while others are not. Your gynaecologist knows about the same. You are not supposed to take drugs of your own during pregnancy. Antibiotics are the class of drugs that must be prescribed to you by your doctor. You are requested to tell your doctor that you are pregnant, specially in the early months of pregnancy. Next time you go to the doctor, mention...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics

Can ciprofloxacin and doxycycline be used together?

I am on both Cipro and Doxy at the same time. I am allergic to Penicillin and I am having trouble fighting off a nasty Pasteurella infection in my hand after an animal bite. So yes, you can use them together. The only side effect I've had is increased urination and a touch of the blues. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics, Penicillin

Does penicillin work on colds?

No. Penicillin and other antibiotics are only made for treating (or sometimes preventing) bacterial infections and have no effect on viral infections, such as colds and flu. You waste your money to take these for a cold unless the doctor is prescribing them for a secondary bacterial infection that you have along with the cold. They may seem to be making you feel better, but often that is just that by the time you give up and go to the doctor and...
Asked in Antibiotics, Melatonin

Can you take melatonin while on antibiotics?

Ask you Doc or pharmacist. I wouldn't , as many anti-biotics make people drowsy by themselves. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Drug Interactions, Antibiotics, Ibuprofen, Anti-Inflammatories, Amoxicillin

Can you take amoxicillin and Doxycycline same time?

Yes you can.. When I had tonsillitis.. they gave me 500 mg amoxicllian pills.. take 2 pills, 3x daily. And 100mg doxycycline pills, one pill 2x daily. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics, Penicillin

Can cats take penicillin g benzathine?

Pen BP-48 (each ml - 150,000 units Penicillin G. Benzathine and 150,000 units Penicillin G. Procaine) Typically used for fighting baterial infections. For Dogs: 1 cc per 20 pounds every 48 hrs. subcutaneously Generally this antibiotic is not recommended for cats. Unless you have years of experience treating farm animals you should always Consult a Licensed Veterinarian before administering drugs to animals. Remember that administering drugs to farm animals is different than administering drugs to a small animal like a dog or cat etc. The concentration...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Drug Side Effects, Antibiotics, Penicillin

What are long-term effects of penicillin?

Penicillin can give you Abdominal Pain, bone and joint pain, Bloating, Chest pain and weakness. Theres more but I really cant think of them ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Drug Interactions, Antibiotics, Hydrocodone, Painkillers, Vicodin

Can you take vicodin while taking azithromycin?

Yes you can. Vicodin is a combination drug of Tylenol and hydrocodone which is a mild narcotic. The azithromycin is an antibiotic. There are no known drug interactions between the two. ...
Asked in Health, Antibiotics

What are diet restrictions while on antibiotics?

Some antibiotics you must not ingest alcohol whilst taking them -i.e during the course of the antibiotics. However specific dietary restrictions are not necessary. Sometimes eating live natural yoghurt is encouraged since using antibiotics can result in oral thrush - the live yoghurt is supposed to help prevent this. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics

Why don't antibiotics work against fungal diseases?

Quite a few. One of the most common is fluconazole. Others include ketoconazole, itraconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, nystatin, and terbinafine. The are often considered antifungals rather than antibiotics though. Some are available for topical use and some are oral medications. S - RPh ...
Asked in Antibiotics

Can doxycycline cover up THC?

Doxycycline is an antibiotic, why would it? No.
Asked in Health, Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics

Can you take vicodin while taking Bactrim DS?

Yes, it may cause a little more dizziness, but make sure you stay hydrated and eat well while taking both. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Civil Lawsuits, Antibiotics

Is there a class action lawsuit for Avelox?

There are individual lawsuits alleging personal injuries for side-effects from Avelox. I do not see an Avelox class action (yet). I suggest you contact a plaintiff class action attorney for further advice and information. Good luck. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics, Medication and Alcohol Interactions

Can you drink wine when taking apo-clindamycin?

No! It not advisable to drink alcohol of any kind with any type of antibiotic. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics, Medication and Alcohol Interactions

Can you drink alcohol while taking Clindamycin?

Yes, you can drink alcohol while taking Clindamycin. No harmful interactions with alcohol are listed online on or As always drink responsibly, and ask this question of your doctor if you can. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics, Penicillin

Can you take Flucloxacillin and Penicillin at the same time?

can you take sulfameth trimethoprim and clindamycin at same time.
Asked in Antibiotics, Drug Safety

Can you snort minocycline?

You should not be "snorting" anything. It is a dangerous thing, and can lead to an unhealthy addiction. I am positive that nothing good will come of it. Minocycline may be a helpful treatment as an antibiotic, but nothing is safe when "snorting". ...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics

Are antibiotics used to combat viral disease?

No, antibiotics won't kill viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. You need an antiviral for a viral infection. ...
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics, Penicillin

Can you sell penicillin?

You can sell it if you have a pharmacy license.
Asked in Cold and Flu, Medication and Drugs, Infectious Diseases, Antibiotics, Swine Flu (H1N1/09), Tamiflu

Is Tamiflu an antibiotic?

No. Tamiflu is an antiviral that makes it harder for the flu virus to spread within the body. Antibiotics fight bacteria which would be useless on the flu which is a virus not a bacteria. ...