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28 Jan 2012 03:44 AM

Antibiotics and Anti Viral Medications

These two particular drug categories are quite commonly given when there is an issue that appears to be bacterial or viral. In some cases they are given prophylactically. In other cases they are given to ward off any secondary infections that could result from other illnesses. There are a wide range of these drugs which are prescribed for different ailments. Depending on what is going on, your doctor could choose one of hundreds of medications to give you.

Indications for Anti Viral Drugs

There are many viruses that cause a variety of different ailments. For example, each strain of the flu is a virus and therefore a drug such as Tamiflu may be given to patients who seem to be suffering from the Flu. In recent years we have had a significant number of Swine Flu, Bird Flu and of course your run of the mill Influenza Virus cases. Additionally, there is the Herpes virus which can be treated through the use of Zovirax (Acyclovir) cream. Anti Viral medication will not cure a virus as there is no cure for any virus to date but it will help slow the growth of the virus, thereby helping to lessen the time recovery takes.

Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Medications

There are quite a few antibiotic drugs that are considered broad spectrum antibiotics and one of the more popular ones is Zithromax. This drug is used to treat a number of illnesses including infections of the lungs, ears, throat, skin and many other areas of the body. This drug is often referred to a Z-pack and is given at emergency rooms often for patients coming in with high fevers and obvious signs of infections. Tetracycline is another broad spectrum antibiotic as well as Doxycycline. There are far too many to name but the main idea of these antibiotics is that they are used to treat a number of different types of bacterial infections.

Always Finish Your Whole Prescription

One thing that many people do not realize about antibiotics is that taking only half of your prescription and then stopping can be detrimental to their health for several reasons. First of all, whatever condition you were taking the prescription for may clear up and appear to have gone away with only a couple of days of medication. However, it will almost certainly return if you have not finished the entire course of antibiotic drugs. Another problem with taking only a few of your pills and then stopping them is that you will more than likely begin taking them again, should the infection return. This can cause you to become immune to the medication after a certain period of time.

Follow the Dosage Directions

A very important aspect of taking antibiotics and anti virals is making sure to stay on time with your dosage. Even if you find that you must set an alarm to indicate when it is time to take your medicine, making sure you take your dose at the right time is vital. For example, if you are prescribed one pill 4 times per day, you will want to take this medication once every six hours. Try not to deviate from that or miss doses. Antibiotics and antivirals work by building up to certain levels in your body. If you allow that amount to fluctuate significantly, the result will be counterproductive.
Most doctors these days try very hard not to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics. However, there are cases in which they are absolutely vital to a person’s wellbeing. Before antibiotic drugs were invented people often died of things like strep throat or even abscessed teeth. Fortunately, modern medicine has made these conditions quite easy to treat.
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