When antibiotics are used and how to buy them
Antibiotics or antibacterial drugs are used to treat diseases caused by bacteria. Regardless of the infection location, no infection can be cured without a properly selected antibiotic and a complete course of treatment. There are various types of antibiotics used to treat different infections. Some of them offer broader effect and can be used to treat a number of infections. Other are designed to eliminate cells or prevent from spreading certain bacteria and are not effective against other types of pathogens. Some antibiotics are also used as antineoplastic medications in the treatment of cancer.
Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. Therefore, it is futile to use them to treat a common cold, influenza, herpes, and other widespread viral infections. Though the diseases caused by viruses are commonly referred as viral infections, they are treated differently, with the use of anti-viral medications.
History of antibiotics
Development and production of antibiotics actively began in the late XIX century. The first antibiotic, released in industrial production was Salvarsan (1910). The first modern antibiotic was discovered by Alexander Fleming during his study of pathogenic bacteria. He found out that some of the pathogens can be eliminated using ordinary Penicillium mold, which grows on stale bread, making it green. The discovered substance killing bacteria was called Penicillin. The main flaw of Penicillin was that the substance was very unstable. Only in 1938, the researchers from the Oxford University Howard Florey and Ernst Chain were able to isolate pure penicillin and make it more stable. Due to the high demand for drugs during the Second World War, the mass production of the antibiotic began in 1943.
Medical uses of antibiotics
Currently, antibiotics are used not only to treat infection but also prevent it during surgical operations. In the majority of mild infections, doctors do not appoint susceptibility tests and prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics. In the case of chronic or severe infection, susceptibility study is used. Sometimes an infection cannot be eliminated with a single course of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, therefore, a more precise diagnosis and medical tests that identify the medicines to which the infection is more responsive are required.
The antibiotics are used to treat respiratory and genitourinary tract infections, stomach ulcer, skin, soft tissue, joints and bone infections.
Antibiotics used in the treatment of tuberculosis have a narrow spectrum of activity. They are not effective against other infections than those causing tuberculosis, yet they are the only ones effective against the disease.
Classification of antibiotics
There are various classifications of antibiotics: on their mechanism of action, the spectrum of activity, chemical structure of the medicine, and so on.
Based on the mechanism of action, antibiotics are divided into the following groups:
- Antibiotics from the families of Penicillins and Cephalosporins damage bacterial cell walls.
- Antibiotics from Polymyxin family affect bacterial cell membranes.
- Antibiotics from the families of Rifamycins, Lipiarmycins, Quinolones, and Sulfonamides interfere with the production of bacterial enzymes required for bacterial growth.
- Macrolide, Lincosamide and Tetracycline antibiotics are interfering with the protein synthesis in the bacterial cells.
How to use antibiotics
Each and every antibiotic medicine has different indications for use, dosage, contraindications, and a range of possible side effects. However, there are several rules that should be followed in order to get the best effect from the treatment with any antibiotic:
- Observe the dosage prescribed by your doctor or that indicated in the instruction for your condition, age, and weight. Do not forget to adjust the dosage if you have any problems with kidney or liver. The adjustment recommendations are commonly included in the instruction.
- Take the pills at the same time every day or every other day depending on what the prescription or instruction says. It is crucial to take the medicines at the same time in order to maintain the same amount of the antibacterial agent in the body throughout the day.
- Observe the recommendations on the intake of the pills. For example, if the instruction says that you need to take the pills before a meal, do it so. Many antibiotic medicines provide different effect based on the time of a meal. Some of them are more effective when taken with food, some, on the contrary, lose up to a half of their effect when taken right before or after food intake.
- Do not shorten or prolong the treatment course unless recommended by your doctor. The treatment course lengths recommended by doctors or in the instruction for the drug are identified during multiple clinical trials. Even if you feel better after a few days of the antibiotics intake, do not stop the treatment prematurely. Otherwise, you most likely will develop a complication and need an additional treatment course with a more potent and expensive antibiotic.
Generic antibiotics medicines vs brand drugs
No infection can be treated without correctly chosen antibiotics. However, antibiotic medicines are quite expensive not to mention the tests you need to take and visits to your doctor to get a prescription. Obviously, if you want to cure an infection, you still need to use them. But what should you do if you can't afford brand drugs? The answer is generic antibiotics sold at online pharmacies.
Generic antibiotics are identical to the brand medicines sold at your local drugstores. Their doubtless advantage is that they cost cheaper than the brand drugs while providing the same effect. The generic antibiotics are approved by the World Health Organization and are sold all over the world. You can buy them much cheaper than the brand drugs because they are mainly marketed in the countries with lower average income. Find out what medicine you need and look for its generic version at our online store to enjoy the lowest price. If you still have doubts whether the generic antibiotics we offer provide the same effect or not, you can always get a qualified counseling via email, phone, or online chat from our pharmacists.
If you don't have enough money for a complete course of antibiotics or simply find it the prices at your local drugstores outrageous, buy generic antibiotics.
Generic antibiotics are identical to the expensive brand drugs that your local drugstores sell. The difference between them is that the brand drugs are registered in the country but generics are not. However, they are widely used all over the world. How would people from the countries with lower income treat the same diseases as you do if the drugs were so expensive there? They use the same medicines but can buy them greatly cheaper.
Generic antibiotics are approved by the World Health Organization as safe and effective analogs of the brand drugs. Their spread is even promoted by the WHO as they are more affordable. Do not be turned off by the word "generic". Find out the name of the antibiotic you need for your disease or the name of its active substance and look for its generic version at our online drugstore. You will see a huge difference in the prices. So why would you pay more if you can have the same effect paying twice or thrice less money for the pills?