Medication: What is an Anti-infective?

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Anti-infectives are a class of medications than can either kill an infectious agent or inhibit it from spreading. Some sub-classes of anti-infectives include: Amebicides, Aminoglycosides, Anthelmintics, Antimalarial Agents, Antifungals, Antiprotozoals, Antituberculosis Agents, Antivirals, Cephalosporins, Fluoroquinolones, Macrolides, Penicillins, and Tetracyclines. Anti-infectives treat a number of infections whether it be a minor bacteria infection or providing a vaccine for a particular virus.

Amebicides destroy or kill amebiasis. Some Amebicides include brand name Yodoxin, generic name iodoquinol. Iodoquinol is used to treat intestinal infections caused by amoebae. You should always use caution when taking this medication because iodoquinol can cause dizziness and blurry vision. Always take this medication exacly how your physician requires you to do so. You should always take this medication with a full glass of water after a meal. Another drug from the class of Amebicides is brand name Flagyl, generic name metronidazole. Flagyl is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. You should never consume any alcohol while on this particular medication. Aminoglycosides are bactericidal agents used to treat gram negative infections. Aminoglycosides do not absorb well when given orally so they must be given intavenously to get its systemic effect. Some Aminoglycosides include brand name Garamycin, generic name gentamicin. Garamycin can treat infections of the eyes and ears caused by bacteria, as well as urinary tract infections. Another Aminoglycoside is brand name Nebcin, generic name tobramycin. Tobramycin can treat infections caused by bacteria as well as in the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Patients treated with this drug s...

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...your prescription runs out. Augmentin, generic name amoxicillin/potassium clavulanate treats many infections such as ear infections, bronchitis and sinusitis. Pregnancy category B. Tetracyclines are bacteriastatic. They inhibit bacterial growth by inhibiting protein synthesis. Tetracyclines can cause photosensitivity. They can also treat acne and skin infections. Tetracycline topical ointments can stop bacteria from growing on the skin. Terramycin, generic name oxytetracycline comes as an oral tablet and an opthalmic ointment. Achromycin, generic name tetracycline hydrochloride is FDA pregnancy category B.

Anti-infectives can kill an infectious agent or prevent it from spreading. Anti-infectives are good to have because without them diseases would be spread throughout the world ant many lives would be taken away.

Katie Parfait