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What to Always Remember about Over the Counter Antibiotics

Most of us, when ill with an infection, immediately go to the local pharmacy and ask the pharmacist for any over the counter antibiotics that they can recommend.  While it is definitely okay for pharmaceutical shops to dispense over the counter antibiotics to those who need it, there are some countries that do not allow the easy-dispensing of such items, even if in some areas of the world that particular medicine or drug is labeled as an over the counter item.  With the evident rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria occurring each time someone carelessly takes over the counter antibiotics, many countries have become stricter and have imposed health laws that do not allow their citizens to easily buy over the counter antibiotics and in many cases, they should first need a doctor’s prescription in order for the pharmacist to give them the antibiotic they need.

The very first drug with antibiotic elements was called penicillin, identified in 1929 by Alexander Fleming.

Most over the counter antibiotics are taken orally or by mouth.  In more serious situations like systemic or within-the-body infections, antibiotics would be administered to the patient intravenously.  There are some over the counter antibiotics that can be administered in a topical manner such as ointments or eye drops. Continue reading “What to Always Remember about Over the Counter Antibiotics” »