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Antibiotics Phillipa

Posted by ed_uk on October 19, 2006, at 15:19:33

In reply to Re: Guess Emsam is a bust... sigh... ed_uk, posted by Phillipa on October 18, 2006, at 20:43:25

Hi PJ

>levoquin made me almost run a car off the road when it first came out it's horrible

Why PJ, what happened?

I hear Levaquin is widely used by GPs in the US. GPs in the UK hardly ever prescribe levofloxacin (Levaquin, Tavanic). It's mainly used to treat serious infections which have been demonstrated to be resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics. It's mainly reserved for hospital use.

Amoxicillin (Amoxil) is preferred for respiratory tract infections, middle ear infections, bacterial sinusitis etc. Erythromycin is used a lot for pneumonia. Trimethoprim and cefalexin (Keflex) are popular for uncomplicated cystitis. Co-trimoxazole (Bactrim, Septrin) is never prescribed for cystitis in the UK anymore, it has been replaced by trimethoprim alone which has less side effects.

GPs in the UK almost never prescribe expensive new antibiotics actually. They're used a lot in hospitals though, to treat serious infections.

Ed xx


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