Antibiotics are types of drugs that are generally safe to use by the masses, and some of them can be taken without a prescription. Such antibiotics which can be acquired even without a prescription are called over the counter antibiotics. These antibiotics are often placed on shelves in local pharmacies that are meant for easy access for patients. Also, over the counter antibiotics might be present in non-pharmacy areas such as convenience shops, grocery stalls and huge discount retailers. In the United States alone, there are around more than 80 classes of over the counter drugs ranging from pain relievers to slimming products, and some of them are over the counter antibiotics that can help get rid of bacterial infections.
Some Bacterial Infections that Over the Counter Antibiotics can Treat
There are actually a lot of conditions that over the counter antibiotics can help treat, bacterial infections being one of them. Below are some of the conditions/ailments in which over the counter antibiotics are needed:
Acne – There are lots of anti-acne over the counter antibiotics available in pharmacies, drugstores, supermarket and grocery stores. Antibiotics can be either put on top of the affected skin (topical) or they can be taken orally (within the body/systemic). Over the counter antibiotics for acne typically work by clearing one’s skin of bacteria that cause acne and reduce redness and inflammation as well. Over the counter antibiotics that are taken orally usually can cause more side effects than topical ones, but they can be useful for more severe types of acne cases. Some examples of over the counter antibiotics include tetracycline, erythromycin, trimethoprim, minocycline, and doxycycline. Continue reading