One of the greatest discoveries in human history was made by accident by Alexander Fleming in 1928, when he found some of his experimental colonies of Staphylococcus killed by a mysterious mold in his lab. That mold turned out to be Penycillin. Before Fleming, more patients died from infections contracted in hospitals than of actual diseases they were admitted there for. There was no cure for pneumonia or gonorrhea, and 9 out of 10 children who сontracted meningitis died of it. It was a dangerous world.
While antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives, Alexander Fleming himself could see the main issue associated with them - the devopment of bacterial resistance. In his Nobel prize acceptance speech in 1945, he said, "Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug, make them resistant."
Be careful when taking antibiotics
Before you proceed to read the short guide to the most important and affordable antibiotics, prepared for you by our Canadian pharmacy specialists, here are a few things you should remember when buying antibiotics.
Here at the Canadian Helth&Care Mall, we make your health our top priority and always provide you with the necessary warnings.
- Remember: antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Some antibiotics are designed to destroy bacterial colonies, while others inhibit their growth. But whichever antibiotic you choose, they are useless against viral infections. The most common viral diseases are common cold, flu, and most kinds of cough (except for strep cough). Do not take antibiotics to treat cold!
- Always complete the course of treatment. You may feel much better after only a few doses and feel tempted (or simply forget) to take the remaining pills. That is just as bad as taking no antibiotics at all: as Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, "that which does not kill us, makes us stronger". That's exactly what happens to bacteria in your body: when the amount of antibiotic is not enough to kill them, they develop resistance and quickly evolve into deadlier, more resistant strains, which you pass on to people around you. You risk your own health and that of your loved ones.
- Take care of your intestinal flora. While antibiotics are designed to kill bad bacteria, it has an adverse effect on the beneficial microflora that resides in your gut, allowing malignant microbes to grow in its place. The good microflora is essential to your digestion, and its disbalance (called dysbacteriosis) can lead to diarrhea, bloating, and cramps. Therefore, whenever you take antibiotics, make sure to take probiotic supplements or simply consume some fermented dairy, such as ayran, yogurt, or kefir.
- Beware of adverse effects. Only about 5% of people experience serious side effects when taking antibiotics, but it does not mean you should not take them into account. Common side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, and feeling generally sick. Here at Canadian Health&Care Mall, we make sure to only offer the safest and best-tested antibiotics to you.
Which one should I take?
Now that you have learned the antibiotic basics, allow our Canadian pharmacy technicians to guide you through some of the most common bacterial infections and suggest the antibiotics best-suited for each illness.
- Abdominal infections - Cipro
- Chlamydia - Vibramycin
- Colitis - Flagyl
- Dental infections - Amoxicillin
- Dental surgery - Amoxicillin
- Fungal infections - Bactrim
- Gastroenteritis - Cipro
- Gonorrhea - Zithromax
- Infected animal bites - Amoxicillin
- Lyme disease Tetracycline
- Otitis (inflammation of the middle ear) - Zithromax
- Parasites (lice, scabies, etc. ) Stromectol
- Pharyngitis - Cefalexin
- Pneumonia - Zithromax, Cefalexin
- Prostatitis Vibramycin
- Traveller's diarrhea - Bactrim
- Urinary infections - Amoxicillin, Trimethoprim - Cefalexin
- Vaginosis and other infections of female reproductive system - Flagyl
Of course, this is far from the complete list of bacterial diseases that can be treated by antibiotics. Besides, for each kind of infection, there are both first-line antibiotic treatments (that is, those of choice, the most effective and safe) and second-line - for those patients who for some reason turn out to have adverse reactions to the default drugs.
Our advice is to always consult with a doctor before taking antibiotics. While the Canadian Health&Care Mall offers the widest possible range of antibiotics, you should know that some of them are geared at some types of bacteria more than others. While many antibiotics are called "general", you will do wisely to choose the first-line medication for your specific infection. Many diseases have similar symptoms, however; and often only a doctor can prescribe the correct active ingredient for you.
So why just not follow a doctor's prescription and buy your antibiotics at a local pharmacy?
In fact, there are several reasons to choose antibiotics at a leading online pharmacy instead of at a small drugstore near your home:
- For each active ingredient, various generic antibiotic medications exist - they are all equally efficient, but your doctor may not know their names and will instead fill a prescription for an expensive drug. You will end up paying much more.
- Some active ingredients can be hard to find in small drugstores. A large online pharmacy offers the greatest possible choice.
- The advice of a pharmacist can not always be relied upon. The search engine of our Canadian pharmacy allows you to find antibiotics by both active ingredient AND type of infection. Just use the Search form at the top of the page and enter the name of the disease, such as "otitis" or "vaginosis".
- We offer a selection of generic antibiotics for each active ingredient, so that you can choose the dosage best suited for your case.