I too agree that prevention is best but for those people who are prone to certain infections, it might be prudent to have something around for an emergency...like if someone is prone to ear infections, utis, pneumonia etc. Not advising people to stock up and become their own doctor, rather have some essentials kicking around for the run of the mill infections that are easily recognized and treated.As a full time EMT, I agree with Axe. Skip the drugs, and stick to common sense prevention.
i also use ciproflaxin (sp) and have used it for infections from the ear to infected cuts and it has worked very well... even as pills expire dont throw them away... they lose effectiveness over time but they will still help. keep it in something airtight.I got mine, Cipro and another broad spectrum-type, from a coworker. Her parents were visiting from India and I put in an order. They are rediculously inexpensive (like $3.50 for 1 course) but I do not know the quality. They look to be the same as American, but were obviously made in India, so I'm a little dubious.
If I suddenly begin posting in Hindi, you will know that I have failed.
It has been years since I had or needed any antibiotics, however, I do want, when I visit my doctor soon for my once yearly prescription renewal appointment, to ask her to prescribe some antibiotic for use in case of a dental abcess or the like. I am allergic to penicillin and as I vaguely recall, from many decades ago (so this may be moot now with newer drugs on the market) I also didn't do well with sulfa drugs.
Does anyone know what kind of antibiotic might serve the above (dental) situation, for me with my 'allergies'? Don't expect you to be a doctor, diagnosing .. so please don't think that - but many of you do seem to have more knowledge about this topic than I do. I will do my own research anyway, and of course, I still need the doctor to prescribe (not going to order out of country), but, if I can ask directly for a particular antibiotic or even type of antibiotic, it might all go faster. Thanks.
There are some cephalosporin antibiotics that can be taken safely if allergic to penicillin, however keflex should be avoided. Part of keflex is very similar to amoxicillin and can induce the same type of allergic reaction. Basically, if you have a type I allergy ie anaphylaxis....stay away from cephalosporins if you can.Keflex(cephlasporin/cephalexin) is the drug of choice with people who are allergic to penicillin, although there is a possible cross allergic reaction, roughly 10% of the population if I remember correctly.
You want to be extremely careful taking any of the "clindamycin" family of anibiotics. If the person takes too much or has a pre-existing condition it can lead to ulcerative colitis.