Dermatology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Augmentin (Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium)

What is Augmentin? Augmentin is a prescription antibiotic medication. It’s used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Augmentin belongs to the penicillin class of antibiotics. Augmentin contains two drugs: amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. This combination makes Augmentin work against more types of bacteria than antibiotics that contain amoxicillin alone. Augmentin is effective for treating infections […]

Cystic Fibrosis Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Where antibiotics fail, ‘bacteria-eating’ viruses may prevail

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can cause infections that are very difficult to treat, and they may sometimes put a person’s life in danger. However, a creative new approach may offer a potent weapon against these “superbugs.” Bacteriophages (depicted above) are viruses that can infect and destroy bacteria. Could they hold the answer to antibiotic resistance? The recent […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Why pet antibiotics could make their owners sick

At a small animal hospital in the United Kingdom, researchers have found a gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to linezolid — an antibiotic that doctors use to treat serious infections in humans. New research warns about the dangers of transmitting drug-resistant bacteria between humans and their pets. Healthcare professionals give linezolid when […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Is it safe to mix Flagyl and alcohol?

Drinking alcohol while taking Flagyl can cause serious side effects. Doctors and pharmacists advise people to avoid alcohol entirely while using the medication in any form, including oral Flagyl tablets and topical Flagyl creams. Flagyl is an antibiotic that treats many infections, including abdominal and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). While not all antibiotics interact with […]