Why You Need a Prescription for Antibiotics.
When you buy antibiotics, the pharmacist will always ask for a doctor’s prescription.
Antibiotics fight bacterial infections, and can therefore save patients suffering from illnesses, such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
Can I get antibiotics without seeing a doctor?
But they are not without risk, especially when taken without a doctor’s supervision. Yet a new study review suggests that’s exactly what many Americans are doing: misusing “under-the-counter” or old leftover antibiotics to self-medicate without seeing a doctor or getting a prescription.
Are antibiotics available over the counter?
Over-the-counter (OTC) oral antibiotics are not approved in the U.S. A bacterial infection is best treated with a prescription antibiotic that is specific for the type of bacteria causing the infection. Some products treat or prevent minor cuts, scrapes or burns on the skin that may get infected with bacteria.
Why do you need a prescription for amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin is used in the treatment of infections that are thought to be caused by bacteria susceptible to the antibiotic. Push Health can help people who might need an amoxicillin prescription connect with medical providers who can prescribe amoxicillin if clinically appropriate.
Why are antibiotics prescribed?
Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent some types of bacterial infection. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing and spreading. Antibiotics aren’t effective against viral infections, such as the common cold, flu, most coughs and sore throats.