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Antibiotic choices for ear infection

Antibiotics that can be prescribed for ear infections

Antibiotics are frequently used for the treatment of ear infections, and the Food and Drug Administration approved a number of them for this purpose. The greatest majority belongs to the family of penicillins, cephalosporins and erythromycins, although sulfonamides are also a family of antibiotics that can be used in cases of ear infections.

  • Amoxicillin and Augmentin are some of the most frequent penicillin antibiotics, and while positive sides of amoxicillin are that it causes milder side effects than other penicillins, it is absorbed well and it does not cost much, the positive side of Augmentin is that it is effective when all other medications fail to clear up the infection.
  • Ceclor is an expensive form of cephalosporin antibiotic, which also tends to cause side effects frequently, as well as allergic reactions in children who do not tolerate penicillin. Vantin, Lorabid and suprax are also some of the forms of this type of antibiotic.
  • Pediazole is actually a combination of erythromycin and sufisoxazole, which is particularly useful in cases of children who are allergic to penicillin. Side effects do not occur frequently, and even if they do occur, they are mild.
  • Most usually suggested antibiotics from the sulfonamide family are Bactrim and Gantrisin. While Bactrim is also suitable for children who are allergic to penicillin, Gantrisin is usually used in a prevention of recurrent infections in children.

Children and antibiotics

When it come to children who develop an ear infection, it is necessary to be extra careful before prescribing antibiotics. The most common symptoms in children who have this infection are vomiting and high temperature, which is why it will do more good for them if the treatment begins with antibiotics right away. On the other side, those who do not have these symptoms are not very likely to benefit from the treatment with antibiotics right away, which is why sometimes it might be better to wait a little, because in the majority of cases, ear infections in children improve on their own, practically without the use of antibiotics. If antibiotics are prescribed too soon, the child is more likely to develop some serious disease, which is why it is better to prescribe them only when they are really needed. This means that symptoms such as fever over 102 Fahrenheit, dehydration, and pain that causes sickness need to be present, or the child should be younger than 2.

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