Find Treatment & Antibiotics at Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center
Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections. They work in two general ways: They either directly kill bacteria or block bacteria from reproducing.
Some antibiotics target specific types of bacteria, while others have a broad spectrum and treat many different types. You take some antibiotics by mouth, others come as injections, some you must get as an IV, and others you apply to your skin, eyes or ears. It all depends on which part of the body is infected and how serious the infection is.
Whether you are sick or have an injury, our team of medical professionals at Southcoast Health can diagnose your condition and prescribe the appropriate antibiotics to help you recover. Find an urgent care location in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Seekonk or Wareham, MA today to receive quick medical care close to home.
Types of Antibiotics
There are numerous types of antibiotics. Some are mainly for hospital use, so you may never need them. The main classes of antibiotics you will find at your pharmacy include:
- Aminoglycosides, such as gentamicin (Garamycin, Gentak) and tobramycin (Tobrex)
- Cephalosporins, such as cephalexin (Keflex) and cefaclor (Ceclor)
- Fluoroquinolones, such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Macrolides, such as erythromycin (E-Mycin), azithromycin (Zithromax) and clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Penicillins, such as amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox) and penicillin V (PC Pen VK, Pen-V)
- Sulfonamides, such as trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
- Tetracyclines, such as doxycycline (Vibramycin) and tetracycline (Sumycin)
Reasons for Prescribing Antibiotics
Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat or prevent bacterial infections, such as:
- Ear infections
- Following surgery
- Sinus infections
- Skin infections
- Strep throat
- Traumatic wounds
- Urinary tract infections
However, bacteria are not always the cause of these infections. For example, viruses cause more coughs, bronchitis and sinus infections than bacteria. Your doctor will determine the likely cause in your case. If it’s bacterial, an antibiotic is in order.
Risks & Complications
Side effects of antibiotics vary depending on the specific drug, but possible side effects may include:
- Changes in taste
- Gastrointestinal upset, including stomachache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Photosensitivity, which is sensitivity to sunlight causing you to burn easily
- Rash and other allergic reactions
- Vaginal yeast infections
The antibiotic you take will come with written information on known side effects and when to seek medical help.
Prescribing Effective Antibiotics for Patients in MA & RI
When your doctor at Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center prescribes an antibiotic, be sure to take the full course. This will ensure that the infection clears and decrease the risk of developing drug-resistant bacteria.
Southcoast Health provides urgent care for minor injuries and illness, as well as prescribing antibiotics, for patients across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.