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  •  Some inaccuracies about resistance. (0+ / 0-)

    It is true that there is more money now in erectile dysfunction drugs than antibiotics, and no new antibiotic families are being developed as far as I know. But drugs like penicillin G are still quite effective and are used as primary treatments in Scandinavian countries for gram positive cocci. The difference is the dose is 5X higher now than 30 or 40 years ago.
    In the US, we are giving fancy cephalosporins instead. It makes much more sense to reduce the different antibiotics and move to higher doses.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 05:53:44 PM PDT

    •  Actually, I just came of course of penicillin V (1+ / 0-)
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      for strep throat just ten days ago. Worked like a charm. Actually, the whole family had strep, and the kids got amoxicillin since penicillin apparently tastes gross when given as a suspension. Still, amoxicillin is almost as old of a standby as penicillin.

      Then, my wife's infection returned, and this time they put her on a cephalosporin. Hopefully that will do the trick.

      In any case, at least our doctors here in Virginia still use penicillins, so not all US doctors have given up on them.

      "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

      by Drobin on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:44:42 PM PDT

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      •  Just be careful when they prescribe (0+ / 0-)

        levoquin for persistent strep. Read up on it because it is a very toxic drug. It is given in 10 d. course, but should be discontinued after 5 days if you are better. I am not a doctor but am developing software for antibiotic management in the hospital ICU, where we are hoping to cut antibiotic use by 10 - 20% (we believe about 50% of antibiotic use is excessive / misprescribed).

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 08:19:41 AM PDT

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