Amoxicillin 500mg as a Bacteriostatic Antibiotic

What are antibiotics? Antibiotic is a class of pharmacological drugs that is used to stop bacterial growth. Antibiotics could either be bactericidal or bacteriostatic. Bactericidal means it kills the bacteria that is producing the infection. On the other hand, when we say bacteriostatic, it stops the growth of the microorganisms thus preventing the progress of infection.

Amoxicillin 500mg is an example of a bacteriostatic antibiotic. It does not kill the bacteria, instead it stops the growth of bacteria by altering their protein synthesis. Amoxicillin 500mg is used to treat respiratory infections, nose infections, ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. There is no standard amoxicillin dosage for everyone. Basically, it will depend on the age and weight of the patient. Read more…

Relistor may weaken the GI wall

When to beware

As all meds do, mythylnaltrexone bromide (Relistor) has its share of possible side effects, the most common being dizziness, flatulence, mild diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and hyperhidrosis. Severe reactions include a serious case of any already mentioned, or allergic reactions.

Today, Health Canada and Wyeth Canada added a new possible adverse reaction to the list: a heightened risk of gastrointestinal perforation, especially in those with GI cancers and other conditions that could weaken the gastrointestinal wall.

When Relistor came onto the scene – it was approved by Health Canada on March 28, 2008 – it relieved opioid-induced constipation in palliative-care patients with incurable cancers, end-stage COPD from emphysema, heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and so on, when other laxative therapies could not – in under 30 minutes. Administered by subcutaneous injection, it blocks opioids from entering cells, allowing bowels to revert to normal function, while not interfering with the opioid’s ability to relieve pain.

The current warning advises discontinuing Relistor and seeking professional help if severe, persistent symptoms like abdominal pain intensified by movement, nausea and vomiting -- possibly accompanied by fever and chills – worsen, as these can be signs of GI perforation.

It makes one wonder, though, if the original studies on this drug should have lasted a wee bit longer than four months.
Milena Katz