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Medications for Skin or Soft Tissue Infection

Other names: Carbuncle; Carbunculosis; Infection, Skin; Infection, Soft Tissue; Skin Infection; Soft Tissue Infection; Staph Skin Infection

What is Skin or Soft Tissue Infection:  Invasion of the skin with organisms that have the potential to cause disease.

Medications to treat Skin or Soft Tissue Infection

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
cephalexin Rx B N 77 reviews
7.0

Generic name: cephalexin systemic

Brand names:  Keflex, Biocef, Daxbia, Panixine

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
clindamycin Rx B N 50 reviews
6.0

Generic name: clindamycin systemic

Brand names:  Cleocin, Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric, Cleocin Phosphate

Drug class: lincomycin derivatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
doxycycline Rx D N X 17 reviews
7.0

Generic name: doxycycline systemic

Brand names:  Vibramycin, Doxy 100, Alodox, Doryx, Doxy 200, Monodox, Doryx MPC, Mondoxyne NL, Morgidox, Ocudox, Oraxyl, Vibra-Tabs

Drug class: tetracyclines, miscellaneous antimalarials

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
amoxicillin Rx B N 3 reviews
7.0

Generic name: amoxicillin systemic

Brand names:  Amoxil, Apo-Amoxi, Moxilin

Drug class: aminopenicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ciprofloxacin Rx C N 5 reviews
6.0

Generic name: ciprofloxacin systemic

Brand names:  Cipro, Cipro I.V., Cipro XR

Drug class: quinolones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
minocycline Rx D N 6 reviews
5.0

Generic name: minocycline systemic

Brand names:  Minocin, Cleeravue-M, Dynacin, Myrac, Ximino

Drug class: tetracyclines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
amoxicillin / clavulanate Rx B N 21 reviews
7.0

Generic name: amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic

Brand names:  Augmentin, Amoclan, Augmentin ES-600, Augmentin XR

Drug class: beta-lactamase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
azithromycin Rx B N 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Brand names:  Azithromycin Dose Pack, Zithromax, Zmax

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
levofloxacin Rx C N 9 reviews
3.0

Generic name: levofloxacin systemic

Brand name:  Levaquin

Drug class: quinolones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
metronidazole Rx B N X 5 reviews
5.0

Generic name: metronidazole systemic

Brand names:  Flagyl, Metro, Flagyl 375, Flagyl IV

Drug class: amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
clarithromycin Rx C N 13 reviews
4.0

Generic name: clarithromycin systemic

Brand names:  Biaxin, Biaxin XL

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
erythromycin Rx B N X 2 reviews
6.0

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Brand names:  Erythrocin, Erythrocin Stearate Filmtab, E.E.S.-400, E.E.S.-400 Filmtab, E.E.S. Granules, Ery-Tab, Eryc, EryPed, Erythrocin Lactobionate, Ilosone, PCE Dispertab

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
dicloxacillin Rx B N 1 review
10

Generic name: dicloxacillin systemic

Brand names:  Dycill, Dynapen

Drug class: penicillinase resistant penicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
cefuroxime Rx B N Add review
10

Generic name: cefuroxime systemic

Brand names:  Ceftin, Zinacef

Drug class: second generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
vancomycin Rx C N 1 review
4.0

Generic name: vancomycin systemic

Brand names:  Vancocin, Vancocin HCl, Vancocin HCl Pulvules

Drug class: glycopeptide antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
cefadroxil Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: cefadroxil systemic

Brand name:  Duricef

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
cefdinir Rx B N 1 review
1.0

Generic name: cefdinir systemic

Brand names:  Omnicef, Omnicef Omni-Pac

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
meropenem Rx B N 1 review
8.0

Generic name: meropenem systemic

Brand name:  Merrem

Drug class: carbapenems

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
cefepime Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: cefepime systemic

Brand name:  Maxipime

Drug class: fourth generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ceftriaxone Rx B N Add review
10

Generic name: ceftriaxone systemic

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ceftazidime Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: ceftazidime systemic

Brand names:  Ceptaz, Fortaz, Tazicef

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ampicillin Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: ampicillin systemic

Drug class: aminopenicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
cefazolin Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: cefazolin systemic

Brand names:  Ancef, Kefzol

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
moxifloxacin Rx C N Add review
5.0

Generic name: moxifloxacin systemic

Brand names:  Avelox, Avelox I.V.

Drug class: quinolones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
piperacillin / tazobactam Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: piperacillin / tazobactam systemic

Brand name:  Zosyn

Drug class: beta-lactamase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
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Alternative treatments for Skin or Soft Tissue Infection

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Skin or Soft Tissue Infection. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Skin or Soft Tissue Infection.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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