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Medications for Bacterial Skin Infection

Other names: Cellulitis; Infection, skin, bacterial; Skin Infection, bacterial

Bacterial Skin Infections involve microbial invasion of the skin with various causes and severities. Bacterial infections may be treated with antibiotics.

Drugs used to treat Bacterial Skin Infection

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

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim 5.0 245 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Brand names:  Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Co-trimoxazole, Septra, Septra DS, Sulfatrim Pediatric …show all

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Bactrim 5.6 93 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Bactrim DS 4.3 57 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

bacitracin 1.0 2 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Neosporin 6.5 2 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Triple Antibiotic 10 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Co-trimoxazole 8.0 1 review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Septra 7.3 3 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Septra DS 5.5 3 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b 7.7 3 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Brand names:  Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic, Curad Triple Antibiotic, Medi-Quik …show all

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: interactions, side effects

Sulfatrim Pediatric Rate Add review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

A + D Cracked Skin Relief 5.5 2 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: benzalkonium chloride / lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: interactions, side effects

Antibiotic Plus Pain Relief 5.0 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: neomycin / polymyxin b / pramoxine topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

benzalkonium chloride / lidocaine 6.4 5 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: benzalkonium chloride / lidocaine topical

Brand names:  A + D Cracked Skin Relief, First Aid Antiseptic

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: interactions, side effects

Cortisporin Cream Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Drug class: topical steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Cortisporin Ointment Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: bacitracin / hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Drug class: topical steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Brand name:  Cortisporin Cream

Drug class: topical steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Neosporin + Pain Relief Ointment Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b / pramoxine topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b / pramoxine 10 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin / neomycin / polymyxin b / pramoxine topical

Brand name:  Neosporin + Pain Relief Ointment

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: interactions, side effects

bacitracin / polymyxin b 10 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: bacitracin / polymyxin b topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: side effects

fluocinolone / neomycin Rate Add review
Rx N N

Generic name: fluocinolone / neomycin topical

Brand name:  Neo-Synalar

Drug class: topical steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: interactions, side effects

neomycin / polymyxin b / pramoxine 5.0 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: neomycin / polymyxin b / pramoxine topical

Brand name:  Antibiotic Plus Pain Relief

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: interactions, side effects

bacitracin / hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: bacitracin / hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b topical

Brand name:  Cortisporin Ointment

Drug class: topical steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

ammoniated mercury Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: ammoniated mercury topical

Drug class: topical antipsoriatics

For consumers:

cadexomer iodine 1.0 1 review
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: cadexomer iodine topical

Drug class: topical anti-infectives

For consumers: side effects

Alternative treatments for Bacterial Skin Infection

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Bacterial Skin 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 Bacterial Skin Infection.

Learn more about Bacterial Skin Infection

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
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 (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
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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