How to Save BIG Money on 9 Common Antibiotics
Ever since the accidental discovery of penicillin, antibiotics have been transforming the way patients and doctors alike think about previously life-threatening bacterial infections. If a patient is fighting an infection in their liver, lungs, heart, skin, or even their gums, a course of antibiotics can help stop the problem-causing bacteria in their tracks.
The power of antibiotics has made them popular.
Recently, it was shown that over 250 million courses of antibiotics were dispensed to American outpatients in one calendar year. Since antibiotics are very helpful as long as you take them appropriately, they’ve been a consistent choice for doctors for a long time.
In some cases, they’re easy to find and cheap to buy – making them an easy choice for patients as well.
But these life-saving medications aren’t always affordable.
Here’s information about the nine common antibiotics, how much they cost, and strategies that can save you up to 50% on your prescription.
9 Common Antibiotics – and How to Get Them Cheap
What is Amoxicillin, and How Much Does it Cost?
Amoxicillin, a widely available generic prescription medication, is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that can treat many different types of bacterial infections. ‘Broad-spectrum’ refers to the fact that some antibiotics can be effective against a large range of disease-causing bacteria, while there are others that have more targeted uses.
Since amoxicillin is easy to find and relatively affordable, it’s often prescribed to treat anything from pneumonia to tonsillitis, strep throat, and ear infections. Like many other antibiotics, amoxicillin works by stopping bacteria from manufacturing new cell walls, which causes the bacteria to rupture and die.
Depending on your type of infection, you may take amoxicillin two or three times a day until you are well. Since one day of treatment requires multiple doses, even low-priced medication can add up!
In America, you can buy 84 tablets of 250mg amoxicillin for $42.00, or about $0.50 per tablet.
Considering the cost of many medications, that’s not too bad. But at NorthWestPharmacy.com, we can provide 250mg amoxicillin with 50% savings. Here, you can buy the same 84 tablets of amoxicillin for approximately $21.00 ($0.25 per tablet).
What is Cipro, and How Much Does it Cost?
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a type of quinolone drug that is often prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the joints, skin, bones, and blood. Although quinolone drugs are broad-spectrum, they’re particularly effective against gram-negative bacteria. (Bacteria can be sorted into two groups, gram-negative and gram-positive, based on certain qualities in their cell walls.)
The active ingredient in Cipro, ciprofloxacin, works against bacteria by invading bacterial cells themselves. There, ciprofloxacin interferes with the bacteria’s ability to replicate and repair its DNA. As a result, the bacterial population quickly dies out.
A typical dose of Cipro could look like one 500mg tablet once per day for children, and 500mg twice per day for adults. However, your particular dosing regimen will be catered to you specifically, so be sure to check with your doctor before use.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we sell 10 tablets of 250mg brand-name Cipro for around $50.00, or $5.00 per tablet. You also have access to generic ciprofloxacin through us. You can buy 10 tablets of 250mg ciprofloxacin here for about $39.00, or $3.90 per tablet.
What is Zithromax, and How Much Does it Cost?
Zithromax (azithromycin) can be used to treat bronchitis, middle ear infections, and even some sexually transmitted infections (among other things).
As opposed to Cipro and amoxicillin, which both work by directly killing bacteria, Zithromax works by preventing bacteria from multiplying.
By stopping the bacterial population from increasing, Zithromax is usually able to halt an infection pretty handily. It’s a slightly different strategy that can work well in some specific cases.
If your doctor prescribes Zithromax, you’ll likely take it once per day. The specific strength recommended will vary. At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy 10 tablets of 250mg Zithromax for about $110.00, or $11.00 per tablet.
We’re also able to supply you with generic prescribed azithromycin. Here, you can find the generic antibiotic for about $3.30 per tablet, or $60.00 for 18 tablets.
What is Augmentin, and How Much Does it Cost?
Augmentin (amoxicillin-clavulanate) is a mix of a strong broad-spectrum antibiotic (amoxicillin, which should sound familiar) and clavulanate, a salt that can help reduce antibiotic resistance.
Augmentin isn’t very helpful against viral or fungal infections, but against stronger types of bacterial infections (such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections) it can be very helpful.
If your doctor has prescribed Augmentin in a specific dosage (from 1-2 times per day, in a variety of strengths), you may be able to find the generic version of the drug in America.
However, sourcing the brand-name medication will be very difficult, because the generic is widely available.
That is, of course, unless you check NorthWestPharmacy.com. Here, you can easily buy 10 brand-name tablets of 500/125mg Augmentin for about $40.00, or $4.00 per tablet. We also sell the generic in a pack of 100 tablets for $150.00, or $1.50 per tablet.
What is Keflex, and How Much Does it Cost?
Keflex (cephalexin) is an antibiotic that interferes with proteins that maintain the integrity and shape of bacterial cell walls. This might not seem like a big deal, but without the ability to rely on their normal shape, bacteria will quickly leak, break down, burst, and die.
This is bad news for bacteria, but great news for patients with bacterial infections. A typical dosing regimen for Keflex might look like taking a tablet every six hours for one or two weeks, or until the infection has run its course.
Since that’s the case, buying larger packs of Keflex can make a lot of sense. In America, you can purchase generic cephalexin in packs of 84 tablets for $29.00, or $0.34 per tablet.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we can provide the same number of tablets for about $0.26 per tablet – a savings of 23%. If you require the brand-name medication for any reason, you can also buy 84 tablets of Keflex here for approximately $40.00, or $0.47 per tablet.
What is Cleocin, and How Much Does it Cost?
Cleocin (clindamycin) is an antibiotic that doctors prescribe to treat infected blood, internal organs, lungs, and infections in the female reproductive system. How?
The active ingredient in Cleocin, clindamycin, is a type of antibiotic known as a bacterial protein synthesis inhibitor: it prevents bacteria from making new proteins. As bacteria are made of proteins, this stops bacteria from replicating. (Much like Zithromax above, Cleocin is considered a bacteriostatic antibiotic.)
Depending on your doctor’s orders, you may take Cleocin up to four times per day while battling an infection. At the 150mg dose, you can buy 48 tablets of brand-name Cleocin for about $68.00 at NorthWestPharmacy.com ($1.40 per tablet).
If you tolerate the generic well, you can save quite a bit: we sell 100 tablets of 150mg generic clindamycin for approximately $68.00, or $0.68 per tablet.
Septra (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim) is a two-drug prescription medication that can be very effective when treating middle ear infections, urinary tract infections, and traveler’s diarrhea.
Sulfamethoxazole is a bacteriostatic drug – one that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Trimethoprim, however, does actually kill problem-starting bacteria, so this powerful antibiotic can deliver a reliable one-two punch to help stamp out resilient infections.
Proper dosage of Septra can vary widely, so make sure that you work with your doctor to understand which strength is best for you. Very likely, your doctor will want to see you more often as you’re starting this medication, just to ensure that there aren’t any adverse side effects.
In the United States, the generic equivalent of Septra is widely available (and affordable). You can find generic sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim for $0.50 per tablet (112 tablets for $56.00).
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we sell 112 tablets of the generic medication for just $29.00, or around $0.25 per tablet – a 50% savings. If you’d prefer to use brand-name Septra for any reason, you can find that here, as well. We sell 30 tablets of Septra for about $32.00, or just over a dollar per tablet.
What is Periostat, and How Much Does it Cost?
Periostat (doxycycline) is a popular tetracycline antibiotic. (Tetracyclines are a specific class of broad-spectrum antibiotics). What sets Periostat apart is its general use: Periostat, or generic doxycycline, is used to treat infections in the mouth.
When patients experience loose teeth, increased sensitivity, bleeding gums or even bad breath, they may receive a prescription for Periostat.
Periostat can help improve some frustrating or painful mouth conditions. Periostat works by combating the action of an enzyme called collagenase. Collagenase breaks down collagen, an important type of substance that keeps your gums strong.
With the administration of Periostat, your body can repair any damage done by infections to your tissue, keep your teeth stable, and reduce sensitivity in your mouth.
If your doctor or dentist has prescribed Periostat, you should know that it’s probably going to be difficult to find the brand-name medication in America. (There’s a widely available generic.)
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we stock Periostat so you don’t have to settle for the generic if it doesn’t suit you. Here, you can buy 50 tablets of 20mg Periostat for approximately $96.00, or $1.70 per tablet.
What is Flagyl, and How Much Does it Cost?
Flagyl (metronidazole) treats primarily anaerobic bacterial infections. Anaerobic bacteria are those bacteria that don’t require oxygen to thrive – allowing them to run rampant in places like your pelvic cavity, gut, and bones. As a result, metronidazole can be very effective against infections of the lung, heart, bones, blood, and genital tract.
Since these infections tend to be quite serious when they happen, some doctors will proactively prescribe Flagyl to pre-empt infection after some types of surgeries. Flagyl can even be used to help difficult-to-treat intracranial infections.
As Flagyl can be used in these types of high-risk situations, make sure you follow your personal dosing schedule precisely.
Fortunately, at NorthWestPharmacy.com, we’re able to help you locate and purchase your required medications for low prices. Here, you can buy brand-name Flagyl very easily.
At the 500mg dose, you can expect to pay around $256.00 for 100 tablets (approximately $2.50 per tablet). If you’re interested in locating the generic equivalent, we sell metronidazole as well for steeper savings.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy 100 tablets of 500mg metronidazole for about $104.00, or just over one dollar per tablet.
Saving Money on Popular Antibiotics with an International Online Pharmacy
If you or a loved one is battling an infection, you need to be able to access the medication your doctor prescribes. Not being able to do so can very quickly turn an easily-treated infection into something long-lasting, disfiguring, or even lethal.
Unfortunately, the precipitously rising prescription drug prices in America don’t really care why you need the medications. And it seems that prescription medication costs are going to continue to go up – leaving Americans wondering if they have any reliable options for sourcing their required medications.
Rely on NorthWestPharmacy.com for Help Buying Your Prescription Antibiotics
However, we also understand that buying your medication online for the first time can be confusing.
To make sure you feel confident and comfortable when you’re sourcing medication from us, you should know that we follow all safety standards from the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and the International Pharmacy Association of British Columbia (IPABC).
We also have a seven-day-a-week call center staffed by friendly representatives. If you’d like to ask a question, speak with a pharmacist, or even place an order over the phone, we’re here to help you make it happen.
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If you’d like to place an order for your prescribed antibiotics at NorthWestPharmacy.com, please give us a call at 1-866-539-5330, or contact us online. We look forward to helping you save money!