Antibiotic Medication

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Antibiotics (overview)
Legal Status (US) Prescription Only for Humans (see notes)
Class Antibiotic Medications
Addiction Risk Not Applicable

Antibiotic medications treat a broad range of bacterial infections and illnesses.

Legality and Availability[edit]

Antibiotic medications are officially available by prescription only in the United States. However, loopholes exist, and in many cities imported antibiotics can be freely purchased due to a lack of enforcement.

Veterinary Antibiotics[edit]

Antibiotics such as ampicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, tetracycline, and clindamycin are legally available to purchase without a prescription in the form of "fish antibiotics." Despite being designated only for fish, many online and retail stores sell USP-certified antibiotics with little or no obstacles for human use.

Bodegas[edit]

Many cities have ethnic bodegas where antibiotic drugs are sold. These are typically drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies in other countries that were imported into the US without approval.

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