|Legal Status (US)||Prescription Only for Humans (see notes)|
|Addiction Risk||Not Applicable|
Antibiotic medications treat a broad range of bacterial infections and illnesses.
Legality and Availability
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.
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.
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.