Some antiobiotic drug brands include Amoxil, Clarforan, Silvadene and Neosporin, according to Drugs.com. Generic antibiotics include amoxicillin, penicillin, ciprofloxacin and silver sulfadiazine. Antibiotics treat a specific type of bacteria and typically cannot treat a different type of infection.
Doctors prescribe antibiotics for common conditions such as strep throat, ear infections, urinary tract infections and skin infections, states Drugs.com. They are generally safe when taken correctly, and side effects are normally minimal. However, pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly, and patients with liver or kidney problems may require adjusted dosages. Antibiotics are not effective at treating viral infections, and usage during a viral infection can result in antibiotic resistance.