Which Antibiotics Are Most Commonly Prescribed?


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The most commonly prescribed outpatient antibiotics tend to be macrolide and penicillin as stated by The New England Journal of Medicine. Azithromycin and amoxicillin are commonly prescribed antibiotics as claimed by WebMD. The antibiotic prescribed depends on cause of infection, but the most prescribed antibiotics are those available as generics.

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The antibiotic prescribed varies depending on the cause of infection, age of the patient, and there also tend to be regional differences in prescribing. Patient pressure for antibiotics can impact whether or not antibiotics are prescribed. In pediatric care, doctors prescribe antibiotics 62 percent of the time if they perceive parents expect to receive a prescription for antibiotics as reported by the CDC.

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