Medicines & Drugs by category Medicines used to treat infections

The leaflets in this section are authored by an experienced pharmacist. Pharmacists are experts in medicines. The medicines in this section include those which are used to treat infections. Infections can be caused most commonly by different organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungus. Bacteria are treated by antibiotics and there are many different types of these, with different ways of working. If you've ever thought "Who shouldn't take amoxicillin?", "How do I take my chloramphenicol?", "How do I get the most from my metronidazole treatment?" or "What problems can gentamicin cause?" information leaflets in this section will have answers for you.

Aciclovir creamAciclovir eye ointment
Aciclovir for viral infections - ZoviraxAdefovir for hepatitis B (Hepsera)
Amorolfine for fungal nail infectionsAmoxicillin for infections
Ampicillin for infectionsAtazanavir (Reyataz)
Atovaquone for pneumocystis pneumonia (Wellvone)Azithromycin for infection - Clamelle, Zithromax
Benzoyl peroxide for acneBetamethasone ear drops (Betnesol, Vistamethasone)
Cefaclor for infection - Distaclor, KeftidCefadroxil for infection
CefalexinCefixime for infection - Suprax
Cefpodoxime for infection - OreloxCefradine for infection - Nicef
Cefuroxime for infection - Britacef, Zinacef, ZinnatChloramphenicol for eye infections
ChloroquineCiprofloxacin eye preparations
Ciprofloxacin for infection - CiproxinClarithromycin for infection
Clindamycin capsules for infection - Dalacin CClindamycin cream for bacterial vaginosis - Dalacin
Clotrimazole for ear infections (Canesten)Clotrimazole for fungal skin infections (Canesten)
Clotrimazole for vaginal thrush (Canesten)Co-amoxiclav for infections (Augmentin)
Co-fluampicil for infectionColistimethate sodium for infection - Colomycin, Promixin, Colobreathe
Co-trimoxazole for infection (Septrin)Cycloserine for tuberculosis
DapsoneDarunavir (Prezista)
Demeclocycline capsulesDexamethasone with antibacterial ear spray
Didanosine (Videx)Diloxanide tablets
DoxycyclineEconazole for fungal skin and nail infections (Pevaryl)
Econazole for vaginal thrush (Gyno-Pevaryl)Efavirenz (Sustiva)
Emtricitabine (Emtriva)Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon)
Entecavir for hepatitis B (Baraclude)Erythromycin
Erythromycin skin solution for acne - StiemycinEthambutol for tuberculosis
Etravirine (Intelence)Famciclovir for viral infections - Famvir
Fenticonazole for vaginal thrush (Gynoxin)Fidaxomicin for Clostridium difficile
Flucloxacillin for infection - FloxapenFluconazole for fungal infections (Diflucan)
Fosamprenavir (Telzir)Fusidic acid eye drops - Fucithalmic
Fusidic acid for skin infections - FucidinGanciclovir eye gel - Virgan
Gentamicin ear drops - GenticinGentamicin eye drops - Genticin
Griseofulvin for fungal infections - FulsovinIsoniazid for tuberculosis
Itraconazole for fungal infections - SporanoxKetoconazole for topical use
Lamivudine for hepatitis B infection (Zeffix)Lamivudine for HIV (Epivir)
Levofloxacin eye drops (Oftaquix)Levofloxacin tablets for infection - Tavanic, Evoxil
Linezolid for infection - ZyvoxLopinavir with ritonavir (Kaletra)
Lymecycline capsulesMalathion liquid
Maraviroc (Celsentri)Mebendazole
Mefloquine for malaria prevention (Lariam)Metronidazole for infection - Flagyl
Metronidazole skin gel and creamMetronidazole vaginal gel for bacterial vaginosis - Zidoval
Miconazole for fungal skin infections (Daktarin)Miconazole for oral thrush (Daktarin)
Miconazole for vaginal thrush (Gyno-Daktarin)Moxifloxacin for eye infections (Moxivig)
Moxifloxacin for infection - AveloxMupirocin for skin infections
Mupirocin nasal ointmentNalidixic acid for urine infections
Nevirapine (Viramune)Nitrofurantoin for urine infections
Nystatin for oral thrushOfloxacin eye drops - Exocin
Ofloxacin tablets for infection - TarividOseltamivir
Oxytetracycline tabletsPenciclovir cream
Phenoxymethylpenicillin for infectionPivmecillinam for infection - Selexid
Polymyxin and bacitracin skin ointment - PolyfaxPosaconazole for fungal infections - Noxafil
Potassium citrate for cystitisProguanil for malaria prevention
Proguanil with atovaquone for malaria prevention (Malarone)Pyrazinamide for tuberculosis - Zinamide
Quinine for malariaRaltegravir (Isentress)
RifabutinRifampicin
Rilpivirine (Edurant)Ritonavir (Norvir)
Saquinavir (Invirase)Silver sulfadiazine for skin infections
Sodium fusidate for infections - FucidinSulfadiazine tablets
Telithromycin tablets for infection - KetekTenofovir disoproxil (Viread)
Terbinafine for topical use (Lamisil)Terbinafine tablets
Tetracycline tabletsTinidazole for infection
Tioconazole for fungal nail infections - TrosylTipranavir (Aptivus)
Tobramycin for eye infectionsTrimethoprim for infections
Undecenoate for fungal skin infectionsUtinor
Valaciclovir for viral infections - ValtrexVancomycin for Clostridium difficile
Voriconazole for fungal infectionsZanamivir
Zidovudine (Retrovir)