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 cream (Cymex Ultra, Virasorb, Zovirax)Aciclovir eye ointment (Zovirax)
Aciclovir for viral infections (Zovirax)Adefovir for hepatitis B (Hepsera)
Amorolfine for fungal nail infections (Curanail, Loceryl, Omicur)Amoxicillin for infections
Ampicillin for infections(Penbritin)Atazanavir (Reyataz)
Atovaquone for pneumocystis pneumonia (Wellvone)Azithromycin for infection (Clamelle, Zithromax)
Betamethasone ear drops (Betnesol, Vistamethasone)Cefaclor for infection (Distaclor, Keftid)
Cefadroxil for infectionCefalexin for infection (Ceporex, Keflex)
Cefixime for infection (Suprax)Cefpodoxime for infection (Orelox)
Cefradine for infection (Nicef)Cefuroxime for infection (Britacef, Zinacef, Zinnat)
Chloramphenicol for eye infectionsChloroquine
Ciprofloxacin eye preparationsCiprofloxacin for infection (Ciproxin)
Clarithromycin for infectionClindamycin capsules for infection (Dalacin C)
Clindamycin 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 infection
Colistimethate sodium for infection (Colobreathe, Colomycin, Promixin)Co-trimoxazole for infection (Septrin)
Cycloserine for tuberculosisDapsone tablets
Darunavir (Prezista)Demeclocycline capsules
Dexamethasone with antibacterial ear spray (Otomize)Didanosine (Videx)
Diloxanide tabletsDoxycycline tablets and capsules (Efracea, Periostat, Vibramycin-D, Vibrox)
Econazole for fungal skin and nail infections (Pevaryl)Econazole for vaginal thrush (Gyno-Pevaryl)
Efavirenz (Sustiva)Emtricitabine (Emtriva)
Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon)Entecavir for hepatitis B (Baraclude)
ErythromycinErythromycin skin solution for acne (Stiemycin)
Ethambutol for tuberculosisEtravirine (Intelence)
Famciclovir for viral infections (Famvir)Fenticonazole for vaginal thrush (Gynoxin)
Fidaxomicin for Clostridium difficile (Dificlir)Flucloxacillin for infection (Floxapen)
Fluconazole for fungal infections (Diflucan)Fosamprenavir (Telzir)
Fusidic acid eye drops (Fucithalmic)Fusidic acid for skin infections (Fucidin)
Ganciclovir eye gel (Virgan)Gentamicin ear drops (Genticin)
Gentamicin eye drops (Genticin)Griseofulvin for fungal infections (Fulsovin)
Isoniazid for tuberculosisItraconazole for fungal infections (Sporanox)
Ketoconazole cream (Daktarin Gold 2%, Daktarin Intensiv, Nizoral 2%)Lamivudine for hepatitis B infection (Zeffix)
Lamivudine for HIV (Epivir)Levofloxacin eye drops (Oftaquix)
Levofloxacin tablets for infection (Tavanic, Evoxil)Linezolid for infection (Zyvox)
Lopinavir with ritonavir (Kaletra)Lymecycline capsules
Malathion liquid (Derbac-M)Maraviroc (Celsentri)
MebendazoleMefloquine for malaria prevention (Lariam)
Metronidazole for infection (Flagyl)Metronidazole 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 (Avelox)Mupirocin for skin infections (Bactroban)
Mupirocin nasal ointment (Bactroban Nasal Ointment)Nalidixic acid for urine infections
Nevirapine (Viramune)Nitrofurantoin for urine infections (Macrobid)
Nystatin for oral thrush (Nystan)Ofloxacin eye drops (Exocin)
Ofloxacin tablets for infection (Tarivid)Oseltamivir capsules and suspension (Tamiflu)
Oxytetracycline tabletsPenciclovir cream (Fenistil Cold Sore Cream)
Permethrin cream (Lyclear)Phenoxymethylpenicillin for infection
Pivmecillinam for infection (Selexid)Polymyxin and bacitracin skin ointment (Polyfax)
Posaconazole for fungal infections (Noxafil)Potassium citrate for cystitis (Cystopurin, Effercitrate, Cymaclear)
Proguanil for malaria preventionProguanil with atovaquone for malaria prevention (Malarone)
Pyrazinamide for tuberculosis (Zinamide)Quinine for malaria
Raltegravir (Isentress)Rifabutin for infection (Mycobutin)
Rifampicin for infection (Rifadin, Rimactane)Rilpivirine (Edurant)
Ritonavir (Norvir)Saquinavir (Invirase)
Silver sulfadiazine cream for skin infections (Flamazine)Sodium fusidate for infections (Fucidin)
Sulfadiazine tabletsTelithromycin tablets for infection (Ketek)
Tenofovir disoproxil (Viread)Terbinafine for topical use (Lamisil)
Terbinafine tablets (Lamisil)Tetracycline tablets
Tinidazole tablets for infection (Fasigyn)Tioconazole for fungal nail infections (Trosyl)
Tipranavir (Aptivus)Tobramycin for eye infections (Tobravisc)
Trimethoprim for infections (Monotrim)Undecenoate for athlete's foot (Mycota)
UtinorValaciclovir for viral infections (Valtrex)
Vancomycin for Clostridium difficile (Vancocin)Voriconazole for fungal infections (Vfend)
Zanamivir (Relenza)Zidovudine (Retrovir)