Infections

Anthrax

About Anthrax

Anthrax is a disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a germ that lives in soil. Many people know about it from the 2001 bioterror attacks. In the attacks, someone purposely spread anthrax through the U.S. mail. This killed five people and made 22 sick.

Anthrax is rare. It affects animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats more often than people. People can get anthrax from contact with infected animals, wool, meat, or hides. It can cause three forms of disease in people. They are

  • Cutaneous, which affects the skin. People with cuts or open sores can get it if they touch the bacteria.
  • Inhalation, which affects the lungs. You can get this if you breathe in spores of the bacteria.
  • Gastrointestinal, which affects the digestive system. You can get it by eating infected meat.

Antibiotics often cure anthrax if it is diagnosed early. But many people don't know they have anthrax until it is too late to treat. A vaccine to prevent anthrax is available for people in the military and others at high risk.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Symptoms of Anthrax
  • Cutaneous (skin) form: Small, painless, but sometimes itchy skin lesions on exposed areas such as the face, neck, arms, and hards. The lesions develop into blisters and then ulcers with a black center. Other symptoms include fever, malaise, headache, and major organ problems.
  • Inhaled form: Muscle pain, fever, malaise, nausea, vomiting blood, shortness of breath, painful swallowing, chest pain, major respiratory problems, shock.
  • Gastrointestinal form: Ulcers, swelling, and bleeding in the intestines. Severe intestinal bleeding can cause shock.

Top Medications for Anthrax according to our users

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  • Antibiotic > Fluoroquinolone

    • Cipro
      (Ciprofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Infusion (IV)
    • Levaquin
      (Levofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
    • Minocycline
      Prescription only

      Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Extended release capsule
  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Amoxicillin
      Prescription only

      Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Liquid
  • Acne agent > Antibiotic

    • Tetracycline
      Prescription only

      Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Cream, gel, or ointment

Medication side effects for Anthrax

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abdominal pain.

  • Levaquin: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

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