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Learn how antibiotics can help bacterial infections with a consultation from one of our board-certified doctors online. Get a new prescription for antibiotics or refill an existing prescription.

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Learn how antibiotics can help bacterial infections with a consultation from one of our board-certified doctors online. Get a new prescription for antibiotics or refill an existing prescription.

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Available nationwide, with licensed medical providers

Medications available for pharmacy pickup*

*Prescriptions provided at doctor’s discretion

We accept these insurance plans and many more!

Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less. Paying without insurance? New patient visits are $129, and follow-ups are only $99 for members.

Don’t see your provider listed? Email [email protected]  or call  (888) 564-4454  to talk to a PlushCare specialist.

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Step 1

Book an appointment to discuss antibiotics.

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Step 2

Talk to your doctor online.

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Step 3

Pick up your antibiotics prescription from your online doctor.

We can send antibiotics to any local pharmacy.

Antibiotics pricing details

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Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance



First month free

First visit


Repeats only $99

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $99 for active members.

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If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.

Antibiotics FAQs

  • How should I take antibiotics?

    Take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Complete the full course of antibiotics as instructed to avoid a lingering infection or developing antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics maybe taken with food to avoid an upset stomach.

  • Who shouldn’t take antibiotics?

    It is important to only take antibiotics if you have a bacterial infection. For this reason, it is important to see a doctor to diagnose your symptoms. In addition, some people are allergic to certain antibiotics and should avoid them. Tell your doctor if you're pregnant. While most antibiotics are safe during pregnancy, some may be harmful.

  • What should I avoid with antibiotics?

    It is important to avoid drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics. In addition, grapefruit, excess calcium, sugars, and yeasts can interfere with the efficacy of antibiotics or cause further complications.

  • Can online doctors prescribe antibiotics?

    Yes, you can be prescribed antibiotics online by a board-certified doctor. Before writing you an antibiotic prescription the doctor will diagnose your bacterial infection and learn your medical history.

  • Can a pharmacist give you antibiotics or do I need a prescription?

    A pharmacist cannot give you antibiotics without a prescription from a doctor.

  • Do antibiotics make you tired?

    If you get a prescription for antibiotics, you may feel tired and/or fatigued after taking them. This may be a symptom of whatever infection that is being treated by the antibiotics, or it may be a significant, but rare, side-effect of the antibiotic itself.

    Luckily, tiredness is not a common side effect of most antibiotics. Some antibiotics are more likely to cause fatigue than others, including:

  • Can you buy antibiotics online?

    You can buy antibiotics at a pharmacy after receiving a prescription from a licensed doctor online. We make it easy to speak with a board-certified doctor online.

    Here’s an overview of how to get antibiotics online at PlushCare:

    • Book a doctor’s appointment that is convenient for your schedule.

    • Discuss your medical history and symptoms with your PlushCare doctor, who can then make a diagnosis and provide a treatment plan.

    • If your doctor decides to prescribe you antibiotics, then your prescription will be sent to a pharmacy for you to pick up.

    Though you cannot directly order antibiotics online from a website, you can easily make an appointment with an online doctor to discuss your symptoms and find out if taking antibiotics would be the right treatment for your condition.

  • What bacterial infections can be treated online?

    Our online doctors commonly treat sinus infections, UTIs, strep throat, upper respiratory infections, ear infections, certain STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis), tooth infections, staph infections, and many more.

  • How will the online doctor diagnose my infection as bacterial?

    Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, meaning they are not effective for treating viral or fungal infections. The doctor will be able to diagnose your infection as bacterial based on your symptoms, medical history and the length of infection. If they are unable to comfortably diagnose your infection they will write you a lab referral for testing. Once your results are in they will prescribe you an appropriate treatment plan, including antibiotics online if necessary.

  • How long will I need to take antibiotics for?

    The length of antibiotic treatment and the dosage will depend on the type of infection you have. Typically antibiotics are prescribed for 7 to 14 days. It is important to take the full course of prescribed antibiotics to avoid developing antibiotic resistance.

  • How long does it take for antibiotics to work?

    Antibiotics are potent drugs whose efficacy feels almost instantaneous. For this reason, there are some misunderstandings regarding the length of time it takes antibiotics to work.

    Antibiotics begin working as soon as you take them; relief begins within one to three days, but you should continue to take them for 7 to 14 days depending on the severity of infection.

    Generally, you should start to feel better within 48 hours. If your symptoms get worse or do not improve within 48 hours, it is likely you are not suffering from a bacterial infection. You should see the doctor for follow up treatment.

  • How does antibiotic resistance occur?

    You’ve probably heard the term “antibiotic resistance” before. It is referring to bacteria that have become immune to certain types of antibiotic treatment due to previous exposure. To avoid antibiotic resistance is it important to complete your prescribed antibiotic treatment to ensure all the bacteria are killed. You should also only take antibiotics when you have a bacterial infection.

  • Do antibiotics affect birth control?

    Most antibiotics do not affect birth control, but it’s important to know which antibiotics do interfere with your birth control and to consult with a physician if you are unsure.

    To date, the only antibiotic that is known to reduce the effect of birth control pills is rifampin, which is usually prescribed as a treatment for tuberculosis. Rifampin can decrease estrogen levels in your birth control pill, reducing the pill’s ability to suppress ovulation. Aside from rifampin, you should not have any problems taking an antibiotic while on birth control.

  • Can you be allergic to antibiotics?

    Allergic reactions can happen with antibiotics and any medication. Allergic reactions to antibiotics can be relatively mild, but some can be very serious and require immediate medical attention.

    If you are allergic to a certain antibiotic, you will react to it almost immediately after administration. Symptoms differ based on the person, but most allergic reactions manifest in the form of hives, trouble breathing, and swelling in the tongue and throat. If you have a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic, known as anaphylaxis, this can be life-threatening. If you develop these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately.

    Another type of allergic reaction that can occur with antibiotics is Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a serious illness affecting your mucus membranes and skin. Stevens-Johnson syndrome starts out with flu-like symptoms, including sore throat and fever and can progress to a painful rash that quickly spreads and causes blisters. This may be followed by the top layer of your skin shedding.

    Other symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include:

    • Skin pain

    • Hives

    • Coughing

    • Swelling in your tongue or face

    • Pain in your throat and mouth

    If you develop signs and symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome you should stop taking the antibiotic immediately and seek medical advice straight away.

  • How do you prevent antibiotic side effects?

    The best thing you can do to reduce the potential for antibiotics side effects is to take them as the label and follow your doctor’s instructions. Most antibiotics should be taken with food, as this can help to improve absorption and prevent an upset stomach. However, some must be taken with just water on an otherwise empty stomach. Always read the information provided with the antibiotic you are prescribed. Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent upset stomach if you cannot take antibiotics with food.

  • Can antibiotics make you dizzy?

    Some antibiotics may cause dizziness. A dizzy feeling may also be caused by your illness or dehydration.

  • Do I need antibiotics for a wound infection?

    For a minor wound infection, it may be enough to keep the wound clean and dry and apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment. For most infected wounds, you should seek medical treatment. Wounds should look and feel better as time goes on. If a wound looks or feels worse, it is likely infected. Specific symptoms of wound infection include:

    • Skin around the wound is red or hot

    • Swelling

    • Oozing pus (a yellowish liquid)

    • Redness may spread to other areas, often in streaks

    • Aches, pains, or fever

    • Malaise

    If you experience any severe symptoms of wound infection, you should seek immediate medical care since infections can become life=threatening if improperly treated.

    Infected wounds that aren’t treated properly can become progressively worse, leading to loss of limbs or even death. Potential complications from untreated wound infections include:

    • Cellulitis, an infection of deeper tissues which can travel through your blood

    • Sepsis, a severe and potentially life-threatening infection of the blood

    • Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, which leaves large areas of skin painful and damaged

    Doctors frequently prescribe antibiotics for wound infection, including:

About antibiotics

Antibiotics are medications designed to treat infections caused by bacteria. Sometimes called antibacterials, they refer to any medication that can effectively kill bacteria or stop the bacteria from reproducing, thus treating conditions caused by bacteria. They can sometimes be prescribed to prevent bacterial infections as well. There are seven types of prescription antibiotics.

What antibiotics treat

Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent infections caused by bacteria. It is sometimes difficult to determine if the infection is caused by a bacteria or a virus because symptoms for both infections may be similar.

Doctors will assess the situation and conduct the necessary examinations to determine the best course of action for the particular infection. This may require a blood or urine test.

Some common bacterial infections that can be treated with antibiotics are:

As noted earlier, antibiotics are not effective against infections caused by viruses (i.e cold and flu).

Types of antibiotics available online

The seven main types of antibiotic medications are called penicillins, cephalosporins, macrolides, fluoroquinolones, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, and aminoglycosides.

How antibiotics work

The antibiotics you are prescribed will depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection.

Antibiotics use a variety of different mechanisms to eliminate or neutralize bacteria, but they generally work by:

  • Directly killing bacteria by weakening their cell walls until they burst and die

  • Inhibiting vital process that allow bacteria to grow and spread new cells

  • Hampering a bacteria’s ability to repair any damage to its DNA, such that it dies

  • Side effects of antibiotics

    When taken as prescribed, antibiotics are generally well tolerated. However, they can still cause some side effects.

    Different antibiotics will have different side effects. Generally the most common side effects of antibiotics include:

    • Abdominal pain and discomfort: Many antibiotics can cause an upset stomach or other general gastrointestinal problems. Symptoms include:

    • Photosensitivity: Certain antibiotics, like tetracyclines, can make you more sensitive to light.

    • Fungal infections: Because antibiotics kill off lots of the healthy, protective bacteria in your body, they can cause certain fungal infections, particularly thrush. Thrush often appears as white, painful patches in your mouth and on your tongue. Antibiotics can also cause vaginal yeast infections, which can cause itchiness, pain, and general discomfort along with a fluid discharge. You might need treatment for these fungal infections and should seek advice from a doctor if you develop these symptoms.

    In rare cases, antibiotics may cause serious side effects, including a severe allergic reaction. These symptoms include:

    • A fast heartbeat

    • Wheezing

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Feeling lightheaded or faint

    If you experience any of these side effects or any other life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

  • Antibiotics risks

    Antibiotics are generally safe, but there are some risks if you have other medical conditions or take certain medications.

    One of the main risks of taking antibiotics is developing antibiotic resistance. This can occur if you don't complete the full course of antibiotics prescribed to you.

    Tell your doctor if you're pregnant. There are many antibiotics that are safe for pregnant women, but some can be harmful.

  • Antibiotics drug interactions 

    When you begin a new medication, make sure to tell your doctor about any other medications, supplements, or herbs you’re taking.

    Some antibiotics may affect the effectiveness of other medications you are taking. For example, the antibiotic rifampin can affect the effectiveness of the birth control pill.

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