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State Warns Against Fake Antibiotics

By Robert Wood, 1080 KRLD
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - If you have bought some over-the-counter pills that claim to be antibiotics, the Department of State Health Services says they’re not.

The supplements are sold under several different names, including Amoxilina, Citricillin, and others.  The bottles look like they should be antibiotics, and the state says the labels suggest they are.

Even the names are similar to actual antibiotics: the name Amoxilina, one of the supplements in question, is very similar to Amoxicillin, which is a real antibiotic.

But Carrie Williams with the Department of State Health Services says they aren’t the real thing.

She says you can’t get antibiotics over the counter.  They require a doctor’s prescription.

Williams adds if you feel like you’re sick enough to need them you should go to your doctor immediately — not depend on an unproven, over the counter, supplement that she says won’t have the same effect.

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