Consult doctors before taking anti-leptospirosis drugs — FDA advisory PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 August 2013 14:51

As leptospirosis cases are expected to increase in the coming days, health authorities advised those who have been exposed to contaminated flood water to consult a doctor before taking medication.

“All antimicrobial medicines are prescription medicines and are to be taken under the supervision of health workers,” a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public advisory indicated.

“Antibiotic prophylaxis does not guarantee 100% free from Leptospira infection, but it helps control the infection at a minimal or manageable level,” it further stated.

Supportive medications to control fever or flu-like symptoms should also be taken upon the advice of health workers and physicians.

Flood victims were advised to monitor and report possible adverse drug reactions and adverse events, while donors of medicines were advised to donate medicines not near to its expiration date.

Meanwhile, physicians or medical society/associations are the only ones authorized to donate physician’s samples, the FDA said.

When signs and symptoms of leptospirosis (or any fungal infection) is observed within two weeks, which can be as early as three days post-infection, the FDA advised patients to seek early treatment.

Leptospirosis occurs when individuals are exposed to bacteria present in the urine or body fluids of infected animals found in flood water that comes in contact with the eyes, mouth and unhealed breaks in the skin.

Common symptoms of leptospirosis include: fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea, diarrhea, rash, and others.

The FDA also instructed drug outlets, to not take advantage of the increase in demand for antibiotics, pain relievers, anti-fever drugs, oral rehydration solution, cough reliefs, skin ointments, among others, by increasing their prices.