Can Urgent Care Prescribe Antibiotics?

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There are various things that urgent care centers can do without the need for a trip to the ER or your doctor’s office.

If needed, when visiting urgent care, antibiotics can be prescribed by in-office providers and available for pickup at your neighborhood pharmacy. In some cases, antibiotics may be administered before discharge to begin the healing process quickly.

At Coastal Urgent Care of Houma, we understand how important it is to feel better now. That’s why we are able and willing to prescribe a variety of medications, including antibiotics, for any illness you may be living with now. Don’t wait to see your doctor; get the care you need now to start feeling better sooner.

Antibiotics are a great option for those currently experiencing bacterial infections and illnesses. They work by helping your body heal from the intrusive virus, getting you on the road to healing more quickly.

Before you begin a treatment regimen, it is essential to understand precisely what antibiotics are and how they treat your condition.

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are a class of medications used to treat infections caused by various bacterial illnesses. They work to reduce and eliminate bacteria in the body. They are also effective in nixing the ability of the harmful bacteria to multiply, thus deterring the ability to spread the illness throughout your body.

What illnesses require antibiotic treatment?

Antibiotics are used for a variety of conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Strep throat
  • Whooping cough
  • Urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • Bladder and kidney infections
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Skin infections
  • Bacteria pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Tooth and gum infections

We recommend visiting an urgent care facility or your primary care physician if you believe you have an illness that requires antibiotic treatment. A proper diagnosis is the only way to confirm the exact illness you are living with. Appropriate treatment, including an antibiotic, will then be administered as necessary. 

Does insurance cover antibiotics? 

Yes, in most instances, all major insurance carriers will cover at least a portion of your antibiotic prescription. We recommend checking with your pharmacist to determine how much your insurance covers and whether you have a copay.

If you do not have insurance, you can still receive an antibiotic prescription at urgent care. Please tell the administering provider that you do not have insurance so that they may prescribe a generic alternative to help treat your illness. Generic antibiotics work just as well as their name-brand counterparts.

What types of illness and conditions does urgent care treat?

Coastal Urgent Care of Houma treats a wide array of illnesses and conditions seven days a week.

We often see patients for:

  • Ear infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fevers
  • Colds and flu
  • Strep throat
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinus infections
  • Animal and bug bites
  • Cuts and burn

On-site lab testing is available.

Along with the treatment options listed above, we perform various tests and lab services to provide the most thorough diagnosis sooner.

Testing options include:

  • Blood tests 
  • Blood glucose testing
  • STD testing
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Strep tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Drug testing and screening
  • Flu and rapid flu tests
  • COVID testing

If you are experiencing an urgent medical issue that you believe may require antibiotics, we encourage you to visit us today. We are open seven days a week, with walk-in visits available for all urgent care services. Don’t delay treatment; get the care and medication you need now to start feeling better today.