Side effects of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are known to produce a number of side effects. Each individual may react differently to different drugs. Many antibiotics are now being banned due to their heavy side effects. It is in your interest to ask questions about antibiotics side effects to your doctors. Some common side effects include

• Inflammation, drying, flaking, burning or susceptibility to sunlight of the skin especially around the lips and eyes. Occurrence of rashes, eruptions and swellings on the joints or on the limbs is commonly found  reaction

• Gastrointestinal disorders, a upset stomach, loss of bladder control or urinary incontinence, loose motions or diarrhea , constipation, acidity and lack of bowel movements

• Nausea, bitter taste, regurgitation of food or vomiting and acid reflux

• Headaches, feeling of vertigo, dizziness, reduce motor control and sleepiness or sleeplessness

• Jaundice, kidney damage, liver and kidney cirrhosis, damage to the nerves and brain, in some rare cases seizures and cardiac arrest is possible

• Long term effects are development of allergies to many medicines, antibiotic resistance, hearing or visual loss, potential effects on the unborn child or reduced fertility.

Antibiotics must be used with adequate care and thought, especially on children, elderly and pregnant women. Antibiotics are known to cause controversial effects on conception and contraceptive usage. They are known to cause many allergies when consumed along with alcohol. This is why you should never ever take antibiotics without prescription from your medical practitioner. Doubly make sure the antibiotics are safe for you by questioning your doctor about the application and side effects of the drug.

Antibiotic resistance: 

Overuse of antibiotics or misuse of antibiotics has indeed made many strains of bacteria, virus and fungi to adapt and fight the antibiotics. This means these antibiotics would no longer work on these microorganisms. Don’t be surprised if some tablets or pills don’t seem to work on you. At this time, it’s best to inform immediately about the antibiotic resistance to your physician or doctor. He will prescribe a better class of drugs for you that can cure your medical illness.

Nowadays, vaccines, phage therapy, probiotics are shown to help in managing many disease and now are a hot topic of research.

Thus, if you have any questions about antibiotics or how to use antibiotics, do ask your medical practitioner. Getting these answered on time can help you avoid allergic reaction to antibiotics and help you get rid of the nagging disease.


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