Can antibiotics sometimes be harmful?


Antibiotics are generally safe and very helpful in fighting disease, but there are certain cases where antibiotics can actually be harmful. Here are some things to watch for while taking antibiotics:


Side–effects of the antibiotics


Some common side effects of antibiotics include nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Sometimes these symptoms can lead to dehydration and other problems. Be sure that your doctor has told you about side–effects. It is very important to notify your doctor if you have any side–effects from your antibiotics.


Allergic reaction


Some people may experience an allergic reaction characterized by rash, itching and in severe cases difficulty breathing. Tell your doctor about any drug allergies you have had in the past.


Antibiotic resistance


Antibiotic resistance has become a very big problem in the world today. Resistance may result when antibiotics are used too often or inappropriately for viral infections.


When resistance develops, the antibiotic is not able to kill the germs causing the infection. Your infection may last longer, and instead of getting better you get worse.


Every time you take an antibiotic when you really don’t need it or if you take it incorrectly, you increase your chance of getting an illness someday that is resistant to antibiotics.


Antibiotic issues specific to women


Antibiotics can lead to vaginal yeast infections. This happens because antibiotics kill the normal bacteria in the vagina and this causes yeast to grow rapidly. Symptoms of a yeast infection include one or all of the following symptoms:

  •  itching
  • burning
  • pain during sex  
  • vaginal discharge.

 Antibiotics may cause birth control pills to be less effective. Another method of birth control may be needed during antibiotic treatment. Some antibiotics may be passed on to a fetus and cause harm. Because of this, it is important to let your doctor know if you are pregnant or nursing.

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