Ten Things to Know If You Have To Take Antibiotics

  1. They kill bacteria, not viruses, fungus infections, or any other infection. Antibiotics do not kill a cold.
  2. It is best to get a lab culture done through your doctor’s office before taking an antibiotic. If not, make sure you see the doctor or dentist before taking an antibiotic so that he can properly determine if it is a bacterial infection.  If you suspect Strep throat, the doctor can do a quick test that takes 10 minutes in his office to determine if you need an antibiotic.  Hopefully, if he/she prescribes one, they have also sent the culture to a lab to verify negative or positive results.
  3. There are hundreds of antibiotics and millions of bacteria. Your doctor will determine the best antibiotic for you. If you are not feeling better after a few days, call your doctor. You may be on the wrong antibiotic.
  4. They kill good bacteria too. We have healthy bacteria in our bodies called “normal flora” or “friendly bacteria” that support our immune system, gastrointestinal functions, and genitourinary tract.
  5. Antibiotics have side effects, the most common being the result of the # 4 -diarrhea or constipation and oral and vaginal yeast infections. When you take antibiotics, eat yogurt with “live cultures” or ask your doctor about taking acidophilus supplements or “probiotics.” These add the good bacteria back to the body so that you have fewer side effects.
  6. Some antibiotics are best taken with food and others are best taken on an empty stomach. Make sure you know the proper way to take your antibiotic. Usually the most important precautions are on the label. READ THE LABEL.
  7. Most important is to TAKE AS PRESCRIBED AND FINISH THE ENTIRE PRESCRIPTION. If you stop it after you feel better, the next time you need that antibiotic it may not work. The bacteria are smart, and if there are some left over they may attack again with greater strength, called “Super Bugs.”
  8. DON’T SHARE ANTIBIOTICS. The prescription is for you. If anyone gets an infection, they need to see the doctor and get their own prescription.
  9. Some antibiotics can interfere with birth control pills. If you are taking birth control pills, you may want to also use another form of contraceptive while you are taking antibiotics. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about this.
  10. Many people are allergic to antibiotics. Be sure to tell your health care providers about any reactions you have had from antibiotics. Allergies to Penicillin and Sulfa drugs are very common. If you have any reactions while taking any antibiotic call your health provider immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.

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