Antibiotics are medical drugs for destroying bacteria that cause dangerous infectious diseases, for example, angina, otitis, sinusitis, bacterial pneumonia and urinary infections. To date, the pharmaceutical industry produces hundreds of types of antibiotics, each of which has a list of indications, contraindications, side effects.
Universal antibiotics, which equally effectively destroy all kinds of bacteria, and which fit most people, do not exist. Therefore, only a doctor can decide which antibiotic you require and whether you really need it.
Antibiotics destroy bacteria, not viruses. Therefore, taking antibiotics with
- acute bronchitis (in most cases)
- pharyngitis and other non-bacterial diseases of the throat and larynx
- runny nose
at least ineffective, and often harmful through side effects and reduced immunity.
If you take antibiotics in situations when you do not need them, there is a very high probability that they will not help when there is a real need. Bacteria mutate, and the antibiotic just stops affecting them. So there are serious infectious diseases (for example, some forms of tuberculosis), which generally cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Today we can talk about a constant competition between mutating bacteria and the farm industry. Medical companies are creating increasingly powerful and expensive antibiotics, which, for all their effectiveness, cause far more side effects than the good old penicillin. In turn, the bacteria soon again get used to these medicines and again mutate … As a result of this duel, the whole population suffers, and not only those who take antibiotics uncontrollably. Infectious diseases today often occur with atypical symptoms and with an increasing number of complications.
Side Effects of Antibiotics
Symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are present in the “side effects” section of the instructions for almost all known antibiotics. Along with harmful bacteria, anti-inflammatory drugs destroy the entire intestinal flora, which often leads to inflammation of the intestine – ulcerative and other forms of colitis.
Reception of antibiotics is often accompanied by various allergic reactions, so doctors usually prescribe antihistamines together with antibiotics.
Rules of conduct with doctors who like to prescribe antibiotics
Both in America and Europe doctors are very often reinsured and prescribe antibiotics in such cases when it is possible to do without them. Sometimes the patients themselves insist that the doctor appoint antibiotics to them. This in no case cannot be done!
If the doctor writes out a prescription with an antibiotic, be sure to ask him the following questions:
- Is it possible to replace antibiotics with other less potent drugs without much risk?
- What are the possible side effects of prescribed antibiotics and how can they be prevented?
- At what time and in what order should food be taken with antibiotics?
- How much are the prescribed antibiotics compatible with the medicines already taken? With certain foods and alcohol?
- How should I store the open package or antibiotic solution?
Do not forget to inform the doctor about all chronic illnesses and medications taken. Particular care should be exercised when young children, seniors, pregnant or nursing mothers are ill.
There are two basic rules for taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Take antibiotics exactly as instructed by your doctor. It applies to the amount and time of taking, and the combination of the drug with other medicines and food.
- Even if the symptoms of the disease have decreased or disappeared, do not stop taking the antibiotic before the end of the prescribed course. Otherwise, you may later develop an even heavier infection that will not respond well to treatment.
Antibiotics and alcohol
Contrary to popular belief, the use of alcohol in most cases does not affect the effectiveness of antibiotics. However, there are exceptions. Alcohol categorically cannot be consumed with such a drug as metronidazole and some other anti-inflammatory drugs.
On the other hand, the use of alcohol during antibiotic treatment can significantly increase the side effects of taking medications like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Also, high doses of alcohol are a serious burden on the liver, the resources of which may not be enough to process the drugs taken.