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Antibiotic Are Not Candy




Antibiotics have long been scrutinized for their misuse, overuse, and harsh side effects.


If taken incorrectly, researchers believe antibiotics can do more harm than good. They can cause bacteria to become increasingly resistant to treatment, for example, and destroy healthy flora in the gut.


Antibiotics only work to treat bacterial infections. They don’t work for infections caused by viruses, which can include:


+ Common cold

+ Runny nose

+ Most coughs

+ Bronchitis

+Flu


There are many different groups, or classes, of antibiotics. These classes have side effects and typically affect men and women the same way. However, certain side effects are more common from some antibiotics than from others.


More common side effects


Stomach upset


Many antibiotics cause stomach upset or other gastrointestinal side effects.

These can include:

+Nausea

+ Vomiting

+ Cramps

+ Diarrhea


What to do

Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether to take your antibiotic with food. Eating can help reduce stomach side effects from certain antibiotics such as amoxicillin and doxycycline (Doryx).


However, this approach won’t work for all antibiotics. Some antibiotics, such as tetracycline, must be taken on an empty stomach.


Talk to your doctor to make sure you know how you’re supposed to take your drug and if there are other ways you can ease stomach side effects.

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