Antibiotics are powerful and safe drugs to use. If used at the right dose, antibiotics are very helpful in curing a disease, but conversely, antibiotics can be dangerous if used without knowing the dose.
What should you know about antibiotic safety?
Side effects of antibiotics include allergic reactions and serious diarrhea that may be life-threatening caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff). The use of antibiotics together with other drugs can interfere with or reduce the efficacy of other drugs that you may consume.
Nearly one in five emergency cases are caused by the side effects of antibiotics. Antibiotics are also a common cause of emergency cases for adolescents under the age of 18.
You will not get any benefit when you take antibiotics when you do not need them, on the contrary, it will cause antibiotic resistance. When resistance develops, antibiotics may not be able to stop and treat infections in the future.
In conclusion, antibiotics have benefits and risks. If you are prescribed antibiotics, discuss the balance of benefits and risks with your doctor.
Side effects of using antibiotics
There are more than 140,000 emergency department visits for reactions to antibiotics each year. Nearly four out of five emergency visits are cases that result from side effects of antibiotic use caused by allergic reactions.
These reactions can range from mild rashes and itching to serious blisters, swelling of the face and throat, and respiratory problems.
The best way to reduce the risk of side effects from antibiotics is to minimize the use of unnecessary antibiotics. You should tell your doctor about past reactions or drug allergies.
C. difficile bacteria:
C. difficile is a type of bacteria or germ that causes diarrhea. When you take antibiotics, the good bacteria that are responsible for protecting you from infection are destroyed for a period of time. During this time, you can get sick because of C. difficile bacteria.
Bacteria can come from the surface of contaminated objects or spread due to cross infections in health care environments such as in hospitals. For that, take antibiotics appropriately and only according to the prescription given by the doctor.
Antibiotics can interact with other drugs that you are currently using, and make those drugs or the benefits of antibiotics less effective. Some drug combinations can worsen the side effects of antibiotics or other drugs that you are taking.
Common side effects of antibiotics include nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Sometimes these symptoms can cause dehydration and other problems. Ask your doctor about drug interactions and potential side effects from antibiotics. Notify your doctor immediately if you have side effects from the antibiotics you are taking.