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Can long term antibiotic use cause git problems? Treatement please

Can long term antibiotic use cause git problems? Treatement please

Antimicrobials...: Can cause changes in the GI tract flora leading to diarrhea, c. Difficile or otherwise. Also the changes get lead to changes in the metabolism of many drugs. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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What should I do about potential antibiotic use side effects?

What should I do about potential antibiotic use side effects?

Antibiotic SE's: If you have any serious side effects, please let your prescribing provider know. ...Read more

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How common is drug eruption w/antibiotic use? Does it mean you can't use that antibiotic? If happens w/one antibiotic, more likely to happen w/others?

How common is drug eruption w/antibiotic use? Does it mean you can't use that antibiotic? If happens w/one antibiotic, more likely to happen w/others?

Antibiotic: If you are allergic to one antibiotic, you may be allergic to antibiotics in that family group of antibiotics. It is best to discuss with your primary care physician AND the pharmacist who is dispensing the antibiotic in question. Always keep of list of which antibiotics you are allergic to. ...Read more

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Can antibiotic use cause complication in mono patients?

Possibly: For the mono patients i see as an ENT doctor i usually prescribe steroids and an antibiotic. The patients usually have huge infected tonsils and i treat with antibiotics to prevent bacterial superinfection of the virally damaged tissue. In my years of experience this has been successful in not only helping the throat symptoms but preventing later secondary recurrent tonsillitis. ...Read more

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My UTI will not go away. I have been taking a lot of different antibiotics one after the other. How much is too much for antibiotic use?

My UTI will not go away. I have been taking a lot of different antibiotics one after the other. How much is too much for antibiotic use?

Depends: There is no set number of times until resistance develops. That being said, if the symptoms keep returning it is possible that you do not actually have an infection but another condition called interstitial cystitis. You should see a urologist for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Going to be tested for C diff after antibiotic use. If I end up being tx for it, is it okay to try for pregnancy next month? Recurrence risk? Worried!

Going to be tested for C diff after antibiotic use. If I end up being tx for it, is it okay to try for pregnancy next month? Recurrence risk? Worried!

C diff: If your treatment for c diff is successful as determined by follow-up stool culture and you feel healthy, I don't see why you shouldn't attempt to get pregnant. If you have to stay on medications, then you should ask your obgyn for advice on this matter. ...Read more

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I have recently taken trimethoprim for a uti. I have since found out that antibiotic use can lead to c diff. How likely is it that this will happen?

I have recently taken trimethoprim for a uti. I have since found out that antibiotic use can lead to c diff. How likely is it that this will happen?

Not very likely: Theoretically, any antibiotic use can lead to c diff. Trimethoprim is not a high offender on the list however. If you are truly concerned, you can take probiotics like florastor or lactinex while you are taking the antibiotic to lessen your chance of the infection. ...Read more

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Can ingest alcoholic beverage while antibiotic use?

Can ingest alcoholic beverage while antibiotic use?

See below: This depends on the antibiotics taken. There are a number of antibiotics that, when combined with alcohol, can cause serious reactions and problems. Please talk to you doctor. ...Read more

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What about bacterial resistance from antibiotic use?

What about bacterial resistance from antibiotic use?

Antibiotics: Bacteria have a remarkable ability to mutate to become resistant to various antibiotics. Bacterial resistance is very real and poses a serious health threat now and probably more so in the future. Antibiotic use needs to be limited and choice of antibiotic specific to the bacteria being treated. ...Read more

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Night sweats caused by pain medication and antibiotic use?

Night sweats caused by pain medication and antibiotic use?

Possible: Its possible to have night sweat with either. Once you complete antibiotic course and sweating continues, try stopping pain meds and if still have night sweats, it would warrant a thorough check up by your physician. ...Read more

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Diarrhea in a 8 month old with antibiotic use with puenonia ?

Not uncommon: As long as it is not severe, do be patient. If severe, very watery with pain, a change of medications may be needed. A bland cereal, apple sauce type diet helps. Avoid juices. Please be aware of incidental stomach flu type infections too. ...Read more

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Someone told me they read frequent antibiotic use raises cancer risk. Any truth to that? If so, what constitutes "frequent" use?

Someone told me they read frequent antibiotic use raises cancer risk. Any truth to that? If so, what constitutes "frequent" use?

No basis: There is no basis for the statement you mentioned. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Should I stop antibiotic use if I have the flu?

Should I stop antibiotic use if I have the flu?

Depends on reason: It depends on why you're taking the antibiotics. Antibiotics won't treat the flu, which is caused by a virus. ...Read more

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Is any of this ok?Constant bladder instillations, uti's, low-dose antibiotic use.. A friend. I worry.

Is any of this ok?Constant bladder instillations, uti's, low-dose antibiotic use.. A friend. I worry.

Confusing: Do not understand your questions? Most of this is better answered by your friend, and if you are close, supportive conversations may help you understand what is going on. Have no idea what bladder instillations are. ...Read more

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With the increase of drug-resistent strains of different infectious diseases, is the future of antibiotic use bleak?

With the increase of drug-resistent strains of different infectious diseases, is the future of antibiotic use bleak?

No: The future of antibiotic use in general is not bleak as newer ones are likely to be discovered (even though it's getting harder to do so). What is bleak is the prospect of existing antibiotics, whose efficacy continue to wane as more bacetria develop resistance to them due to their abuse and misuse. ...Read more