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Dr. Martin Raff
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Side effects of expired medication, particularly antibiotics?

Side effects of expired medication, particularly antibiotics?

How long? Which?: Most expiration dates are about half of the actual time that the compounds remain active, but this may not guarantee their activity. Side-effects of the products of these compounds as they deteriorate vary with the compound, but very few if any have serious toxicities. Best to throw them out if they have expired. Better than taking a chance they are inactive or toxic. ...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


Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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What are the side effects of most antibiotics?

What are the side effects of most antibiotics?

See below: Over all, i would say the most common side effect of antibiotics include those related to the gastrointestinal issues such as stomach upset and diarrhea. Based on the type of antibiotics, the problems associated with antibiotics can include allergic reactions that would include skin rashes, headaches, oral thrush, interactions with other medications. This question would be easier with 1 antibiotic. ...Read more

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Dr. David Lemme
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Which foods are good for side effects of antibiotics?

Probiotics.: After using antibiotics, the normal good bacteria (normal flora) has been killed off and needs to be re=colonized. Eating foods with natural cultures of bacteria, such as yoghurt or kefir will help to recolonize the gut and resolve GI complaints. ...Read more

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For what length of time can the side effects of antibiotics last?

Dpends on the effect: There are many side effects from different antibiotics from slight rash to diarrhea to serious and life threatening side effects like steven johnson syndrome and others and it may be few days to several weeks after the antibiotics are stopped. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Karsant
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Can all antibiotics give you bad side effects?

Side effects: All drugs have side effects and they vary from person to person. Some can be more serious than others. If you have questions on a particular drug see your pharmacist or md to be sure you understand how to use the drug and what if anything to avoid while on the drug. ...Read more

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How often can antibiotics have side effects?

How often can antibiotics have side effects?

Allergy and others: Antibiotics kill bacteria. In doing so they may kill the normal flora of your body or your vagina allowing yeast to sometimes grow. Other side effects include interaction with other medications or allergy responses. ...Read more

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When after beginning antibiotics do side effects occur?

When after beginning antibiotics do side effects occur?

Variable: Severe allergic reactions may occur instantly or take days to weeks to show up other side effects also take a variable time or in the case of certain antibiotics wait till you get in the sun. There really is no rule to predict by. ...Read more

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How long can the side effects of using antibiotics last?

How long can the side effects of using antibiotics last?

Abx side effects: Usually mild side effects related to antibiotics disappear within 24-48hrs after stopping the antibiotic. Severe side effects can take longer to resolve and , in rare cases, may cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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