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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


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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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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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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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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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How do you know the difference between antibiotic side effects and regular colitis?

How do you know the difference between antibiotic side effects and regular colitis?

Test: Both can cause diarrhea, pain and bleeding. Stool can be tested for c diff , the cause of antibiotic colitis. If positive need to be treated. If negative you will need a GI workup that may include a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How can one tell the difference between antibiotic side effects and colitis?

How can one tell the difference between antibiotic side effects and colitis?

Not always different: Colitis can be a bad side effect of taking antibiotics. Talk to your doctor if you have excessive diarrhea that does not get better or if the stools become bloody stool. Drink lots of fluids to keep from getting dehydrated. Call your physician if this condition worsens and you become weak and dehydrated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of vancomycin antibiotics?

What are the side effects of vancomycin antibiotics?

See below: All drugs carry the risk of side effects and toxicities. Vancomycin can cause a variety of skin rashes and allergies. If infused too rapidly it can cause a histamine release "red man syndrome" and can cause IV site phlebitis. If given in doses too high for the level of kidney function renal insufficiency and hearing problems can develop. Low white blood cell and platelet counts can occur. ...Read more

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Do you think the brat diet will help someone having side effects from antibiotics?

Do you think the brat diet will help someone having side effects from antibiotics?

See below: If you are having diarrhea from antibiotics, i would eat yogurt and take something called florastor. Floratsor is a probiotic which will help replenish beneficial bacteria in the GI tract. ...Read more

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