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Penicillin And Probiotics
I recently developed a penicillin allergy. Does this mean I need to be careful of any probiotics now as well?
Penicillin allergy: No, there is no cross-reactivity between the usual organisms contained in probiotic preparations and the drug penicillin or its derivatives. You should, however, make note of the type of reaction you experienced and transmit this information to any doctor you see for any reason. People with an allergic reaction to one agent may have a higher risk of reacting to others. ...Read more
Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more
How long do penicillin side effects like diarrhea last? Imodium ad doesn't help. What about probiotics?
If I took penicillin once and didn't get Steven Johnson syndrome could I take again m not get that or s reaction?
See below: Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a "rare" and "unpredictable" reaction. An adverse drug reaction is often the cause, with antibiotics, especially sulfa drugs, being one of the classes of medications that can cause this reaction. It has been reported with penicillin (PCN). PCN allergy is often an acquired allergy, occurring after prior exposure (s) that was not associated with any adverse reaction (s). ...Read more
OK: Thankfully, if you took 3 penicillin you don't need to go to the ER or call poison control. Depending on the strength of penicillin, sometimes it is dosed to take 4 times a day (not all at once), but if you accidentally took them all at once you still won't "overdose" - might get a stomach ache or diarrhea, but no OD. Still, always take your meds as prescribed!!! ...Read more
Yes but rare: Penicillin is mostly metabolized/breakdown by the liver and the by-product is then excreted to the outside world via the kidneys in the urine. Typically this does not affect kidney functions, but in the rare cases when penicillin causes interstitial nephritis, renal function is affected. So, if you are not taking any else and now has kidney trouble with penicillin, get it checked. Good luck. ...Read more