Antibiotics Guide

The Way Antibiotics Work

Antibiotics – are the important part of a modern medicine and are widely used in treatment of different kind of infections that are caused by bacteria. The following information is about these medications and the way antibiotics work, about the possible side reactions and the importance of following the doctor’s recommendations when taking antibiotics.

Antibiotics are nor effective in fighting all Infections. They work only against infections that are caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are not typically effective against most types of infection. So it’s not likely that your doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic if you have certain infection.

Some antibiotics perform effectiveness against only a particular type of bacteria, whereas others are effective in fighting a wide variety of it. Among bacterial infections are the following: strep throat, ear infection,lung and bladder infections. However, not all bacterial infections need be treated with antibiotics. The treatment depends on your condition and symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe you the most suitable antibiotic for your case.

Antibiotics can provoke adverse reactions. If the medical professional prescribes you an antibiotic as your treatment, ask him about the possible side reactions.

Antibiotics can provoke

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • and stomach ache.

Some patients might experience an allergy that is accompanied by rash and itching or in some cases, shortness of breath. If you suffer from any side reactions while taking antibiotics, inform your doctor.

It’s well-known fact, that bacteria might become resistant to antibiotic medications. Excessive use of antibiotic medications can lead to antibiotic resistance. It occurs when antibiotics doesn’t work against bacteria any more. Antibiotic resistance is explained excessive use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Taking antibiotic medications too often and overlong or not accomplishing the course of treatment with antibiotics will lead to increased resistance of bacteria.

Always take antibiotics according to a doctor’s prescription. These medications should be used only if it was prescribed by the doctor. Consult the medical professional before using any other drugs as it may interact negatively and cause a bad effect for you. Never take antibiotics given to you by some other person else or antibiotics that were prescribed for your previous illness.

Here you can find three most important steps for you to follow in order your treatment with antibiotics to be beneficial and effective:

1. Ensure that you take the prescribed dose of antibiotics. The dosage is a key factor regarding the effectiveness of antibiotics. If the dose is not adequate, it won’t bring benefits to your condition and won’t treat the infection. Moreover, it is likely to develop resistance as in this case, the bacteria go on growing and develop ways to affect the effectiveness of the antibiotic.

2. Always complete the full course of antibiotic treatment according to the doctor’s prescription. Very often, when the person feels better, he stops taking antibiotics. But even if symptoms are gone, the bacteria may still be uncured and the infection can come back. It may also lead to resistance to antibiotics.

3. Antibiotics should not be kept and reused. It’s important to take the complete course of antibiotic treatment. But if antibiotics are left, don’t take them to any other disease. Infections differ and require different types of antibiotic medications, so using the remaining antibiotics is not effective.

Always consult with your doctor before taking any antibiotic medications or before discontinuing of antibiotics in order to avoid possible adverse reactions or a worsening of your health condition.