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      How to take antibiotics safely

      After the discovery of penicillin which dated back to 1940, these have become one of the most potent weapons to fight bacterial infections. Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Cephalexin, Erythromycin and penicillin VK are probably the most common medications prescribed by doctors to treat bacterial infections such as ear infections to gonorrhea.

      An important fact is that only bacterial infections can be cured with antibiotics. Ailments created by viruses such as the common cold, flu, certain bronchitis infections, stomach flu, sore throats and so on.

      How to use antibiotics safely

      Make sure that you take the medicine exactly as your doctor has directed.

      When an antibiotic has been prescribed for you by your doctor, make sure that you inform your doctor about any Allergies that you might have such as a penicillin allergy. Make sure you let your doctor know if you are pregnant. You must also know that some antibiotics can make birth control pills less effective or increase the risk of a yeast infection. They may also interact with other medications that you are taking so make sure you inform your doctor. Grapefruit juice and dietary supplements containing minerals like calcium can bring down the effect of antibiotics.

      Never use an antibiotic that was prescribed for someone else. These may not work for you and may even be harmful.

      When you are prescribed a course of antibiotics, make sure that you take all the pills. Even if you feel better in between, do not discontinue the pills.

      In case you forget a dose, do not double the dose but wait and take the next scheduled dose.

      The best way to take antibiotics is with water. It may impact the way it works if taken with fruit juices, dairy products or alcohol.

      If the whole course of antibiotics has been completed and there is no improvement in the health condition, it’s important to consult the doctor.

      If you find that you have any adverse reaction to drugs, make sure you record it. Check with your doctor if it’s an allergic reaction or something else.

       

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