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Old 01-25-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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From a recent editorial in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases:

"....should be comfortable making the following statement to most of their patients with acute respiratory tract infections: 'For your infection, there is an ~1/4000 chance that an antibiotic will prevent a serious complication, a 5 - 25% chance that it will cause diarrhea, and an ~1/1000 chance that you will require a visit to the emergency department because of a bad reaction to the antibiotic.'"

Linder JA. CID 2008;47:744-746.


So stop asking for drugs every time you get a stuffy nose.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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I should pass that onto my MIL... every time someone coughs the wrong way, she thinks they need an antibiotic. Green snot? Antibiotic. Itchy spot on hand? Antibiotic. Baby crying at night? Must have an infection, needs an antibiotic.

I'm totally not kidding.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:28 AM
 
Location: FL to GA back to FL
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Natures own antibiodic is something called "oil of oregano" I take that any sign of not feeling well. It is nasty tasting but amazing stuff!

And if you are on prescribed antibiodics don't forget to take probiotics to help balance the nasty things that antibiodics do to your system.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:57 AM
 
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The more you have the less effective they are, worth bearing in mind.

I'll also agree with ready2move that acidophilus is crucial if you're on antibiotics, many doctor's don't mention that.

AND also some antibiotics can make your birth control pill less effective, something to bear in mind so you can use extra protection. Something that I'm quite sure several of my girlfriends over the years wish their doctor's had told them!
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago 'burbs'
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The more you have the less effective they are, worth bearing in mind.

AND also some antibiotics can make your birth control pill less effective, something to bear in mind so you can use extra protection. Something that I'm quite sure several of my girlfriends over the years wish their doctor's had told them!
Your first comment is 100% true. I had chronic sinus infections and after a while, I needed a stronger anti-biotic because the one I was using stopped working. This happens to many people who are on antibiotics often.

Second, if you read the packaging for the med (which most people don't) it should say to use a back up method of B.C. while on antibiotics. My one friend "forgot" all about this and ended up with TWINS while on the pill after her older kids gave her strep throat and she was on PCN!!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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Your first comment is 100% true. I had chronic sinus infections and after a while, I needed a stronger anti-biotic because the one I was using stopped working. This happens to many people who are on antibiotics often.
This isn't quite true...

Patient's tell me all the time they have become "resistant" to certain antibiotics or a certain antibiotic doesn't "work" for them...

Organisms become resistant to antibiotics, not people....

If you have a bacterial infection and a certain antibiotic does not clear the infection that simply means the wrong antibiotic was chosen. Either the wrong class of antibiotic was used or the organism is resistant to the antibiotic chosen.

There are lots of types of "bugs" not every antibiotic is appropriate for every type of infection....ideally antibiotic choices are driven by culture and sensitivity reports which will identify which drugs or class of drugs the bug is sensitive to but this isn't always possible.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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The bugs evolved because of anti-biotic overuse. Thats pretty common knowledge I thought.

Also:
"The results are not proof that antibiotics caused the increased infections. But Margolis says there are several theories to explain the connection. One is that antibiotics change the bacteria flora at the back of the throat -- making people more vulnerable to infections. Another theory is that the antibiotics lead to a sort of system-wide change in the body."
Doubts Raised Over Antibiotic Use for Acne : NPR

That was for an acne article but its running through your blood stream all the same.

I stopped getting anti-biotic for a repeat ear infection and just dealt with a dull ache for a week. Letting it clear on its own made it never come back. I just drank water and ate lots of veggies that week.
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