The Antibiotic Cocktail: When Too Much is Too Bad

How many times have we seen doctors hand out antibiotics like they were cocktails at an after-dinner party?   Ages ago, our forefathers had no other recourse but to weep and bear it whenever they were struck by some life-threatening disease such as pneumonia and tuberculosis.  But now that we have been blessed to live in this day and age of antibacterials, we tend to misuse them.  Instead of saving lives, they sometimes do us more harm than good when we take them like candy.

Some of us have made it a habit to take antibiotics at the slightest hint of a cold or cough.  This is evidence of misuse, as studies show that when we take antibiotics and other prescription drugs unnecessarily, bacteria become all the more resistant to them.  Also, if we take the same antibiotic for a recurring infection, over time, the body becomes resistant to the medicine’s benefits.

When you take too much antibiotics, you stand to lose the good bacteria from your body as well, as antibiotics can’t distinguish between the good and the bad.  Antibiotics destroy even the good bacteria, so you become more exposed to further infection.   Taking a probiotic supplement is recommended to help augment this.  It’s best to take it on an empty stomach at least three hours from your antibiotic intake.

Antibiotics are still undeniably effective in curing diseases, but if we wish to rely on their efficacy, we’ll have to treat them with respect, and not abuse them.

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Comments

  1. I refrain from taking antibiotics. As much as I can, I let my own antibodies take action. The body can heal itself of minor ailments, so I give my antibodies time to kick some bad bacteria hehehe…

  2. i agree to you. besides too much medicine is harmful to our liver.

  3. As much as possible I refrain from taking medicinal drug. I much prefer taking herbal medicines.

  4. That’s why I try not to give them to my children when they’ve got coughs, well, not unless the cough has already taken more than a week or so, and still not getting better..

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  5. i never take meds unless i can’t take the pain anymore or it’s really necessary…

    i have a friend who has to take high dosage bec normal ones doesn’t have any effects anymore…

  6. i agree what you articulate here…i hesitate taking drugs lalo na anti-biotics

  7. I also don’t like taking antibiotics. I cringe when my kids get sick and the pediatrician whips out a prescription for antibiotics immediately. I prefer natural methods or food.

  8. I really hate taking medicines of any kind….ugh! I just hate how I feel afterwards!

  9. yes..our whole culture is unnatural! a pill for everything…a birth control pill to fix what is not broken…

  10. Gigi Beleno says

    Using or taking antibiotic drugs is something I am always watchful. If possible I don’t use them at all especially for my little boy. Because I think it will later lead to some kind of drug dependency.

  11. I try not to take too much antibiotics and give my kids antibiotics too as I do know that it’s effectiveness diminishes if there is prolong use.

  12. Rosemarie_Pinay Singlemom says

    I also know the bad effect of too much medicine that is why as much as possible I try not to take my medicine for my migraine

  13. I had a lymph node infection last year and had to take antibiotics for a couple of weeks, They cured the infection but left my body stripped of all the good bacteria. It took another 2 weeks to recover from them. They must be respected.

  14. Antibiotics are the worst ever to be invented. I go for alternative medicine as it is safe, cheap, and much more effective.

  15. I do not take any antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary. Overuse of antibiotics have made them ineffective because the bugs have become resistant to them.

  16. You are right, taking antibiotics is not bad but when abused really made it bad.
    Some said that when taking antibiotics, to make it effective and does not made the bacteria immune to it, you should take it continuously for a week.
    Now, I used to take herbal medicine with antibiotic property. I used to dry this and made it into capsules.

  17. Hi Pepper! This is a very helpful information you’ve written.

  18. i don’t remember buying otc medicines for more than 5 years or so, i boil my own herbal concoction if Im not feeling well

  19. I had a patient before, who underwent tooth extraction. The procedure went well and when I handed her prescription she debated with me because I only gave her pain killers and according to her partners daw naman talaga ang mefenamic acid and antibiotics.

    OO diba nakakaloka? Y would you drink something you don’t need? pfffft…

  20. thanks I never knew that antibiotic can do harm to our health, I thought it was ok to use them even without prescription

  21. I agree, antibiotics shouldn’t be taken unless it’s really necessary. That’s why in my family, we resort to natural method in dealing with UTI, coughs and colds.

  22. the walking drug cocktail in me cringes. i am an antibiotic baby. hahahaha. :-D But i agree. When I got older, I found some natural remedies that made the antibiotics less necessary…

  23. nelsonRN says

    As a nurse, I agree that too much antibiotics is bad. But certain cases do require a certain number of antibiotics especially nowadays when there are lots of antibiotic-resistant infections. But what is definite is that we shouldn’t take them without a doctor’s advise.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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