The Truth About Antibiotics

Antibiotics

The word antibiotic was first used in 1942 but this doesn’t meant that antibiotics were first used then. In fact, it was in 1929 when penicillin was first used – an antibiotic. But this lacked some of the main components to kill bacteria and some of the ingredients that we see in today’s antibiotics.

With advancements of modern medicine, most of the ingredients are now semisynthetic versions of the natural compounds. There are two main categories of antibiotics, bactericidal agents kill bacteria and bacteriostatic agents slowdown of stall bacterial spread.

Alcohol

Alcohol should never be taken with antibiotics unless otherwise specifically stated. Mixing alcohol with antibiotics can cause various side effects and in addition can lessen the benefit of the antibiotic. Please avoid alcohol while taking antibiotics.

Side Effects Of Antibiotics

While antibiotics have their place in the human lifecycle, they do have their issues. Most antibiotics don’t have any side effects for some people but others suffer. Some of the side effects include weight gain (try different ways to lose weight to combat the weight gain), allergic reactions, rashes, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, among other side effects. The most important thing to do if you do experience ANY side effect is to see your doctor.

Alternatives

There has been an increase in bacterial strains so there has had to be some changes in antibiotics. There are alternatives:

  • Resisitance-Modifying Agents
  • Vaccines

Sources:

  1. E Medicine Health
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