What are the consequences of taking antibiotics? Also discover its most important secondary or adverse effects and how to reduce or avoid them.
As we knew in a previous article in which we talked about care after wisdom tooth extraction, one of the basic recommendations that the medical specialist prescribes after the operation or surgery is the consumption of antibiotic medications, as a way to prevent infections, so common in a place where bacteria proliferate.
Antibiotics are drugs that kill or prevent the growth of certain classes of sensitive microorganisms (usually bacteria), treating infections caused by germs, or preventing the onset of infections.
It is common to prescribe them together with stomach protectors, since they can cause stomach upset and other digestive and intestinal disorders, such as diarrhea or black or bloody stools.
Adverse effects of antibiotics
As we briefly indicated in the previous section, it is true that diarrhea becomes one of the most common side effects. But why does it appear?
The truth is that the appearance of diarrhea after the consumption of antibiotics is due to the fact that these drugs not only eliminate pathogenic bacteria, but also the different bacteria that we can find in the intestinal flora, disturbing the normal balance of the intestinal microbial micro biota.
Candida yeast infection (candidiasis)
But antibiotics do not cause side effects in the digestive system, since they can also alter the vaginal micro biota, causing the appearance of the dreaded yeast infection, which tends to reproduce uncontrollably, causing the appearance of thick white discharge and itching.
Other side effects of taking antibiotics
- Digestive and intestinal problems: flatulence or gas, constipation and/or diarrhea.
- Food malabsorption.
- food intolerances
- Skin disorders.
- Greater predisposition to suffer from flu or colds.
How to avoid the effects of taking antibiotics?
Given that antibiotics can be a clear enemy for the intestinal flora, it may be interesting to consume probiotics, which are products rich in live bacteria and lactic acid, which helps strengthen our immune system while protecting our flora.
The most popular and well-known are Lactobacillus Casey and Bifid bacterium Bifid, although others also exist.
As we indicated in previous lines, stomach protectors can help reduce most side effects of antibiotics, especially in our digestive and intestinal systems.