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I took antibiotics and now my intestines are unhappy

I have had a really rough month, with the worst asthma attack I can remember having, which resulted in a course of steroids and a Z-pack (antibiotics.) Now my stomach is extremely unhappy with me. What concrete, supported-by-actual-science steps can I take to finish recovering? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Sep 15, 2016 - 23 answers

Monitoring infection during switchover to oral antibiotics

Should the hospital be monitoring CRP and other signs of infection when switching over from IV to oral antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by molla on Jul 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Antibiotic Side Effects

Does anyone have any experience taking Ciprofloxacin? I was just prescribed a two-week course for prostatitis and did some research online, only to find numerous horror stories about its side effects, including tendon rupture and other long-lasting problems. Am I really OK to take this stuff? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Jan 16, 2015 - 26 answers

frequent topical antibiotics: triple antibiotic? iodine? chlorhexidine?

What are the odds that applying triple antibiotic ointment every month is going to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria on my skin? I also have access to iodine and chlorhexidine. Would it help to use one of those instead? Or maybe rotate between them? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Oct 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Can raw garlic cure my stomach ulcer and remove H. pylori?

I'm starting a garlic treatment for my stomach ulcer, and have some concerns about whether this will work. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics, but my naturopath has recommended raw garlic (3-4 times daily) and I want to try that approach first, along with other supporting herbs. However I'm worried about the ramifications if this fails, because stomach ulcers are pretty serious from what I hear. Am I taking a big risk of perforation, cancer, internal bleeding etc. by not taking the medication? And is it possible that the garlic could eradicate H. pylori bacteria? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Oct 16, 2013 - 34 answers

Probiotics during/after antibiotics?

I'm on a course of antibiotics, so I'd like to begin re-colonizing myself with some helpful gut flora. Totally willing to get whatever from wherever; there are Whole Foods and various hippie stores (no slight intended) around where I can purchase food or pills, if I need something not available at a mainstream big box retailer or grocery store. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Before antibiotics, was every infection fatal ?

A hundred years ago, if you had an infection that we would today treat with antibiotics, what was the typical prognosis ? Death ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Jul 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Give me advice on probiotics

I'm taking Augmentin (an antibiotic) for a sinus infection. My doctor said I should also take Florastor, a probiotic, to avoid stomach issues. But won't the Augmentin kill anything that Florastor manages to grow? I know, YANMD, but if you have any experience taking antibiotics and probiotics at the same time, please tell me how that worked for you. Did it help with antibiotic-related tummy trouble?
posted by tuesdayschild on Nov 8, 2012 - 16 answers

Why has my acne become so much more potent, painful, and permanent?

YANMD: (Almost) all of a sudden, my acne has become more cystic, leaving deeper and darker scars, and when broken stinging more. Have I been doing terrible harm to my body? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jun 24, 2012 - 8 answers

How to Talk to a Surgeon, Episode 759

I had reconstructive surgery to close a carcinoma wound this week and the surgeon rushed and botched the stitching. I did everything I could think of to have it seen. Now I don't want to see him for my scheduled appointment next week. I also have to keep things open with insurance and other area surgeons for a possible scar correction after a year. More inside. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Feb 18, 2012 - 12 answers

i'm sick and unhappy about it and still have to work. can i make this any quicker?

i have a sinus infection. i feel confident in that diagnosis because i've had a lot of sinus infections in the past. is there any point to going to the MD? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jan 5, 2012 - 30 answers

Should I ask my doctor for a Cipro alternative?

My doctor prescribed me Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) for a potential prostate infection. This is the first prescription drug I've been on in about 10 years. After reading up on the internet about potential side effects (as well as FDA black box warnings [!]) I have to admit I am rather concerned about permanent damage to weight bearing joints and possible tendon rupture (which can occur long after you stop treatment) There are a bunch of lawsuits going on about it. I do fairly heavy weight training and this makes me nervous. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Should we all switch to copper?

If copper is so effective at destroying bacteria, including antibiotic resistant organisms and viruses, why don't we see it used as a standard material in settings like hospitals, schools, public transportation etc? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Could this be an allergic reaction to doxycycline?

Could this be an allergic reaction to doxycycline? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing on Sep 5, 2011 - 7 answers

What is up with my skin?

I thought I had mild "papulopustular rosacea." Putting Polysporin on the red bumps helped a lot. Then I took acyclovir for a cold sore and the bumps cleared up completely! None of the online resources on rosacea have indicated acyclovir as a treatment. So what did I have? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Dec 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Identify that med: new or expermimental antibiotic circa 1989 in midwest U.S.

Long shot: I had an allergic reaction to a new or experimental antibiotic circa 1989 in the midwest U.S. Anybody out there know what this antibiotic might have been? [more inside]
posted by moira on Nov 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Trying to figure out if this is a reaction to antibiotic

Anxiety about antibiotic. What happens if I stop taking it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Am I pregnant?

Did antibiotics + unprotected sex get me pregnant? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle on Dec 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Should I take the antibiotics?

MediFilter: Should I take the antibiotics for my staph infection, even though it's getting better? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Apr 16, 2009 - 39 answers

Antibiotics bad for conception?

Wife and I are trying to conceive and I just began antibiotics. Any risk? [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Mar 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Do I need to use two tubes of antibiotic eye ointment?

The pediatrician says my two-week-old baby has a potential eye infection-- her left eye isn't draining properly yet. The pediatrician prescribed erythromycin ointment. Coincidentally, about three weeks ago, our cat was prescribed erythromycin for her eye infection, which is now long cleared. I still have about four-fifths of a tube. Is there any reason that I shouldn't use the cat's ointment on the baby? It seems like a waste to open another tube of the stuff.
posted by Mayor Curley on Dec 2, 2008 - 34 answers

Best micriobiology textbook for self-teaching?

What is the best microbiology textbook for a non-microbiologist scientist who works in the pharma industry with antibiotic products? [more inside]
posted by Punctual on Nov 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Levaquin side-effects

How worried should I be about the side effects of this medicine? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Jun 8, 2008 - 17 answers

Is my kitty sick or in need of a nose job?

Does my cat have a chronic respiratory infection, or is it possible she just naturally has poor breathing passages? Ever since my partner and I adopted her and her sister in August she has had periodic coughing and hacking fits that have been relatively unaffected by three separate rounds of antibiotics. Now I wonder if maybe she just has the equivalent of a deviated septum, or whether it's time for hospitalization. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Going down... and staying there.

How do I rid myself of this recent pill-swallowing phobia? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Jan 3, 2007 - 29 answers

The lump IS my throat...

Doctor at the clinic said I don't have strep throat, but I'm not convinced. What else could this be? Should I take antibiotics? Other ways to fight strep? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Jul 31, 2006 - 21 answers

The bunny won't take its meds...

Help me get a rabbit to take its antibiotics! [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Mar 15, 2006 - 8 answers

What is the role of antiseptics/antibiotics in the wound healing process?

What is the role of antiseptics/antibiotics in the wound healing process? On a cut, for example, it seems that constant reapplication of neosporin makes a cut take longer to heal. What's going on here? Is it just preventing a scab from forming due to the moisturizing quality of such creams? Does that actually impede healing? For cuts in the mouth, it seems like frequent use of an alcohol-based antiseptic mouthwash would kill most living cells in the area, preventing quick healing. Is this the case? I'm aware that these substances prevent infection, but do they have any other effects, good or bad in the healing process?
posted by sirion on Jun 21, 2005 - 10 answers

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