Things You Need To Know About Antibiotics

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Antibiotics are a group of medicines that are used for the treatment of an infection that is caused by germs like parasites and bacteria. A parasite is a kind of germ that requires another to live in or on another living being. They are sometimes referred to as antimicrobials or antibacterial. However, it is important to keep in mind that antibiotics do not work against viruses or fungal infection, or fungi. They are grouped together based on the way they work. Different types of antibiotics are used for different kinds of infection.

How do antibiotics work?

Some antibiotics work by killing the parasites or the germs. Most of the time, this is done by interfering with the structure of the cell wall of the parasite or the bacteria. While on the other hand, others work by stopping the bacteria from multiplying.

How to choose antibiotics?

The choice of the drug depends on the type of infection that you have and the germ that is causing the infection. The thing is those specific antibiotics from My Canadian Pharmacy work on specific germs. There are other factors that have an influence on the choice of the medication that you are prescribed:

  1. The severity of the infection;
  2. The way in which your kidney and liver are functioning;
  3. Schedule of the dosage;
  4. Others medicines that you are taking;
  5. A history of allergy to an antibiotic;
  6. If you are breastfeeding or pregnant;
  7. Common side effects.

Precautions

It is important to take drugs for bacterial infection correctly. Otherwise, they will not have a proper effect. Make sure whether it has to be taken in empty stomach or along with food. When taken properly, these drugs get absorbed much rapidly by the body. Thus, it is important to follow the recommendations of the doctor or the leaflet that comes along with the product.

Take the full course of the medicine for bacterial infection. Do not stop taking the medication even if you start feeling well. If you do so, the infection might return. Also, this might cause the bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. You should also avoid overusing medicine. This is because it makes some bacteria change their form and become resistant to the drug. Thus, it fails to work the next time you need it.

Side effects of antibiotics

Like all other medicines, antibiotics for bacterial infections also have their own list of side effects. Most of the time, these side effects are not severe. Common side effects include:

  • Diarrhea;
  • Soft stools;
  • Mild stomach upset;
  • Nausea.

In rare cases, you might also incur some allergic reaction to the drug. Some of the serious side effects of the drug for bacterial infection include:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Vaginal discharge or bleeding;
  • Vomiting;
  • White patches on the tongue;
  • Severe diarrhea.

At times, antibiotics might react with other medicines that you are taking. Thus, you need to inform the doctor about all your different ongoing medicines before using this drug.

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