33

Products high in calcium and magnesium should not be taken at the same time as antibiotics of the tetracycline (tetracycline, doxicycline, etc.) class, and milk should also be avoided with the quinolone class. They have the ability to bind the antibiotic in the gut, decreasing absorption. There is no reason to avoid dairy products while taking other ...


10

The color, odor and consistency of urine can be differ and can reveal what you've been eating, how much drinking and what diseases you have, so change of the color is usually something completely normal. All substances circulating in your body (including bacteria, yeast, excess protein/sugar can make their way there. It's an important part of your body's ...


7

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is suspected in the face of any acute staph infection that does not respond to normal antibiotics. Even staph that is more resistant to other antibiotics than it is to methicillin is routinely called MRSA. The standard test for MRSA (differentiated from other forms of staph) is as straightforward as it ...


7

Mayo Clinic on the example of tuberculosis: Stopping treatment too soon or skipping doses can allow the bacteria that are still alive to become resistant to those drugs, leading to tuberculosis that is much more dangerous and difficult to treat. So, the logic behind completing the course is to kill as much bacteria as possible to prevent the ...


6

How refreshing to see someone with this attitude! Kudos. Doctors have been so long accustomed - and accosted - to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics (you wouldn't believe some of my experiences***) that sometimes on a borderline case, they'll just write out the script. What a welcome question this would be: Doctor, I'd like to avoid antibiotics if it's ...


6

Doxycycline is a chelating agent. As such it will form a metallo-tetracycline complex in the gut which is basically not absorbed. So, you don't get the benefit of the tetracycline. So, you should take them 3 hours before or after meals. And if you have taken it with a glass of milk, the sensible thing to do is take it again after a few hours. ...


5

The aim of taking two antibiotics at the same is to prevent an overgrowth of the H. pylori strains that could be resistant to a single antibiotic. The antibiotic choice depends on the individual sensitivity to antibiotics. Various treatment regimes have been proposed: Helicobacter pylori treatment: antibiotics or probiotics (Applied microbiology and ...


5

The anti-biotic could possibly be having an antidiuretic effect. This reduces the amount of water in urine, and so the natural yellow hue is intensified. There is a definition of an antidiuretic at Wikipedia. The key element of the body's natural ability to retain urine is Vasopressin. There are natural remedies for both urine retention and lack of urine ...


5

You should not skip any pills when taking oral contracptives. Breakthrough bleeding is not uncommon, especially early on, and the pill is still effective at preventing pregnancy. You should, however, report breakthrough bleeding; your doctor may want to change your pill. Breakthrough Bleeding is one of the most common reasons for women to stop taking their ...


5

Breast milk is known to provide many benefits to the newborn and developing infant. According to 'Bioactive Proteins in Human Milk: Health, Nutrition, and Implications to Infant Formulas.’: Several proteins in breast milk, including lactoferrin, α-lactalbumin, milk fat globule membrane proteins, and osteopontin, have been shown to have bioactivities ...


5

It would appear that breast feeding allows the infant gut flora to rapidly normalize after the course of antibiotics whereas this can be a problem for artificially fed infants who can suffer with post antibiotic diarrhoea. Savino et al., (2011) studied the gut bacteria of exclusively-breastfed infants, with an average age of 4 months, who were admitted to ...


5

The Demodex mite is part of normal skin flora but is often implicated in conditions like rosacea, folliculitis and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids). Erythromycin is an effective treatment. Its mechanism of action is to bind to the 50s subunit of the ribosome (involved in manufacturing proteins in cells) and so inhibits the synthesis of proteins. ...


5

Bryan is correct. As for references as Chris Rogers requests, there are many, given the plethora of texts and papers on the subject. One good text is: Ritter, J., Flower, R. J., Henderson, G., Loke, Y. K., MacEwan, D. J., & Rang, H. P. (2019). Rang and Dale’s pharmacology. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier. To expand on the subject, a good food to ...


5

The possible link between antibiotics and increased allergy and asthma incidence was mentioned at the 2004 annual meeting of American Society for Microbiology (New Scientist, 2004). They said that increased antibiotic use may change normal intestinal flora; more exactly, it may stimulate yeast overgrowth, which may then alter the immunity, but they didn't ...


4

Unfortunately, what you read about chemical interactions of levofloxacin with polyvalent cations is correct - the medicine binds to the cation to form a coordination complex in the gastrointestinal tract, which then cannot be absorbed. From the SPC of levofloxacine: Levofloxacin absorption is significantly reduced when iron salts, or magnesium- or ...


4

First, I will explain what tests DO tell you the bacteria, and how they are used. Secondly, I will explain why clinicians rarely do that for respiratory infections. To test for bacteria, a sample can be taken of the body tissue/fluid that is infected - blood for bacteremia, urine for bladder/kidney infection, pus for abscess, spinal fluid for meningitis, ...


4

This is most commonly a precaution to prevent Mal-absorption. Milk has copious amounts of calcium which bond with the antibiotic in the gut. Once the tetracycline (antibiotic) bonds, it creates a neutral environment for food to digest in. Once the calcium bonds with mil it breaks down the antibiotic as well as the stomach acid used to break it down.This will ...


4

The issue is that antibiotics are not without side effects and the use of most antibiotics carry a risk for developing Clostridium Difficile. If you take more than one class of antibiotic, your risk increases based on the risk associated with the second antibiotic if not more. Furthermore, there's the deleterious effect on the human biome when using ...


4

Dietary restrictions on medication are for a variety of reasons: Interactions that prevent absorption/action - this could include foods that somehow bind with the active ingredient of the drug and therefore limit it's action. The result could be similar to forgetting to take the medication at all. Interactions that prevent enzymatic breakdown - these are ...


4

Lactose is a disaccharide sugar found in milk. Many tablets contain lactose. It is not an active ingredient but simply a filler and is chosen because it has excellent compressibility properties and is biologically safe. It can also be used to form the powder in dry powder inhalers. While people who have a true allergy to lactose should not use tablets that ...


4

Is it possible that antibiotic-resistant bacteria become stronger, that is harder for the immune system to combat? Short answer: It depends on the species of bacteria, immune status of an individual, etc. The authors of this article: The Complex Relationship between Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance (PubMed, 2017) make a vague conclusion that: ...


4

Summary Tobramycin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic. All aminoglycoside antibiotics carry a risk of irreversible ototoxicity. The risk is reduced when applied topically, but not eliminated. Even topical use should be avoided for middle ear infections (otitis media). For external ear infections (otitis externa), care should be taken, including ensuring an ...


3

A scholarly report discusses the matter Several years ago, a scholarly report was published. The report's "Appendix A" discusses, among other things, how to clean your laundry if there's a risk that it may be somewhat contagious. The advice given The report advises: Whenever you do laundry, add some activated oxygen bleach (AOB). Notes: You can use ...


3

It is absolutely possible for moisturizer to make acne worse. You've probably heard the term "non-comedogenic" in advertisements for various skin products, and that means that the product is not supposed to cause zits, aka comedones. Here is a page with a more detailed explanation and a handy chart of common ingredients for reference. Additionally, www....


3

Antibiotics have no effect on viruses. Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis. https://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/


3

Calcium-rich food interferes with absorption of tetracycline considerably: Milk and other dairy products, antacids containing polyvalent cations, as well as various iron salts ingested simultaneously with tetracycline derivatives, might interfere with their absorption by 50 to 90% or even more. Interactions with the Absorption of Tetracyclines However, ...


3

Good afternoon, I'll methodically address each part of your question. The important elements are in bold The abscesses in your mouth won't heal on their own, if the underlying cause is not removed. It will most likely reappear after you stop taking the antibiotics, which should not be used in a long term fashion. If these are dental abscesses, There ...


3

Prescription of an antibiotic by a doctor will be the outcome of weighing the possible good effect it impart and possible side effects. That is, an antibiotic will be prescribed only if needed. In case of dental or gum infections antibiotics may be prescribed after proper oral examination. If the conditions like bleeding gums need a dental prophylaxis or ...


3

Unlikely. Tetracycline topical is generally well tolerated. Side effects reported with systemic administered tetracycline such as gastrointestinal complaints, vaginitis, hematologic abnormalities, dental, and skeletal disorders have not been reported and are unlikely to occur with topical administration. However, A faint yellowing of the skin ...


3

In some cases, antibiotics are given to close contacts Bacterial meningitis is an example of an infection which antibitics would be given to close contacts of someone suffering from a confirmed case, whether the contacts displayed signs and symptoms of meningitis themselves- a prophylactic antibiotic supply. There are a number of official recommendations ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible