How long can you safely take antibiotics?
Posted 06 November 2007 - 04:24 PM
Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:58 AM
Posted 08 November 2007 - 03:47 AM
Bactrim is about the ONLY Antibiotic you need to watch out for, other than that...they're pretty safe for year usage...i know people who have been on antibiotics for 5+ years. They're fine. Healthy as horses, with NO health risk or problems from the antibiotics. And NO you WILL NOT become immune to antibiotic treatment if you're on antibiotics for long terms....they have FAR more antibiotics to treat ANY kind of illness you may have. You'll NEVER run out of antibiotics to take. Don't fear them. They're very simple. Most of these stories you hear are scare tactics.
Posted 08 November 2007 - 03:51 AM
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 03:32 PM
Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:42 AM
The most famous one is MRSA-a skin infection, where even the strongest antibiotics out there are not effective against some strains.
And my doctor doesn't suggest long term antibiotic use as well. I took a strong antibiotic for a week to settle down my acne, and that was as long as I could take it.
Antibiotics target a general characteristic of bacteria, and can also attack the normal flora in the body. Its a good thing to eat some probiotics after an antibiotic course.
And we don't have countless antibiotics. The strongest one out there off the top of my head is vanomycin (sp?), and there are some strains of MRSA resistant to that now. Its a last resort antibiotic.
Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:47 AM
I don't know anything about cycling off and on though. Wouldn't that enable the bacteria to develop a resistance to the drug by going on and off? You need to ask your doctor about that.
Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:01 AM
Posted 11 November 2007 - 09:12 PM